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Love And Attachment: The Importance Of Manic Street Preachers - Deposito Sonoro, 26th July 2018

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Title: Love And Attachment: The Importance Of Manic Street Preachers
Publication: Deposito Sonoro
Date: Thursday 26th July 2018
Writer: Rob Anaya


The Manic Street Preachers triumph through their scars. They are a gift in a sad winter while everything changes. They are a smile that is always needed. A heartbeat and a vibrate. They are.

"If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next ", it is almost impossible not to have passed by, right? The Manics reached the world plane with that simple melancholic and charming of nostalgia. It does not matter if it was not the first song that you got from them or you met her with your enthusiasm to continue finding beautiful songs in her discography. That theme marked a before and after in the existence of the Manic Street Preachers , made them go from being an underground band from his hometown in Gles to the big charts and stadiums across the United Kingdom. Up to that moment they had shown themselves to be a much more rock band and of thunderous guitars, a band of the atypical clichés of rock & roll , attitude, rebellion and excesses, many excesses. From there, many possibilities were opened for them, they explored with sounds more attached to britpop . Emerged as an interesting band with lyrical incisions in social and political issues and then take a more commercial positions in the mid-90s with a more polished sound, more pop and more orchestral arrangements and influences beautifully aimed at the Beach Boys , Electric Light Orchestra , The Smiths or the great Phil Spector .

That was how they gained their importance, commanded by their leader James Dean Bradfield and bassist Nicky Wire accompanied by the enigmatic story about the disappearance of his guitarist: Richey Edward , one of the most hidden stories of music. They impacted the media with its semiglam aesthetic , its explosive presentations, its provocative statements and its radiant singles such as " Motorcycle Emptiness ", " You Love Us ", "A Design for Life " and " Australia " at the beginning of their career together with their acclaimed album The Holy Bible, they were enlarging the cult's position of the band.

End of the century, in 1998 to be precise the world and the press were delighted the This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours, emblematic disco movement Britpop that was developed in everything having to do with UK, simple as the aforementioned " If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next " wrapped up an inner healing that was impossible not to feel things, in " You Stole The Sun From My Heart " they perfect the not-so-depressing ballad of screaming at a love, but the high points of the disco in terms of emotion and feeling are " Tsunami " and " The Everlasting ", the arrangements penetrate the symbolism of what two people can feel.

Then came the albums of the first decade of the new millennium: Know Your Enemy, Lifeblood, Send Away The Tigers, Journal For Plague Lovers and A Postcards From A Young Man. It is undeniable that the Manic Street Preachers have a solid career and better yet, incredible fans that, although it seems there are not many, who want to feel the band like no one else and that since 2010 consume Rewind The Film, Futurology and its latest Resistance Is Futile plaque.

His career and importance make sense when analyzing what they have contributed: generational hymns, acoustic songs, conceptual discs, radical messages, emotional healings, simple effective, seductive duets like the one they did with Richard Hawley , beautiful songs that have transcended stages and scenes, reinventions, ideal bases, nostalgic postcards and a novel stylistic richness that we will be able to enjoy for the first time live after 26 years of existence in his next visit to CDMX at the Corona Capital Festival.

The Manic Street Preachers triumph through their scars. They are a gift in a sad winter while everything changes. They are a smile that is always needed. They are and already.


Los Manic Street Preachers triunfan a través de sus cicatrices. Son un regalo en un invierno triste mientras todo cambia. Son una sonrisa que siempre se necesita. Un latido y un vibrar. Son.

“If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will be Next”, es casi imposible no haber pasado por ahí, ¿cierto? Los Manics alcanzaron el plano mundial con ese sencillo meláncolico y encantador de añoranza. No importa si no fue la primera canción a la que llegaste de ellos o la conociste con tu entusiasmo de seguir encontrando canciones hermosas dentro de su discografía. Ese tema marcó un antes y un después en la existencia de los Manic Street Preachers, los hizo pasar de ser una banda underground de su localidad natal en Gáles a los grandes charts y estadios de todo Reino Unido. Hasta ese momento se habían mostrado como una banda mucho más rockera y de guitarras estruendosas, una banda de los clichés atípicos del rock & roll, actitud, rebeldía y excesos, muchos excesos. A partir de ahí se abrieron muchas posibilidades para ellos, exploraron con sonidos más apegados al britpop. Surgidos como una interesante banda con incisiones líricas en cuestiones sociales y políticas para después tomar unas posturas más comerciales a mediados de la década de los 90 con un sonido más pulido, más pop y más de arreglos orquestales e influencias bellamente dirigidas a los Beach Boys, Electric Light Orchestra, The Smiths o el grandísimo Phil Spector.

Fue así como se ganaron su importancia, comandados por su líder James Dean Bradfield y el bajista Nicky Wire acompañados tras la enigmática historia sobre la desaparición de su guitarrista: Richey Edward, una de las historias más ocultas de la música. Impactaron al medio con su estética de semiglam, sus presentaciones explosivas, sus declaraciones provocativas y sus sencillos radiantes como lo son “Motorcycle Emptiness”, “You Love Us”, “A Design for Life” y “Australia” al principio de su carrera junto con su aclamado álbum The Holy Bible, fueron agrandando la posición de culto de la banda.

Para finales del siglo, en 1998 para ser precisos el mundo y la prensa recibieron encantados el This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours, disco emblemático del movimiento britpop que se gestó en todo lo que tuviera que ver con Reino Unido, sencillos como la ya mencionada “If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will be Next” envolvían una sanación interna que era imposible no sentir cosas, en “You Stole The Sun From My Heart” perfeccionan la balada no tan depresiva de gritarle a un amor, pero los puntos altos del disco en cuanto a emoción y sentimiento se los llevan “Tsunami” y “The Everlasting”, los arreglos penetran el simbolismo propio de lo que dos personas pueden llegar a sentir. Después llegaron los discos de la primera década del nuevo milenio: Know Your Enemy, Lifeblood, Send Away The Tigers, Journal For Plague Lovers y A Postcards From A Young Man. Es innegable que los Manic Street Preachers tienen una carrera sólida y mejor aún, fans increíbles que, aunque pareciera no son muchos, los que los quieren sienten a la banda como nadie más y que desde 2010 consumen Rewind The Film, Futurology y su última placa Resistance Is Futile.

Su carrera y su importancia cobran sentido al analizar lo que han aportado: himnos generacionales, canciones acústicas, discos conceptuales, mensajes radicales, curaciones emocionales, sencillos efectivos, duetos seductores como el que hicieron al lado de Richard Hawley, canciones hermosas que han trascendido etapas y escenas, reinvenciones, bases ideales, postales nostálgicas y una novedosa riqueza estilística que podremos disfrutar por primera vez en vivo tras 26 años de existencia en su próxima visita a CDMX en el Festival Corona Capital.

Los Manic Street Preachers triunfan a través de sus cicatrices. Son un regalo en un invierno triste mientras todo cambia. Son una sonrisa que siempre se necesita. Son y ya.