The Manic Street Preachers new album Postcards From A Young Man hit’s the streets on Sept 20th
with a single It’s Not War Just The End Of Love preceding it on Sept 13th The radio that’s on at work have been playing the single a hell of a lot, yeah it’s a pop song, but it’s a Manic Street Preachers pop song! their rage may have aged, but it’s still there, subversive and subliminal as ever, like James Dean Bradfield said in NME “We’re going for big radio hits….it’s one last shot at mass communication.” Nicky adds “We’ve always been about infiltrating the mainstream….Our mantra at the start was ‘If you‘ve got something to say, say it to as many people as humanly possible‘” and that’s why the Manics still matter….Because there is no one in the mainstream that has anything to say about anything. I’m looking forward to hearing the album, which includes ‘guest’ appearances from Ian McCulloch (Echo and The Bunnymen) Duff McKagan (Guns’n’Roses) and John Cale (Velvet Underground) In run up to the release of the single and album, the band put up the non-album track I’m Leaving You For Solitude, on their website as a free download. I’m not sure it’s still available there so I’m making it available here if you fancy a listen.