We're Old Bastards. Fuck It! - Die Welt, 15th May 2014
James Dean Bradfield, lead singer of Manic Street Preachers, about the constant war against itself
It was the summer when England again took his self-confidence. After years of dry, wishful grunge from the USA the charts had dominated, now brought young musicians with Moptops the rock 'n' roll back to the island: Oasis released their debut album, celebrating himself as the best band in the world, Blur defended the English "Parklife" and Jarvis Cocker of Pulp helped the Dandy for revival. pop music was allowed to be proud again and embrace life.
And then suddenly stood at the Glastonbury Festival in 1994, four men in camouflage uniforms and masks storm on stage. They sang lyrics like: "There is not no black in the Union Jack" and played to loud punk rock. Manic Street Preachers was this band. She was previously noticed rather than Welsh version of Guns N 'Roses. Then they released their third album, "The Holy Bible", an angry manifesto against fascism, the death penalty and other little hit parade suitable topics. A short time later their guitarist Richey Edwards disappeared without a trace. He was later declared dead without ever his body was found. The Manic Street Preachers went on without him, reinvented themselves as a new Brit pop band and many critics despite today far from dissolving. On July 7, almost exactly 20 years after "The Holy Bible", now her twelfth studio album, "Futurology" is displayed. In the interview, James Dean Bradfield talks about the load of old songs and explains why the Manic Streets Preachers are constantly at war with itself.
Their new album is created at the same time as the published one year ago "Rewind The Movie". Nevertheless, the two plates are very different.
James Dean Bradfield:
That's right. In "Rewind" it comes to terms with the past and to arrive in the present. We realized that we are over 40 and still play in a rock band. For many, this is ridiculous. Sometimes it seems to me even ridiculous. In "Futurology" we see the eye and say, "Yes, we are old bastards fuck it There are still things that are worth fighting for.!."
What, for example?
On the plate is a song called "Let's Go To War". The is a reaction to everything that happens around us. I grew up in a family that always the Labour Party has chosen. I myself have chosen my life long Labour, but since Blair, this party has become so damn corrupt that I probably can never choose again. It drives me to despair, because of course I do not want to choose the Conservatives or Ukip also. At the same time frustrates me that no young band takes up this issue in their music. "Let's Go To War" is exactly it: I have been let down by my own party in the lurch, and in the music and nothing else happens. So we pull itself into the war - even against ourselves and our self-doubt. We need this war with ourselves in order to remain creative.
In the song "Walk Me To The Bridge" sing "Old songs leave long shadows" - "Old songs cast long shadows". Is this also true to your old songs?
Yes, old songs are sometimes a burden. They remind you of ideals that you have lost and incorrect decisions. The more songs you write, the more one realizes how many mistakes you made.
"Futurology" is a very political plate. It works thematically almost like a continuation of "The Holy Bible".
Yes, there are some songs that could be on "Holy Bible", "Europe goes through me," Mayakovsky "," Dreaming A City "This has not so much to do with the music, but rather the narrative.. We have worked together for the first time with my good friend Alex Silva since 1994. He lives in the past few years, Berlin and proposed to include here in the Hansa Studios.
How did the collaboration with actress Nina Hoss, on Europa Geht Durch Mich" come about?
Nina I know about Alex, she is his girlfriend. I wanted one more voice to "Europe", so I asked him if she can sing, and Alex said, "Yes., She has a great voice" I was a bit nervous because I thought: What if it does not work? Then I should have told my friend: "Sorry, your girlfriend can not but sing on our record! '" But Nina has fit perfectly. In the end, I wished she would have sung more songs on the album.
Would you have thought 20 years ago that your band in 2014 still exist?
I do, but Nicky (Wire, Bass - Note) and Richey not well. I always had bands like The Clash in mind. Had the stopped after the first album, we had " London Calling "and" Combat Rock "did not get. I love the idea of a band that changed over the years, mutated matures., But Nicky and Richey were there always something ... well ... nihilistic (laughs).