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Manics Doing It By Halves - Wales On Sunday, 10th February 2013

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Title: Manics Doing It By Halves
Publication: Wales On Sunday
Date: Sunday 10th February 2013

It's been more than two years since their last studio album but it looks as if there will be new material from the Manic Street Preachers very shortly - and it may surprise a few people.

Speaking to Lauren Laverne on BBC 6 Music, frontman James Dean Bradfield hinted at the direction their new record would take.

"It feels like there are two halves to the record - a caustic, Kraut-rock side and an acoustic side, so we're trying to work out what to do with that. It's an album of two halves," he said.

While the band most recently released a 20th anniversary edition of their debut Generation Terrorists album, fans have eagerly been awaiting news of new songs.

Bradfield said the band had recently returned from Berlin and already had stockpiled quite a lot of music.

"We've written 20 tracks. It feels like we've been doing it for quite a long time, for over a year at our studio in Cardiff," he said.

"It also feels like we've indulged ourselves, whilst not being too overblown about it and not going to too many dark corners which people won't understand.

"So we've indulged ourselves but it feels like we've stayed within the realms of reality."

The singer also revealed that the whole band were pivotal in contributing songs.

"Sean [Moore - drummer] especially has been coming to the table with lots of electronic ideas and he's been playing his trumpet again!" he said.

"And Nick [bass player Nicky Wire] has been writing quite a few songs, so it feels as it we've all dug in and we can leave the room and let somebody else get on with it. It feels like a real positive division of labour at the moment."

As to when we can get to hear new material, the singer said: "It feels more likely it will be the start of next year but you never know, it could be the end of this year.

"We have so many tracks, we're just a little bit confused at the moment.

"We went to Berlin recently to see if there was anything else floating around, to be in a different space, because we had been in Cardiff for the last year and a half.

"We're nearly near the end of the process."