New Music Monday: Manic Street Preachers

Much like last week’s new music from the band Travis, the Manic Street Preachers have been with me for a very long time. I was first introduced to the Manics in the mid 90’s by a friend who is responsible for introducing me to BritPop. This friend knew my political philosophy at the time, and thought that MSP might just be a band that I could get behind musically and philosophically. He was correct.

The Manic Street Preachers or more affectionately known as the Manics are a rock band who is originally from Blackwood, Wales. They are currently a 3 piece band after having their primary lyricist and rhythm guitarist Richey Edwards disappear in 1995. Their 1996 release (and my first exposure to the band) was “Everything Must Go”.

The new song, which will be off of their upcoming release of the same name “Rewind the Film” features prominent Brit Pop vocalist Richard Hawley, and is a bit more atmospheric than much of their previous work. The band has stated that this album will not have their usual electric guitars and will be a bit more subdued in regards to the music. I personally enjoy their different styles and look forward to the new release coming out September 16th.

On my music bucket list, seeing this band perform live shares the top spot with seeing a reunited Oasis perform live. They travel to the US very infrequently, so I believe I will have to travel significant distance to see them perform live and that would be a hell of an experience.

Here is “Rewind the Film ft. Richard Hawley”

And a classic, “You Love Us” from Generation Terrorists

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