Been some time haven’t they but the Manic Street Preachers are limbering back into action with a new album that from the hints of what it’s about sounds like it’s going to be great. The most talked about track so far is an anti-Thatcher song written long before the former Prime Minister died earlier this year.
James Dean Bradfield from the band, told the NME that the track, ’30 Year War’: “It starts with the miners’ strike and moves through Hillsborough, and it’s a critique of the attack on the working classes over the last 30 years. It’s the most spiteful, angry track on the album, and it’s almost the link to the other record – it sounds like ‘Lodger’ era Bowie.”
The band also spoke about the second record the Manics’ plan to release in early 2014. “I think by next March or April, we’ll have it all ready,” Wire says. “It’s not just chucking something out; it’s really fully formed. It’s the next step on from ‘The Holy Bible’ and ‘Journal For Plague Lovers’. It’s quite intense but synthetic as well.”
The band’s 11th studio album, ‘Rewind The Film’ will be released on September 16 (11th album! seems a long time ago since those early interviews and talk of one album and then getting out of there!).
The first release from the album will be a single, on September 9.
The album was recorded in the band’s own studio in Cardiff, Rockfield in Monmouthshire and Hansa in Berlin, it features guest appearances from Lucy Rose (on ‘This Sullen Welsh Heart’) Cate Le Bon (on ‘4 Lonely Roads’) and Richard Hawley on the title track.
The tracklisting for ‘Rewind The Film’ is as follows:
‘This Sullen Welsh Heart’
‘Show Me The Wonder’
‘Rewind The Film’
‘Builder Of Routines’
‘4 Lonely Roads’
‘(I Miss The) Tokyo Skyline’
‘Anthem For A Lost Cause’
‘As Holy As The Soil (That Buries Your Skin)’
‘3 Ways To See Despair’
‘Running Out Of Fantasy’
’30 Year War’