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In an NME interview prior to the release of Resistance Is Futile, Manic Street Preachers bassist/lyricist Nicky Wire invoked both David Bowie’s Station To Station and the Manics’ own hard-rock opus, Generation Terrorists, when discussing the record’s earworm lead single, “International Blue.” If anyone can live up to these lofty touchstones, however, it’s the veteran Welsh rockers. Resistance Is Futile, the band’s thirteenth studio album, distills the Manics’ pomp and melancholy into buoyant pop songs with biting electric guitars, sugary synths, and majestic strings.

As its name implies, “Liverpool Revisited” is an earnest Britpop throwback, while marbled ’70s-rock licks anchor the urgent “Broken Algorithms.” On the lighter side, “Hold Me Like A Heaven” blooms into a harmony-drenched song with candied pop aspirations, and the piano-spliced “Vivian” recalls Duran Duran’s crushed-velvet glam ballads. Resistance Is Futile, well, embodies its title.

The frothy, string-swept jangle-pop number “Dylan & Caitlin,” a duet with Welsh singer the Anchoress, was meant to evoke Elton John and Kiki Dee’s “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

Taken from the new album, ‘Resistance Is Futile,‘ available now

Manic Street Preachers' James Dean Bradfield and Nicky Wire

The Manic Street Preachers remember Hillsborough in moving new single ‘Liverpool Revisited’
paying tribute to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster in their touching new single. A highlight of their upcoming album ‘Resistance Is Futile’, the soulful cut is drenched in melody in the vein of their ‘Everything Must Go’ anthemic side – as the band deliver a moving ode to the people of Liverpool as they remember the 96.

“Again, another lyric that Nick has written about events that really inspired him,” said frontman James Dean Bradfield of the track. “It’s about the ‘Justice For The Victims Of Hillsborough’ campaign. That campaign fought the entire British establishment to get to the truth, and they finally got there with their ruling.

“When the ruling came out of the High Court, we were just about to do a gig at the Liverpool Echo Arena, and Nick had a day down on the waterfront where he just took loads of Polaroids and wrote loads of poetry, as he does. Nick wrote this song in its entirety. I think I’d gone home for tea with the family and by the time I got back, he’d done a guitar solo – which is a bit cheeky. When he gets into the flow of doing a song on his own, it does just flow.

As well as teasing plans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their classic album ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours‘, Nicky Wire recently spoke about what to expect from ‘Resistance Is Futile‘.

“On the single and the whole album, there are a lot of mini tributes to things that make your life feel a little bit better,” said Wire’. “Rather than my internalised misery, I tried to put a sense of optimism into the lyrics by writing about things that we find really inspiring.”  He continued: “I wouldn’t go as far as to call it ‘escapist’, but it does feel like we’re building our own world. It goes back to the idea of when we started the band with us four insulating ourselves and germinating ideas. It’s not about purposefully switching yourself off from the world around you, but just trying to find inspiration. Otherwise you just get swamped in a sea of total negativity – which is fine. It’s not like we haven’t done that before.”.

Taken from the new album, ‘Resistance Is Futile,’ available

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The legendary Manic Street Preachers have released a new track called ‘Dylan and Caitlin’ off their forthcoming album ‘Resistance is Futile’ due out 1th3 April 2018.

The track is a “conversation between Dylan and Caitlin Thomas at the apex of their alcohol soaked relationship” James Dean Bradfield explained. Nicky Wire added “The story itself rolls through their relationship – drinking, fighting and ended up broken by America. The conversational nature of the lyrics lent themselves to a duet so we asked Catherine AD (aka the Anchoress) to provide the female perspective. She’s a hugely talented kindred spirit.”

It has all the hallmarks of the Manics – an impassioned, literate and melodic anthem with the Anchoress’s softer vocals counterbalancing Bradfield’s distinctive gruffness.

Almost two months after they announced it via their website, the Manic Street Preachers have made their 13th studio album Resistance Is Futile available to pre-order via channels other than their own website.

The band have recorded the new album (their first in four years) at their new studio near Newport after they were forced to vacate their Faster studio, which had been a recording, rehearsal base and general ‘hangout’ since 2005.

The 12-track album is described by the band as “widescreen melancholia” and will be available in the now familiar two-CD deluxe hardcover bookset which includes a bonus disc of the entire album in demo form and two bonus tracks.

The deluxe edition will be limited

Manic Street Preachers' announce new album 'Resistance Is Futile'

An unexpected offering from Manic Street Preachers! The Welsh band, in a classic hype move, suggested they were struggling for new material and would not be releasing material in the foreseeable future. That was all hoodwinking , as the guys are back with a new track International Blue! It is the first single from the forthcoming L.P., “Resistance Is Futile”, but is certainly promising good things!

Manic Street Preachers' announce new album 'Resistance Is Futile'

Manic Street Preachers have announced details of their new album ‘Resistance Is Futile’, along with a huge UK arena tour for 2018.

Just last month the band teased that they may never make another album, but now they’ve revealed that 2018 will see the release of their 13th album. Recorded at their new HQ of ‘Door To The River’ Studios near Newport, ‘Resistance Is Futile’ has been described as “widescreen melancholia”. The follow-up to the acclaimed companion albums of the acoustic-led ‘Rewind The Film‘ and the eclectic ‘Futurology‘, it will be released via Columbia/Sony on April 6th, 2018 .

“The main themes of ‘Resistance is Futile’ are memory and loss; forgotten history; confused reality and art as a hiding place and inspiration,” said the band in a statement. “It’s obsessively melodic – in many ways referencing both the naive energy of ‘Generation Terrorists’ and the orchestral sweep of ‘Everything Must Go’. After delay and difficulties getting started, the record has come together really quickly over the last few months through a surge of creativity and some old school hard work.”

Earlier this year, frontman James Dean Bradfield had said that while progress on new material had been slow due to them needing to find a new studio, he was keen to ‘rock again‘ with a heavier sound on their next album. This comes after collaborator Kieran Evans told us that the new songs he heard were sounding ‘classic and melodious‘.

“I suppose in my head, not that it fucking matters, but I would like to kick against the oblique, delineated, opaque groove that everybody is into. I’d like to rock again,” he said. Asked if they felt inspired by the current state of politics with Donald Trump, Brexit and the rise of the right, Bradfield replied: “Not at the moment, no. I feel pretty misanthropic against all political sides at the moment.