Manic Street Preachers: Rewind The Film
THE Manic Street Preachers are set to release their 11th studio album Rewind The Film on September 16. If you are not a fan of the band, you will still know and love their song If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next released back in 1998 but the group is more than just a one hit cult classic.
Rewind The Film is recorded in the band’s own studio and features guest appearances from Lucy Rose, Cate Le Bon and Richard Hawley. The band issued a statement saying, “[If] this record has a relation in the Manics back catalogue, it’s probably the sedate coming of age that was This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours.”
The album, which is the follow-up to 2010’s Postcards From A Young Man, will follow the release of the single Show Me The Wonder on September 9. Shortly after the album’s release, the band will tour the UK and Ireland – playing Dublin, Newport, Bristol, London, Manchester and Glasgow.
The Welsh three-piece have revealed the first taster for the album, with the title track featuring Richard Hawley being made available for instant download with an album pre-order on iTunes.
There is a dreamy quality to the song, which opens with delicately plucked guitar and the distant cry of violins. It’s a Richard Hawley song in all but name until the three-minute mark. Hawley’s deep and rich croon tells a tale of wanting to return to a place that feels safe. As the strings start to stir the song shifts, Hawley’s Hawaiian guitar kicks in and James Dean Bradfield’s passionate vocal taking the song on a different journey before it relaxes back into the lovely pleading chorus, “rewind the film again, I’d love to see my joy, my friends”.
Shot in the South Wales valleys, the video cements the songs sweeping sense of nostalgia as it follows an elderly man around a dilapidated village, before he and the locals enjoy a cheery game of bingo. The album is described as ‘a more reflective, stripped-back sound whilst maintaining the classic Manics melody and unique lyricism’.
The band was formed in 1986 and have been hard at work ever since. Originally a quartet, they became a trio when primary lyricist and rhythm guitarist Richey Edwards disappeared in 1995 (He is officially presumed dead since 2008).
The band has been awarded cult status due to their early androgynous glam look, imagery and critical social lyrics. They have garnered eight Top 10 albums, fifteen Top 10 singles and have reached No.1 on the UK charts three times in their 27-year career. ‘If You Tolerate This‘ was voted No.20 on Channel 4’s ‘100 Greatest Number One Singles’ list.
Rewind the Film is set to be a mainly acoustic album that will capture the true sound of a new era in the Manic Street Preachers journey along the music highway.
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