So I stumbled on this noise punk band from Louisville called Waxeater, (great name) and their latest is a concept record based on The Wire. And I kinda dig it.
The A.V. Club: Where did the idea come from to do a Wire concept album? Rob Montage: I got into the show late, a couple years after it went off the air. Everyone said to watch it, and I mainlined it in two weeks and thought it was incredible. I once had a weird dream about Omar—that he was going to shoot me but decided not to. I wrote it into the lyrics of a new song about how the threat of that violence could motivate you to do something with your life. That song became “Omar Comin’.” After that, I just started to think, ‘How else could I work my thoughts through the cipher of the show?’”
AVC: So the songs aren’t necessarily about specific episodes, but more a collection of songs “inspired by”? RM: There are tons of references to characters and events in the show, and the songs lean heavily on the same themes. I mix a lot of characters and quotes that might not relate to each other on the show, but that tie together in the context of the songs. You definitely aren’t getting episode summaries. AVC: So give us an example for folks who haven’t seen the show. What is “That’s Protestant Whiskey” about, and how does The Wire inform it? RM: Well, the title comes from the ostensible lead of the show, Detective McNulty. He’s Irish and at some point someone offers him non-Jameson, which he turns down by rebuking it as “Protestant whiskey.” The thing about McNulty is that he’s a fuck-up. A well meaning fuck-up, but a fuck-up, to be sure. The song itself is about how we are also basically well-meaning fuck-ups too, but the consequences are a bit less severe. That bass line is one Elliott [Turton, the bassist] has been dicking around with at practice for like three years and we finally developed it.