Something punk/ post punk but with energy, not gloomy....
Is This Real? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Is_This_Real%3F
..then they tail off a bit...
kinda like Wire, actually
Melodic, energetic, surreal lyrics, off kilter arrangements and unconventional structures. Not post punk but Massive influence on wire, magazine etc.
mission of burma - vs
souxie and the banshees - kaliedoscope
the soft boys - can of bees
Highly underrated debut album from this somewhat forgotten band. Possibly not as frenetic as you are looking for but full of energy and spirit nonetheless.
From the Lion's Mouth is a great album.
Not sure it's got much in common with Wire, I would put them in with bands like Echo and the Bunnymen, Comsat Angels, Chameleons etc.
came out a few years ago, similar aesthetic, with added indie-pop influence
First "The Embarrassment" album - don't remember the name
'Train out of it ' sounds loads like Wire
chairs missing and 154 are a must.
Rough Trade's Post Punk compilation will give you *loads* of good stuff to follow up. Probably my favourite compilation album of all time.
the Indie Pop one pretty much changed my life <3
Its collection of all the early stuff when they had Devoto as the lead singer. Fucking brilliant. One of my all time favourite albums i'd say.
Any more pink flaggish albums?
New band, no album as yet, just the one single so far called Write About/Steve. Check out their video for a song called Channel Swimmer, it's ace http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mWQEIClYpk then check out some more.