Pioneering art punk act Wire will release "Send," its first new studio album in 13 years, April 28 through its own Pink Flag label. Boasting four new tracks in addition to collecting three songs each

Pioneering art punk act Wire will release "Send," its first new studio album in 13 years, April 28 through its own Pink Flag label. Boasting four new tracks in addition to collecting three songs each from recent EPs, "Read & Burn 01" and "Read & Burn 02," the disc's material was recorded at guitarist Colin Newman's Swim Studios over the last three years.

"Mr. Marx's Table," "Being Watched," "You Can't Leave Now," and "Half Eaten" are among the songs on "Send." Previously released material includes "In the Art of Stopping," "The Agfers of Kodack," "99.9," and the title track to the "Read & Burn" EP series.

Since regrouping in 1999 for the second time, Wire -- consisting of Newman, guitarist Bruce Gilbert, bassist Graham Lewis, and drummer Robert Grey -- revived its original hard, fast sound through the aforementioned EPs. The group's emergence and prolific early output, which boasted 1977's "Pink Flag," '78's "Chairs Missing" and '79's "154," influenced everyone from R.E.M. to Elastica. After a number of years apart, the band reconvened in the mid-1980s with a more electronic, groove-driven approach for such albums as 1987's "The Ideal Copy."

Those opting to purchase a copy of "Send" direct from the band's official Web site will receive a limited edition disc of mixes from live multi-track recordings made during Wire's September 2002 performance at the Metro Club in Chicago. A limited edition vinyl version of the set will feature all of the material from "Send" plus all of the other tracks from the "Read & Burn" EPs.