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.