Manics’ James Dean Bradfield: ‘New bands make gap year music’

Frontman also bemoans the state of the Top 40

Manic Street Preachers frontman James Dean Bradfield has argued many new bands are filled with people on gap years from conventional careers.

Speaking to the Daily Record, Bradfield said that being in a band is no longer a “badge of honour” – and claimed he struggles to find “amazing or great” new bands.

“I don’t see a story unfolding with bands because it is gap year music. It seems like somebody has said, ‘I think I’ll do an album then my dad will give me a job in the accountancy firm’,” he commented.

Bradfield also bemoaned the state of the Top 40, stating that it is “depressing” that it is “all pop music”.

“It’s like the indie wars never happened. It’s as if Manchester, Seattle and Britpop never existed,” he remarked.

Earlier this month, the Manic Street Preachers confirmed that the title track from their last album ‘Postcards From A Young Man’ will be their next single.

Bassist Nicky Wire has also revealed that the band are also working on their 11th studio album, which has the provisional title ’70 Songs Of Hatred And Failure’.