Manic Street Preachers frontman James Dean Bradfield has said that band played their 1996 album ‘Everything Must Go’ in the studio together last week “just for a laugh”.
Speaking at the NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas, in a video which you can watch above, he added: “It was easy, it felt brilliant, it felt like you could just breathe and fly with it… From ‘The Holy Bible’ to ‘Everything Must Go’, they’re both really enjoyable to play but in completely different ways.”
At the end of last year, the band played their 1994 album ‘The Holy Bible’ live at a number of shows to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Talking about playing the album in full, Bradfield commented: “It’s very fast and I’m 45 years old, so to approach these shows when we did it, I looked at the technical aspect, and I just really fucking enjoyed it. It was like a fight, it was just really good. Not that I can fight anymore, because I’m too old!” They will play more shows in May and June of this year.
Speaking further about the LP, which was their last to feature guitarist Richey Edwards, Bradfield commented: “It is an album that represents a quite fraught, but also a quite happy time in our lives. We knew that we were making something special and you don’t get that feeling much. And sometimes, subsequently you do end up doing something special, but you don’t feel it at that moment in time. With ‘The… Bible’ we actually felt that it was important, we felt that everything was at stake and that we had nothing to lose, because we felt like we were a band that had failed somewhat at that point, by not selling 27 million records and splitting up and all of that kind of bollocks. It was a moment in time… Richey wasn’t in such bad shape when we were making that record – it was the calm before the storm.”
Manic Street Preachers play:
Edinburgh Usher Hall (May 30)
Wolverhampton Civic Hall (June 1)
Southampton Guildhall (2)
Cardiff Castle (5)