Regeneration Terrorists - NME, 26th July 2014
Back with their most vital album in years, Manic Street Preachers tell Dan Martin why there's still plenty to be angry about.
Seven years ago, when Manic Street Preachers were touring Europe, they drove over the Øresund Bridge that connects Sweden and Denmark: the same one where that body was strategically placed in Scandi-noir thriller The Bridge.
Bassist/lyricist Nicky Wire remembers the moment. "As a band, we spend so much time going across bridges," he says. "Constantly going over the Severn Bridge, constantly going back to London, and I had this idea that you cross a bridge and you arrive somewhere else and everything is completely different."
But this crossing holds a particular significance. "I just remember thinking, 'I can't fucking do this any more'. It was the weight of the band. Now can we look as good as we did at the beginning? How can we have that lyrical intent?"
Twenty-five years in and being in the Manic Street Preachers is clearly still one hell of a responsibility. (more...)