Manic Street Preachers have announced details of their new album Futurology - one of the centrepieces of which is a song about pioneering Welsh industrialist John Hughes To be released in July, 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 includes the vocals of German film star Nina Hoss.
However, it's the industrial pioneer John 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 a Welsh industrialist John Hughes who went over and set up the first steel foundry and coal mine in the Ukraine," explains Bradfield. "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.
A date of July 7 has been scheduled for the release of their 12th studio album - the follow up to 2013's Rewind The Film. The band describe the album as: 'Furious, propulsive and expansive, Futurology' is the sound of the Manics at their very best - a record inspired by permanent revolution, modern art and Autobahns.' Futurology was produced by Manic Street Preachers, Loz Williams and Cardiff-born Alex Silva, who produced the band's 1994 album The Holy Bible.
The artwork for Futurology features imagery by German artist Catrine Val - chosen by the band when they saw her work in her book Feminist.
The news of the album follows the Manics having to issue a statement following the inadvertent release of Walk Me To The Bridge via legal and illegal download sites, after it was meant to be out at the beginning of last week, but was pushed back seven days.