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The mighty Manic Street Preachers have unveiled new single International Blue – the Welsh rockers’ first new release in four years. You can listen to it here.
Taken from the band’s 13th studio album, Resistance Is Futile, which is out 6 April, the single is unfiltered, classic Manic Street Preachers.
Inspired by the city of Nice in the mid winter sun and the life’s work of French artist Yves Klein, bassist and lyricist Nicky Wire has described as “a sister song to Motorcycle Emptiness”.
Wire says: “I’d been digesting the lyric for five years, since being in Nice and finally joining the dots between Yves Klein’s International Klein Blue and the vast open blue of the Mediterranean Sea.
“It was a moment of connection that felt perfectly natural – not forced or intellectualised. A different kind of enrichment that feels increasingly difficult to find. The track itself is carried by the kind of naïve energy that powered Motorcycle Emptiness”.
James Dean Bradfield adds: “Often I just need a great title to set me off. Seeing the word blue struck a chord and set off memories of pure pop records we grew up with – things like the Story Of The Blues by Wah!, Moon Is Blue by Colourbox, Orange Juice’s Blue Boy and In Bluer Skies by Echo and the Bunnymen.
“I immediately thought of the kind of shiny freedom pop we used to hear on the radio as kids and that quickly became the MO in my head when writing. I just wanted to make a great Manic Street Preachers driving song; something that evoked the heat haze you see on empty open roads in America.
“I wanted to channel a Springsteen/War on Drugs sensibility, but through our European filter. Sometimes, aiming for a feeling is enough to make it work.”
Of their first new album since 2014’s Futurology, the band said: “The main themes of Resistance Is Futile are memory and loss; forgotten history; confused reality and art as a hiding place and inspiration.”
Recently, the Manics announced their biggest series of UK live shows in over a decade. Check out the tour dates below – and then listen to new single International Blue
23 April NEWCASTLE, Metro Radio Arena
25 April GLASGOW, The SSE Hydro Arena
27 April BIRMINGHAM, Arena
28 April MANCHESTER, Arena
1 May LLANDUDNO, Venue Cymru Arena
2 May LEEDS, First Direct Arena
4 May LONDON, The SSE Arena Wembley
5 May CARDIFF, Motorpoint Arena