Cross Wires are a East London/Essex based four piece consisting of Jonathan Chapman (Vocals) Peter Muller (Guitar) Pete Letch (Bass) and Ian Clarke (Drums).
The band played their first gig at The Others in Stoke Newington in late 2010. Since then they have played across London and Essex at venues such as Camden Barfly, 93 Feet East,The Half Moon,The Rhythm Factory, The Wheelbarrow, Heroes Bar, The Silver Bullet and Hoxton Underbelly.
The band has featured on numerous blogs and radio stations including Amazing Radio, Sounds Good To Me Too, Rock N Roll in My Soul and Luminous Plectrum.
To date they have released 3 EPs – Forward/Repeat and Animal Heat in 2011 and Dark Water in 2012.
Listen to two tracks from the Assembly EP here:
‘I Want To Be Your Man (Again)’
…and ‘Stranger’s Bed’
“It was a pleasure to discover this band. Don’t Go Surfing!!! is only 1 Min 19 seconds long but it’s absolutely superb” – Charlie Ashcroft Amazing Radio
“This is why punk is beautiful, Songs that last just about long enough to jump off the sofa, Run onto the street, headbutt someone and then return to the sofa. That’s what punk is surely all about. Brevity and Headbutting” – Sounds Good To Me Too
” We think that their scratchy, angular but melodic and danceable sound has the potential for a much wider appeal, basically, with tunes as good as these we think they should be huge” – Room Thirteen
“Billing themselves as ‘punk / post punk’, Cross Wires combine the raw intensity of the former genre with the distance and experimentation of the latter, creating short, punchy tunes which connect on a visceral level” – Supajam
“Music made for historic public houses and sweaty backroom bars, London based ‘Cross Wires’ balance a volatile brand of anarchic New Wave with trashy Indie-Punk and reverential arrogance” – Mojophenia
“Fans of earlier Cross Wires releases will be thrilled to hear that it’s more of the same from the Bethnal Green boys, but if you’re among the uninitiated, prefer your punk more minimalist, and in the vein of Wire circa 1977, this will have you digging out your bomber jackets and Doctor Martens’ boots. So listen in, and give your King Lears a treat” – Instamission Music (Dark Water EP Review)
“This very short EP packs a charismatic punch. The opening track, Central Sea, is a solid introduction to the bands style. Displaying a creative experimentation of sounds and styles as it parades through strong and pushy drum beat which acts as a drum roll for a catchy and passionate vocal attack, backed up by echoey, sci-fi-esque backing vocals before drawing the curtain with a very, different, almost spacey guitar riff” – Alternative Music Review (Dark Water EP Review)
“The E.P kicks off with “Central Sea”- a fast and furious blast of punk rock. Everything about this track is raw from the vocals to the production- but despite the minimalism this track puts you on your feet as soon as you hear it. Singer Jon Chapman’s snarling vocals are backed up by angular guitars and thumping drums. Danceable and infectious- this is how punk rock should be written” MRU Magazine (Dark Water EP review)
” This song is the whole package creating an unbreakable wall of sound. It’s absolute madness and it’s absolutely addictive” – Rock N Roll In My Soul (On the track Central Sea)
” The lead singer is compelling to watch, the music is catchy and very danceable,in my opinion they are definitely one to watch in the future ” – Gig Junkie
“Certainly a post punk sound to them, shades of the Buzzcocks raw/poet edge to boot” -The Waterloo Unsigned
“Take Strangers Bed, a triumphant piece of quintessentially British rock, combines rolling drum loops and imposing guitar riffs that hark back to the heady days of Wire et al” – Luminous Plectrum
“Cross Wires make pounding, highly melodic alternative rock that makes you want to punch the air like someone possessed by the spirt of Steve Albini” – SPOONFED