Manic Street Preachers: ‘We broke up after Richey disappeared’

Band reveal post-Richey hiatus

Manic Street Preachers have revealed that they broke up after founding member Richey Edwards disappeared in 1995.

Speaking in the video interview which can be seen above, frontman James Dean Bradfield explained that the trio only existed as friends and were no longer a functioning band.

Bradfield said

So it was around about five, six months after Richey’s disappearance where we didn’t exist as band, but we existed as friends as we always had. We didn’t feel as if we were in a band for a long time afterwards.

He went onto explain how ‘A Design For Life’ was instrumental is bringing the group back together. “I was living in London and (Nicky Wire) sent me some lyrics in the post,” he says. “Two (sets) arrived; one was called ‘Pure Motive’ and one was called ‘A Design For Life’.

“They both had a hint of violence and reaffirmation about them, what working class attitudes should have. And then I atomized the two sets of lyrics and wrote some music to it, which came really easily.

“I rang (Wire) up and said ‘I found the song that will give us reason to exist as a band (again)!'”

The band release ‘National Treasures’, a new compilation which features all 38 of their singles, on October 31. They’ll also play their singles in order at a one-off gig at London’s O2 Arena on December 17.