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The Last Bastion Against 'Americana' - Visions, March 2001

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Their original prophecy, with the debut album to storm the charts and to dissolve immediately afterwards, the MANIC STREET PREACHERS have not known. Even the disappearance of guitarist Richey James and other catastrophes survived the band almost unscathed. Thank God. In times when the British island is increasingly losing its reputation as an innovative trend forge, the three Welsh peoples are continually evade the predictability of predictability without leaving their high quality level.

At the end of January, the London office of their record company 'Epic' was given the opportunity to review the sequel to the acclaimed 99-album "This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours". Almost 30 new songs have been recorded by the trio from sleepy Blackwood last year in Spain and Wales, well over half of which will be released to the public on the sixth MSP album "Know Your Enemy" from the end of March. One can expect 100 percent Manics, but in no way a continuation of "TIMTTMY".

There are songs with almost nostalgic guitar and velvet underground feel ("My Guernica") as well as straighteous rock tunes ("Intravenous Agnostic"), also with spacey elements ("Dead Martyrs"), a 70s disco ("Miss Europa Disco Dancer") is harmoniously situated next to the dreamy swinging "Ocean Spray". On February 26th (at least in Great Britain) two songs will be released as single, which could hardly be more different.

"Found That Soul" is a rough, energetic rocker with an undeniable Stooges influence ... "In any case. Against this comparison, we do not want to fight back, "explains bassist Nicky Wire and sips an orange juice. The song is hardly the right food for the radio stations, the second pre-release "So Why So Sad", on the other hand, is quite 'housewife-compatible'. A melody for munching, jogging and dreaming ahead. One thinks of vacation, beach, the beach boys. "Yes, a Beachboys touch was definitely meant for us on this song," Wire confirms.

And what about the experiment, To open up two opposing pieces parallel to each other? "Well, we want to make it clear from the outset that this album has a very broad spectrum," says Nicky. "So we were able to present two very extreme sides of the album. On the record there is a lot of hard, raw stuff, which is based on our roots, and they are well known in the punk section.

On the other hand, we were experimenting in different directions, so we wanted to show that there was no limit to the horizon on this album. " " Only one of them would be quite misleading about the rest of the album, "says singer and guitarist James Dean Bradfield. "This way, the clamping width is quite well covered. Normally, we always know exactly which song should be released as a single, When we have finished an album. This time it was much more difficult, but we could all agree on these two songs. "

"Know Your Enemy" sounds more immediate than "This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours", although not much time has been invested in the album. "Well, we've had plenty of time left, but we must not forget that in this one year we have recorded and mixed a total of 27 pieces. That makes an average song every two weeks ", Nicky relativizes the time factor. "We even worked pretty fast on my terms."

James adds, "There were also three or four months in which we did almost nothing. On the plate is a lot of spontaneity, which has emerged from the belly. 'His Last Painting' or 'Intravenous Agnostic', for example, we played three times. "There were no pre-productions or pre-productions. "Most of the songs were written in the studio. The time we spent there was very inspiring.

On the last album, it was different, since we worked a lot too 'professionally'. " The surrounding area in Spain, where the bulk of the new material was created, contributed to the band forgetting their situation and opening new impulses could. "I think that's a good part of it," says Nicky. "There was a very relaxed atmosphere there, we were able to do whatever we wanted, try everything possible. We had our peace, no one came by and pushed us to be able to hear the things before we were finished. It was the total freedom - our reaction to the last album. "

That sounds almost like this, As if the last work was not a cause for satisfaction despite the success for the band. But this does not want James Dean to stand explicitly. "No, it is not. We just had to take a step forward to stimulate ourselves again. If we had made a mere sequel to 'This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours', we would not only have lied to our fans, but also to ourselves. We did our thing with 'This Is My Truth' and achieved something we wanted to achieve ,

But we can not simply repeat this. " Was this partial bombastic staging of the great feelings a maneuver into a dead end, because it was hardly to be surpassed on the slammed way? Wire nods. "Yes, definitely. We have quite consciously said that this time we wanted to do without Streicher. We definitely did not want to get caught on this track. A lot of great british bands have released a new album last year, and they are hardly new. They have done more or less precisely the same as before.

