The Manic Street Preachers have hinted they are aiming for chart domination with their forthcoming new album.
The band described their 10th record - Postcards From A Young Man - as a departure from its bleak predecessor Journal For Plague Lovers, which was culled from the notebooks left behind by troubled guitarist Richey Edwards.
Singer James Dean Bradfield said:"We're going for big radio hits on this one. It isn't a follow-up to Journal For Plague Lovers; it's one last shot at mass communication."
Bassist Nicky Wire had previously summed up their new sound as being "heavy metal Tamla Motown", implying a possible return to the pop pomp of earlier hit singles like Motorcycle Emptiness.
"I think we're going to try to create an experience that brings a bit more joy," added Bradfield.
The album will be released in September to coincide with the Blackwood group's recently announced lengthy UK tour,which sees them stop off at Newport Centre on Saturday, October 23, for their only Welsh date.
Tickets went onsale at 9am yesterday and are available by calling 0871 2200 260.