Manic Street Preachers have paid tribute to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster in their touching new single, ‘Liverpool Revisited’.
A highlight of their upcoming album ‘Resistance Is Futile’, the soulful cut is drenched in melody in the vein of their ‘Everything Must Go’ anthemic side – as the band deliver a moving ode to the people of Liverpool as they remember the 96.
“Again, another lyric that Nick has written about events that really inspired him,” said frontman James Dean Bradfield of the track. “It’s about the ‘Justice For The Victims Of Hillsborough’ campaign. That campaign fought the entire British establishment to get to the truth, and they finally got there with their ruling.
“When the ruling came out of the High Court, we were just about to do a gig at the Liverpool Echo Arena, and Nick had a day down on the waterfront where he just took loads of Polaroids and wrote loads of poetry, as he does. Nick wrote this song in its entirety. I think I’d gone home for tea with the family and by the time I got back, he’d done a guitar solo – which is a bit cheeky. When he gets into the flow of doing a song on his own, it does just flow.
As well as teasing plans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their classic album ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours‘, Wire recently 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.”
Manic Street Preachers tour dates and tickets
The band’s upcoming UK arena tour dates are below. Tickets are available here.
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