MANICS AT THE DOUBLE

The band's act is unprecedented in modern chart history...

MANIC STREET PREACHERS will release two different singles on the same day, NME.COM can exclusively reveal.

The Welsh three-piece will release two singles, ‘So Why So Sad’ and ‘Found That Soul’, on March 5. Both songs are on the Manics’ sixth album, ‘Know Your Enemy’, which is released on March 26 through Epic/Sony. B-sides for both singles are still to be confirmed.

The band’s decision to return with two singles on the same day is believed to be unprecedented in the modern chart era. UK indie band Lush did attempt the same feat in 1994, but only managed to to reach 60 and 52 respectively with ‘Desire Lines’ and ‘Hypocrite’.

Manic Street Preachers’ spokeswoman told NME.COM: “As far as major chart single releases go – no, it’s never been done before.”

A dual single release does echo Guns N’ Roses’ release of two double albums – ‘Use Your Illusion I’ and ‘Use Your Illusion II’ – on the same day in May 1991. Both Nicky Wire and James Dean Bradfield are on record stating their admiration for Guns N’ Roses.

New songs from ‘Know Your Enemy’ will get their first airing on February 17 at the 5,000 capacity Karl Marx Theatre, Havana, as previously reported. Speaking in an interview in this week’s NME, Nicky Wire commented: “The album we’ve made sounds like we’ve listened a lot to our old records and realised where we got our original inspiration from.”

James Dean Bradfield recently admitted to fears that a “Yankaphilic” media will give the new Manics material a hard time. “We’ve always had the fear and that’s almost made us retaliate in kind,” he told Radio 1. “I think we work better when we feel a bit scared.”

For more details about the singles, and to read the interview with the Manics in full, see this week’s NME, on sale today (January 9) in London and the rest of the UK on Wednesday.