Published Nov 12, 2013Though they only just released their new record Rewind the Film this year, Welsh pop-rock outfit Manic Street Preachers are in a prolific place in their career. The long-running group are already putting the finishing touches on a follow-up to that album.
The record is called Futurology, and is nearing completion. The band's James Dean Bradfield told NME that is will be "a lot spikier and shinier" than Rewind the Tape, which he described as more "acoustic based."
"It's much more band-based, a tiny bit of krautrock influence," he added. "It's not like The Holy Bible, but there's a bit of the same intent and threat."
As for the new album's themes, he said, "Lyrically, it's got a European fascination. The landscape of Europe, the malaise of Europe, the malaise of us Brits not feeling part of it. We're not talking like the Tories, don't worry — there's not a song where we opt out of Europe. The lead track is me singing half in English and half in German."
Futurology will mark the Manic Street Preachers' 11th album overall. Stay tuned for more details as they become available. In the meantime, you can watch the video for their Rewind the Film track "Anthem for a Lost Cause" below.