Your last album was a compilation of the greatest hits of Manic Street Preachers, therefore the new album 'Lifeblood' is like starting a new chapter in your history...
Taking to record this album we had no idea what it should look like. We wanted to record something lighter, easier than 'Know Your Enemy' - our last studio album, which for many people turned out to be simply too difficult. For us too, looking at it now from the perspective. We needed a more melodic disc at which to relax. However, when working in the studio, each idea changes several times, takes shape. We are satisfied with the results, although they were not entirely intended.
In interviews to the previous album, Nicky Wire mentioned that he wants to record an album in the style of 'Nebraska' by Bruce Springsteen, only in your edition. Do you think he did it?
He had such an idea at the beginning, it's true, but later, during the first mixes of the album with Tom Elmhirst, from which, among other things, the last Goldfrapp album came out, it was already known that everything can happen. It's good, this material was taken care of by someone who did not participate in his birth and gave it a completely new dimension, with a completely fresh approach, a shape that we would never have thought of.
During the formation of Manic songs, these words always appeared first. Was it this time?
And so it is. In 99.9% of our songs, these words are the nucleus of the new song and this was also the case with the new album. They arise from inspiration and become inspiration themselves. They also indirectly indicate to us the musical direction in which we should go when composing a given piece. Nothing has changed in this matter for over 10 years.
Are there any new British bands you paid attention to?
In fact, new British teams are not so new at all. Such as Snow Patrol, who have already recorded several studio albums before they were noticed before a wider audience. We try to listen to as many music as possible about which every now and then we make loud, eg Razorlight, Interpol, Yeah Yeah Yeahs. We give everyone a chance.
And is anyone still writing good song lyrics?
To be honest: not too much. Artists tend to move more and more shallow and more comfortable topics. They indulge themselves. And this is very sad.
On the occasion of the album with the biggest hits, you also released a disc with their remixes, prepared by the most popular electronic artists. Is this the end of remixes this time?
Maybe they will, remixes have always been present even on the b-sides of our compact and vinyl singles, often available only in Great Britain, hence the rest of the world could know them only as a bonus to the compilation 'Forever Delayed'. But because during the session we recorded up to 25 new compositions for the new album, and only 12 have been released, so we will definitely post them in the first place.
I ask a bit tricky, because on the single for the new song 'The Love Of Richard Nixon', the track 'Everything Will Be' was produced by Andy Cato from Groove Armada...
Our manager is also looking after the Groove Armada team, hence Andy is our long-time friend. We even offered him production, but he was very busy with his own projects and this idea fell and we produced the album with Tony Visconti and Greg Memento. As usual, because even in the past our characters could be seen in the past like David Holmes or Howard Gray from Apollo 440, we always had the final influence on her,
Apparently thanks to working with Tony Visconti you are again a band and you are not offended by you recording solo projects...Do you think Tony saved the Manic?
In very simple words, he made us realize that we do not need it at all! He discovered new layers of creativity in us, stimulated thinking. Thanks to working with him, we were back with enthusiasm and faith in our own capabilities, provided with which we could take the burden of recording a new album again. We are glad that he was not afraid to tell us the truth.
Let's get back to the new CD. Invented for the purposes of the promotion, its subtitle reads: 'A soundtrack to disappointment, hatred, love and not giving up'. Can you develop this idea?
It's Nick's words, which in this way described this album as 'Holly Bible' for thirty-four year olds. How to find yourself being beyond the interest of the media, beyond the social context. How to face it and continue to be productive, creative. As Tony said ?? you have to find your 'I' again, your good sides and your place in this great, wild world.
You mentioned the already classic album 'Holly Bible'. In November, his re-release will be released on DVD. Can you reveal what supplements it will be extended?
Plenty of interviews, fragments of concerts and completely remastered sound. In total, it will be a three-disc release, so it will contain a lot of attractions.
Your record is released the day after the election in the United States, so it's impossible not to ask you the questions: Bush or Kerry? One of them deserves to win these choices at all?
This is a difficult question because a candidate who has more money usually wins anyway. Regardless if it deserves it or not. We do not know much about John Kerry, and it's said to be better than the one you know. Much also depends on the media, until the first TV debate I bet that George Bush Jr will win, now I'm not so sure. The way in which both candidates were shown during it was diametrical.
What is your new single called "The Love Of Richard Nixon" about?
One day we watched the movie 'Nixon' starring Anthony Hopkins. We were intrigued by the character of the title character, who had already been typified as a swindler and always remembered as a negative character. While the adored John F. Kennedy nearly brought about nuclear war and vice versa - how Reagan was hated during his presidency, and after his death, he recalls his figure as a good uncle of America. Bill Clinton ignored the problem of Rwanda, which killed several million people, which few people realize. It is quite ironic how a story is unfair to people. This song is a study of Nixon's character and his image in the media.