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Cheeky Pop - Toggenburger Tagblatt, 11th October 2010

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Title: Cheeky Pop
Publication: Toggenburger Tagblatt
Date: Monday 11th October 2010

The Manic Street Preachers are considered the elder statesmen of British rock. The new album - their tenth - was released recently.

They appeared as the first Western rock band in socialist Cuba. That's been almost a decade now. While Fidel Castro is currently holding on to the world with his sometimes strange theories, the Manic Street Preachers are still rocking the stages - convincing with intelligent, socially critical lyrics packed in great rock songs.

For over 20 years, the band from Wales mixed in the rock circus. This autumn, she presents her tenth studio album, "Postcards From A Young Man". The three musicians - singer and guitaristJames Dean Bradfield, his cousin, drummer Sean Moore, and bassist Nicky Wire - are now all over 40 years old. But the Manic Street Preachers still have something to say: "For us, the political message is still important today and infiltrates our music and the lyrics," explains songwriter Nicky Wire. The 41-year-old still believes in the power of his music.

Their anger at social ills pack the "manics" into stirring songs. On their new album, "Postcards From A Young Man", for which they were influenced by bands like The Smiths, The Clash and Paul Weller, the three Britons count on the political elite of England ("Golden Platitudes") and criticize that social system ("auto-intoxication"). In addition, the trio is sharply criticizing the narcissistic Internet culture ("A Billion Balconies Facing The Sun", "Do not Be Evil"). Singer James Bradfield literally yells out his anger and pain. "We put everything in this new album. And we want to reach as many people as possible with it, much like our Début album 18 years ago, "says Wire.

When the first work, "Generation Terrorist," appeared in early 1992, the Manic Street Preachers were still four. But guitarist Richey James Edwards, who was responsible for much of the text at that time, disappeared in February 1995 and has not appeared since then. Nevertheless, Edwards, who was officially declared dead two years ago, still has an influence on the band's creative process: For the 2009 album "Journey For Plague Lovers", only text fragments from his pen were used. While the last work was less accessible, the Manic Street Preachers are back on big tunes on their new longplayer, for which they've won Ian McCulloch from Echo And The Bunnymen and former Guns N'Roses bassist Duff McKagan. which partly remind of the bombast of Queen.

They do not have a secret of success for earwigs. Some of the new songs were written on the road. "There are no vices on our tour bus: no drugs, no sex, hardly any alcohol," says James. "If you travel through North America, for example, at some point you just want to do something constructive, like learn a new language - or just write a song." The band is currently touring through their homeland. There is definitely enough time to work on new material. At any rate, the elder statesmen of British rock do not think about quitting: "We can get more out of us," James is convinced.