Manic Street Preachers have released their new single ‘Distant Colours’ today on Columbia/Sony, watch the video below.
Taken from their forthcoming 13th studio album ‘Resistance Is Futile’. The album is now released 13th April having been pushed back a week.
A defeated verse gives way to a bombastic chorus rush that encompasses feelings of loss and fading memories. The lyrics, written by James Dean Bradfield, are about his disenchantment with the left of his youth; where the classic Labour of Nye Bevan has ended up. “Musically, the verse is downcast and melancholic and the chorus is an explosion of disillusionment and tears.”
With a video shot in Wales, it sees the central character from International Blue – actress Sarah Sayuri – criss-cross the country stopping off at key historical and cultural sites of interest that in some way relate to some of the themes in the song. Shot by long term collaborator Kieran Evans, the film passes sites such as the famous ‘Cofiwch Dreweryn’ (Remember Treweryn – the protest memorial to the drowning of the village Treweryn) and the statue of Welsh warrior Llewelyn ap Gruffydd overlooking Llandovery. It then weaves down through the plains of the Brecon Beacons to find ourselves in front of the Aneurin Bevan ‘Stones’ on the windblown edges of Ebbw Vale. Further south, to the extraordinary miners memorial ‘Guardian of the Valleys’ in Six Bells, Abertillery and on to the Chartist Monument on the outskirts of Blackwood before arriving at the towns Little Theatre the site of the third ever Manics gig.
The first track from the new album ‘International Blue’ came out in December. The band have also been announced on the line up for the BBC Biggest Weekend on 25th May at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as well as slots at several UK festivals.
Of their first new album since 2014’s ‘Futurology’, the band said: “The main themes of ‘Resistance is Futile’ are memory and loss; forgotten history; confused reality and art as a hiding place and inspiration.”
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
With very special guests The Coral
21-24 June ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL,
21 July PENN FESTIVAL, Buckinghamshire (headline)
27 July Y NOT FESTIVAL, Peak District