Manic Street Preachers: "We Have To Reinvent Ourselves" - Faro De Vigo, 28th September 2012
Translated from Spannish
The Welsh band heads tonight Music Festival Santiago Way. His lyricist and bassist Nicky Wire, speaking to Faro group, their interest in Galicia, told them what Fidel Castro, football and why they refused to act on Olimpia
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From left to right, Nicky yWire (lyricist and bass), James Dean Bradfield (vocals, guitar) and Sean Moor (drums) Alex Lake
From left to right, Nicky yWire (lyricist and bass), James Dean Bradfield (vocals, guitar) and Sean Moor (drums) Alex Lake Rafa López After the mysterious disappearance in 1995 of Richie Edwards , one of the "X - Files" rock and declared dead, Nicky Wire (bass) became the main lyricist Manic Street Preachers, who play today in the Music Way Santiago (Fairground Amio) hits contained in the compilation "National Treasures". Famed for his controversial statements, Nicky Wire is amiable and smiling on the phone. -¿Se Closes a stage career with the compilation Manics? No doubt. Will be the last concerts since it was published a year ago, and feel we have to move on. You have affection for our track record of twenty years, but the next album will be a bit different. We have to reinvent ourselves again. If we can do it or not, I'm not sure; but it is the end of a stage.
Have you any clue of this new direction? -Travel Is very important to us. We provide inspiration for the disc and makes us see the fantastic world that's out there. We are privileged to touch in places where we have never been. We were just in South Korea. Now we will play in Santiago de Compostela. Latvia, Croatia ... There is a story everywhere, no matter how big or small. There is always something interesting.
-Galicia Is one of the "seven Celtic nations" as Wales. What does it mean to you to be Welsh? I feel very comfortable with it. I am very happy of my origins, lucky for the environment in which I grew up. He gave me a great desire to learn and experience. More than anything patriotic, gave me a good background to make my way in the world.
Would you mind if someone by mistake, you call her "English" in Galicia? Ummm ... It would be irritating [laughs], but neither would have much importance. It does not happen often, you ought to have asked twenty years ago, when he passed often. But it has been so much good music that has come out of Wales ... I'm very intrigued with Galicia. I've done a little research and it seems a very independent place. We arrive the day before [by yesterday], so we have time to walk around the city and soak up everything.
-¿Aprovechas Tours to explore the cities where do you play? It's one of the great joys of our lives [laughs]. Coffee, visit a museum ... Saco lots of photos with my Polaroid. If you see in Santiago at a high Welshman with a Polaroid, you will know that I am [laughs]. We just played in South Korea and I walked through Seoul, a city of 11 million people. On the way back I visited my parents in a place that must have three hundred people [laughs]. I'm looking forward to Galicia.
He has always labeled the Manics as a "band of the working class". Are you comfortable with that label? Yes. This is how we are and how we grew up in a very political period. During the 80s, with Margaret Thatcher in power, there were many strikes, socialists against conservatives ... I studied politics at university ... I would not say that all our songs are deeply political, but there is something there that speaks for you. Although we have been successful and a lot of money, we are still a group of the working class.
-Your Most successful song, "If you tolerate your children esta will be next , " is inspired by the Spanish Civil War. Did you did you base your reading on the subject? 'In my university studies [he graduated in Political History] had a lot about the Spanish Civil War. I read "Homage to Catalonia", Orwell. Also the Clash song, "Spanish bombs" ... has always interested me. It was a sad and inexplicable situation ... I am proud of the letter. I do not think it is biased, it is pure social history. I hope that our generation will not pass by something. Many Welshmen fought in the International Brigades, in a selfless act, just for believing in a cause. When he left the song played in Las Ramblas to five thousand people. Everyone sang and it was a magical moment.
'Your album "Journal for Plague Lovers" (2009) was your greatest critical success. Did it influence decisively the fact that it was written from letters left by your partner Richey Edwards mysteriously disappeared in 1995? Yes. Richey's lyrics, as I was with the album "The Holy Bible" (1994), make us sound like a different group. I wrote letters Richey for "Generation Terrorists" (1992) and "Gold Against the Soul" (1993). We are a trading band with my lyrics. Richey were those of a summit of intelligence. He was more a novelist than a lyricist. We are proud to have finished this record, we felt like the band we were ten years ago. It was a magical feeling.
-¿Sonó Any of your songs at the opening of the Olympic Games in London? I'm a big fan of the sport and the Games. I was not particularly interested in the opening ceremonies [laughs]. They asked us to play in the closing, but declined the invitation because we never act before royalty. I love sport. The Moscow were one of my favorite games in Barcelona were fantastic and London was at that level.
They've been eleven years since you played in Cuba. Are you repent of it? Do you has caused problems in the United States? No regrets personally, it was very inspiring. But it caused many problems to the group, not only in the United States. The countries of Eastern thought we were supporting communism, when totalitarian Communism had ruined their lives. We were not there for that, but because we think that Cuba had been pressured by the US and Cuba had very positive aspects, such as, higher than in North America health system and life expectancy. We caused problems with visas and other things, but you have to take risks.
What did you Fidel Castro then? -After The concert took us to a room. We did not know what was happening. There was Castro. We shook hands and talked for about 25 minutes. He looked interested. We inquired about Wales and told us that "the drums sound louder than wars", a great quote. We went to see his speech the next day in Santa Clara. We came back to say hello ... It was like being in a movie. As Forrest Gump when he greets Kennedy [laughs]. Now I wonder if it really happened, because it was surreal. But when the group finished I think I remember with pride. The conversation turns to football. Nicky Wire professional player could have been were it not for a bad back and knee. At age 14 he was captain of the school team in Wales and offered testing at Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, the team he is a big fan.
-A Liam Gallagher threw him recently Stadium Madrid. Yes, I've seen [laughs].
-¿Sois Diehard football in the group? -DE Child Tottenham fell in love Glenn Hoddle, and I'm still a big fan of the Spurs. James [Dean Bradfield, voice and guitar] is the Nottingham Forest, and Sean [Moore, drummer] is Liverpool. We have no problem [laughs]. But I have not seen a better team than the Spanish team the past four years, it is an extraordinary team to see.
Can you name a new group that you like? -Future Of the Left, I love them . And Cian Ciaran, Super Furry Animals, has released a brilliant album. It's like the Plastic Ono Band and a little Dennis Wilson. There are many good albums at this time, but do not think there a classic group that you can love. They'll come.
-Full The phrase: "We'll leave when we realize that ...." When we realize that we are no longer relevant. When we stop to arouse emotion in us and the public. Touching our last album, "Postcards from a Young Man" (2010), we see that is very well received by the public. It would be easier to become a band-museum. Paul Weller is always evolving and is an inspiration to us. I am content to reach half of where he has come.