Manic Street Preachers bemoan lack of bands making political statements

Welsh trio say there's still no angry music akin to the 'The Holy Bible'

Manic Street Preachers have expressed frustration over the lack of young bands writing political songs.

The band speak exclusively to NME as part of this week’s new issue, on newsstands now and available digitally.

In the interview, frontman James Dean Bradfield said: “I go to gigs and I barely hear a political or radical statement from any musician these days. It’s really weird that we’ve been through so many wars and economic crashes and we had the English riots a couple of years back and it barely seems to touch the surface of the musical canon. People seem almost baffled by how to channel that indelible tension into music.”

His sentiments were echoed by bandmate Nicky Wire, who said while he’s happy to bang the same drum, he doesn’t feel it’s his place to do so. He said: “I just feel like I’d be almost a caricature of a mad wailing man with no fucker listening and no-one even caring if I carried on as before.

“That needs to come from a young band – it needs to come from four young people in the middle of nowhere who are angry and articulate and have found a way to channel that. I still get the same instincts, undeniably, and it still seeps through, but there should be someone else, there really fucking should. Twenty years since ‘In Utero’, 20 years since ‘The Holy Bible’ – it still doesn’t feel like there’s anything akin to that.”

The band were talking about their forthcoming album ‘Futurology’, the follow-up to last year’s mostly acoustic ‘Rewind The Film’, which will be released on July 7. The new album sees the band plugging their guitars back in, with Wire commenting, “I think it’s full-on, blasting rock’n’roll from now on, until we literally have wheelchairs.”

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