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Manics' Tribute To Pioneer - South Wales Echo, 29th April 2014

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Body AFTER playing a stunning show at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena last month, Manic Street Preachers have announced details of their new album Futurology - one of the centrepieces of which is a song about pioneering Merthyr industrialist John Hughes.

To be released on July 7, their latest collection of songs also includes a host of Welsh guest stars including Green Gartside of Scritti Politti, Welsh Music Prize 2013 winner Georgia Ruth, Super Furry Animals' Cian Ciarán as well as Cate Le Bon and H Hawkline. The album also includes the vocals of German film star Nina Hoss.

However, it is the industrial pioneer Hughes who influences the song Dreaming A City (Hughesovka) - inspired by a book that Nicky Wire gave to James Dean Bradfield at Christmas.

"The book is called Dreaming A City which is about Welsh industrialist John Hughes who went over and set up the first steel foundry and coal mine in the Ukraine," explains Brad-field. "And he called it Hughesovka. It was a folly based on such monumental ego but he actually went and did it.

"You can walk around in life completely unaware of how many narratives that all of these cities, towns and even buildings have. It's so easy to just miss all of it."

On the same day as the band released details of the new album they also unveiled the video for Walk Me To The Bridge - the first single to be taken from Futurology.

The short film, once again directed by Welsh Bafta winner Kieran Evans, is heavily influenced by cult German film Run Lola Run and is set in Berlin, where the band recorded Futurology at the legendary Hansa Studios.