New Manics album: ‘pure melodies mixed with rock ’n’ roll’

Nicky Wire tells all

Nicky Wire has confirmed that the new Manic Street Preachers album is well underway, and has revealed more about what it will sound like.

It seems the band’s next album, their eighth, will have more of a rock sound than the ‘elegiac pop’ of 2004’s ‘Lifeblood’.

Speaking to NME.COM, Nicky Wire said: “James [Dean Bradfield] hates me for saying this, but it’s sounding like ‘The White Album’ played by Guns N’ Roses – pure melodies mixed with rock ’n’ roll.

“A mix of ‘Generation Terrorists’ and ‘Everything Must Go’, that’s what we’re after.”

Wire also commented on the band’s previous few albums, dubbing the last few years “our wasteland period”: “People have told me ‘The Love Of Richard Nixon’ sounded like the Pet Shop Boys, but you’ve got to have your wasteland period otherwise you end up regurgitating the same stuff.

“You’ve got to come back with something amazing and that’s why this is such hard work.”

Wire’s solo album ‘I Killed The Zeitgeist’ is released on September 25.