Manics frontman on today’s bands: ‘I see lots of wedge haircuts making songs for insurance ads’

James Dean Bradfield shares his views on today's music scene

Manic Street Preachers frontman James Dean Bradfield has expressed his disappointment with today’s band’s, suggesting many of them true ambition and imagination.

Earlier this month Bradfield claimed the band’s late guitarist Richey Edwards would have been “disgusted” by “how branded bands are” these days. Now he has shared his own views in a new interview with The Scotsman.

“Mark E Smith created his own language. Shaun Ryder created his own language. Simple Minds were working-class lads who had no right to sound like an ambitious, experimental, krautrock-loving Scottish dream. These guys all had pure, vivid imagination and they transformed themselves,” Bradfield explained. “When I look at bands now I see lots of checked shirts, wedge haircuts, guitars worn high, steals from calypso music and, hey-ho, we get songs for insurance ads.”

Meanwhile, Manic Street Preachers revealed on Thursday (September 26) that they have been asked to appear on Question Time. However, the band hinted they will probably decline the invitation to join the panel of the BBC’s topical debate show.

The Manics released their largely acoustic 11th studio album, ‘Rewind The Film’, on September 16. Recorded in the band’s own studio in Cardiff, Rockfield in Monmouthshire and Hansa in Berlin, the album features guest appearances from Lucy Rose (on ‘This Sullen Welsh Heart’) Cate Le Bon (on ‘4 Lonely Roads’) and Richard Hawley on the title track. The band are due to wrap up a six-date UK tour in support of the album with a gig at Glasgow’s Barrowlands tomorrow night (September 29).