In this week’s episode of uncapped, we followed the Oakland “smooth punk” three piece Bare Wires across the Bay Bridge to capture their show at San Francisco’s Café Du Nord. Described by the Thermals as “unrefined and slightly dangerous,” Bare Wires look like they swiped the street clothes of Murph and the Magic Tones while they were busy at the Ramada Room. The Oakland band has the swagger of a gang composed entirely of cooler older brothers. Although they don’t have a single bank account between them and they fall somewhere between drifters and scallywags on the scale of sketchiness, you can bet if they experienced even the slightest of windfall there would be a classic Camaro in need of almost constant TLC in their very near future. Seeing Bare Wires on stage, it makes perfect sense that singer/guitar player Matthew Melton was raised in Memphis, home of Graceland, Stax, and Goner, and found a place to flourish in Oakland, the grittiest and most malleable point in the Bay Area — it can be a rough and tumble area but it is still just a stone’s throw away from the city that gave us the Grateful Dead and the Dead Kennedys.moreless
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