To Sweden came Manic Street Preachers to play at a rainy Hultsfreds festival. Together they brought a new critically acclaimed CD Send Away The Tigers and a hit "Your Love Is Not Enough" where Swedish Nina Persson from Cardigans is in. Manics, known as their most loyal fans, has a reputation for being a radical rock band.
That the roots are in the relatively radical tradition back to the punctuation, as spelled out for example by The Clash, has been a truth taken for granted. It is the eighth since the 1994 debut and then you are wondering how much remains of the rebel glow. Or as it is written as the cover of the new CD: When man is young he is usally a revolutionary of some kind. Here, I speak for my revolution.)
LO's website was given an opportunity to interview Nicky Wire at the Hultsfreds Festival and what we met was where a very friendly and would be an interested person. Nicky Wire is the group's bassist who writes a large part of the group's material.
When we tell you that we do not come from a newspaper to interview him but write for LO's website, a curious and interested glimpse of the already gaze eyes wakes up.
"We wanted to reconnect to people we knew before, friends of that time but also our roots in the working class of the Wales mining district, Nicky explained to the question of what thought or idea behind Send Away The Tigers.
He tells us that this is where the band has its roots and it was in the Wales mining district they grew up in Blackwood and formed the group in the mid 1980s. He lives only a few kilometers from his parents' home. Nicky tells us about the great coal mining battle in the early 1980s. He tells of the bitterness that followed the defeat of the miners, the violence and if it lost the battle against the mining companies who eventually dropped the mines. He also expresses disappointment to the working class that he believes has dropped his roots and acts as a middle class instead.
John Lennon's Working Class Hero came on to the CD Nicky explained that: "Lennon's song is one of the coolest and most satanic songs I know. We have always loved the song. But, it did not really fit our idea of how the plate would be. In any case, we wanted to keep it so we hid it as a secret track."
We started talking about Britain and how it is today.
"It's a bit better than during the terrible years during Thatcher's time. In any case, there are currently low but statutory minimum wages.
Nicky also tells us that all state museums have free access today. But much during Labor as he had hoped more of has not become as many believed. The disappointment is clear and the desire for a radical English policy is obvious. Foreign policy annoys Nicky Wire properly and it is noticeable. His involvement is further scaled up when he talks about Blair's involvement in the war in Iraq and has resulted in several tracks on CD including the title track and the Imperial Bodybags track.
It appears that Nicky has both a well-thought-out conviction and in-depth knowledge of politics.
"I have taken a university degree in" politics ", he says.
Manic Street Preachers have always gone their own way musically. Although the band is contracted to one of the largest Sony/Columbia multinational companies, they have never experienced that their freedom to create is limited without having to do just the music they represent.
"No, we've never had any problems but we've been able to do what we've known was right. Even in the more intolerant United States, there has been no problem."
Not even the fact that they have played in Cuba seem to prevent their tour of the United States in connection with Send Away The Tigers in July. Still, he says: "One does not look good at coming to the United States with Cuban stamps in the passport," and laughs ironically.
"To play in Cuba was an unlikely experience. It was almost surreal.
Before we end, Nicky gets a rock mark of us with the text "Useless Generation". He laughs well at the word and says he loves such badges. (Nicky had the mark on his jacket during the concert some hours later.)