“A European sequel to ‘Motorcycle Emptiness'” – watch the Manics’ new ‘International Blue’ video

They've also unveiled the tracklist for new album 'Resistance Is Futile'

Manic Street Preachers have unveiled their summery new video for comeback single ‘International Blue’ – described as a “European sequel to ‘Motorcycle Emptiness'”.

Having previously called the lead single from their upcoming 13th album ‘Resistance Is Futile’ a ‘sister song’ to the ‘Generation Terrorists’ classic, now their new video is also a response to the song’s iconic video. It’s also a tribute to French artist Yves Klein.

“It’s like a European ‘Motorcycle Emptiness’ as a video, rather than being in Japan,” Wire told NME. “Yves Klein is from Nice and there’s quite a lot of his stuff there. The video is trying to evoke the spirit of ‘Motorcycle Emptiness’ for the 21st Century.”


Speaking of the track itself, Wire continued: “I think there’s a certain naive energy and widescreen melancholia on the song that is reflected through the whole album. It’s a good representation of the almost ‘Generation Terrorists’ energy that we’ve got.

“There’s still a lot of 1970’s Bowie, ‘Station To Station’ kinda stuff, which has been a big influence. But it’s still obsessed with melody.”

Director and the band’s longtime visual collaborator Kieran Evans said the track was “inspired by the city of Nice in the mid winter sun and the life’s work of French artist Yves Klein”.

“We hit on the idea of creating a mood and atmosphere we termed ‘widescreen melancholia’ which will run through all the films we make for the album,” he continued.

Manic Street Preachers' announce new album 'Resistance Is Futile'
Manic Street Preachers’ announce new album ‘Resistance Is Futile’


Meanwhile, the band have also shared the tracklist to ‘Resistance Is Futile’:

People Give In
International Blue
Distant Colours
Dylan & Caitlin
Liverpool Revisited
Sequels Of Forgotten Wars
Hold Me Like A Heaven
In Eternity
Broken Algorithms
A Song for The Sadness
The Left Behind

As well as teasing plans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their classic album ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours‘, Wire also spoke to NME about what to expect from ‘Resistance Is Futile‘.

“On the single and the whole album, there are a lot of mini tributes to things that make your life feel a little bit better,” said Wire’. “Rather than my internalised misery, I tried to put a sense of optimism into the lyrics by writing about things that we find really inspiring.”

He continued: “I wouldn’t go as far as to call it ‘escapist’, but it does feel like we’re building our own world. It goes back to the idea of when we started the band with us four insulating ourselves and germinating ideas. It’s not about purposefully switching yourself off from the world around you, but just trying to find inspiration. Otherwise you just get swamped in a sea of total negativity – which is fine. It’s not like we haven’t done that before.”

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Manic Street Preachers
Manic Street Preachers

‘Resistance Is Futile’ will be released via Columbia/Sony on April 6, 2018 – and can be pre-ordered here.

Manic Street Preachers tour dates and tickets

The band’s upcoming UK arena tour dates are below. Tickets are available here.

23 April     NEWCASTLE, Metro Radio Arena
25 April     GLASGOW, The SSE Hydro Arena
27 April     BIRMINGHAM, Arena
28 April     MANCHESTER, Arena  
1 May      LLANDUDNO, Venue Cymru Arena
2 May      LEEDS, First Direct Arena
4 May      LONDON, The SSE Arena Wembley
5 May      CARDIFF, Motorpoint Arena