We do not want to mention the name Oasis, but the Gallaghers are only the spearhead of the current English popcrisis. America takes less and less notice of the European island, compared to the eighties, and also the currently highly praised shooting star Badly Drawn Boy will soon be forgotten again, without a footnote of the commercial music history worth in terms of disk sales. But Bradfield looks optimistic: "From this dull drought,

" " You can not just lose your heart in the middle of it, "says James' recipe against stagnation," but I am afraid of it The fact that hardly any noticeable rebirth is visible. This is bitter for us as a band, because we have experienced so far many exciting developments - Manchester, Seattle etc. On the other hand, I am also glad that we were not necessarily part of these trends, but rather have existed side by side. It would be great if a narzistic, nihilistic motherfucker came out and mixed up the whole sleepy scene. "That is

exactly what it is, Which is currently missing in the UK - someone like Eminem or Marilyn Manson. "I love Marilyn Manson," James confesses willingly. "I think this guy is absolutely divine. His lyrics are among the best for the music scene. Limp Bizkit, on the other hand, is nothing more than Macho-Bullshit. I can not understand how these bumbers can only have the appearance of a political consciousness. These are just very bad chauvinists.

Korn is a bit different, at least Jonathan Davis has a lot more to offer than a cool-polished surface. " " I think we're going through a very difficult time. "Nicky says," MTV and the radios The way they flood us with American music. With bands from the Limp Bizkit school, Which I find very depressing. "Nevertheless, one should not completely neglect the surface, because it can arouse interest for behind hidden content. Aside from the music, these bands are also interesting for kids, because they open their mouths wide open and at least seem to be young, wild and exciting. A teenager wants punk, in the just current dosage form. Whether Marilyn Manson, Eminem or Slipknot - they all master the art of self-staging as an anti-parent personification. The nice guys of Coldplay, Toploader or the Scottish Megasler Travis, on the other hand, are potential prospective sons or confessing mother-to-be.

"This is all the more introverted" Nicky tries to explain. "I like Marilyn Manson too, I think he is really intelligent. But the problem with American kids is that they always want to uplift something without knowing what they are. They just scream, but never say anything like 'Let's fight racism,' except for exceptions like Rage Against The Machine.

But the fundamental problem, which is so bad about Great Britain at the moment, is the permanent overflow with so-called 'Americana'. " Nice and good, but if the album with the Beatles No.1 hits in wind ropes 20 million Units can sell worldwide and for their allegedly legitimate grandchildren Oasis hardly anyone is interested, That there is a gap in British pop music that no one can really close. Wire also has no great hopes for the near future in this regard. "Everyone is waiting for the next big thing and looks for breadth, not quality. Travis and Coldplay may sell millions of records, but they have no real meaning. They do their thing well, but do not take us a step further in a creative way. It is now much easier for bands to keep themselves afloat because the newcomers do not have the necessary ambition. And that is simply necessary - an inner demon, who drives one to create something new. " Wire also has no great hopes for the near future in this regard. "Everyone is waiting for the next big thing and looks for breadth, not quality. Travis and Coldplay may sell millions of records, but they have no real meaning. They do their thing well, but do not take us a step further in a creative way. It is now much easier for bands to keep themselves afloat because the newcomers do not have the necessary ambition. And that is simply necessary - an inner demon, who drives one to create something new. " Wire also has no great hopes for the near future in this regard. "Everyone is waiting for the next big thing and looks for breadth, not quality. Travis and Coldplay may sell millions of records, but they have no real meaning. They do their thing well, but do not take us a step further in a creative way. It is now much easier for bands to keep themselves afloat because the newcomers do not have the necessary ambition. And that is simply necessary - an inner demon, who drives one to create something new. " They do their thing well, but do not take us a step further in a creative way. It is now much easier for bands to keep themselves afloat because the newcomers do not have the necessary ambition. And that is simply necessary - an inner demon, who drives one to create something new. " They do their thing well, but do not take us a step further in a creative way. It is now much easier for bands to keep themselves afloat because the newcomers do not have the necessary ambition. And that is simply necessary - an inner demon, who drives one to create something new. "