TRACK OF THE DAY (08/12/17): Manic Street Preachers – International Blue

A week after announcing (a few) details about their upcoming new album, Manic Street Preachers have today shared new single, ‘International Blue’.

Taken from album number 13, Resistance Is Futile, due for release in April, the track features the biggest riff we’ve heard from the Welsh threesome since 2010’s Postcards From a Young Man.

Described by vocalist/guitarist, James Dean Bradfield as “Springsteen/War on Drugs sensibility, but through our European filter”, ‘International Blue’ it’s a definate depatrure from the bands previous two albums; the cinematic and acoustic themed Rewind The Film, and the Krautrock, Euro pop delight of 2014’s Futurology.

Take a listen below.

On the new track, bassist and lyricist, Nicky Wire explained; “I’d been digesting the lyric for five years, since being in Nice and finally joining the dots between Yves Klein’s International Klein Blue and the vast open blue of the Mediterranean Sea. It was a moment of connection that felt perfectly natural – not forced or intellectualised. A different kind of enrichment that feels increasingly difficult to find. The track itself is carried by the kind of naïve energy that powered ‘Motorcycle Emptiness’”.

Vocalist and guitarist, James Dean Bradfield added; “Often I just need a great title to set me off. Seeing the word blue struck a chord and set off memories of pure pop records we grew up with – things like the ‘Story of the Blues’ by Wah!, ‘Moon is Blue’ by Colourbox, Orange Juice’s ‘Blue Boy’ and’ In Bluer Skies’ by Echo and the Bunnymen. I immediately thought of the kind of shiny freedom pop we used to hear on the radio as kids and that quickly became the MO in my head when writing. I just wanted to make a great Manic Street Preachers driving song; something that evoked the heat haze you see on empty open roads in America.”

Resistance Is Futile is due out on Sony/Columbia on April 6th 2018. Pre-order, here.

To coinside with the albums release, the band will play a series of UK dates. See below.

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