Since the last bit of news the Welsh rockers revealed, that plans of their 14th album are underway; Manic Street Preachers have recently announced possible song titles via Instagram.
On describing what fans may expect to hear once the record is done, Nicky Wire, the band’s bass player has stated in an interview with NME, “It’s very broad – it feels like an expansive record. Resistance Is Futile certainly felt more tight and ‘pop’ in a Manics sense. Everything was really melodic and concise. This album just feels broader. It’s got a wider landscape, sonically. It’s early days, but ‘Orwellian’ feels like the one track to guide us. I wouldn’t call it a directly political song, but it has that element of the times that we live in.”
“When we finished in the studio four weeks ago we were making good progress on album 14,” according to Nicky Wire “Here’s a few titles/ideas. It’s still early days. More writing and much more recording to complete. Hope you can all hear it sometime this year. Stay safe + stay beautiful.”
Some of the song titles that were revealed in a photo of a handwritten list, as found on Instagram, include: ‘The Secret He Had Missed’, ‘Blank Diary Entry’, ‘Afterending’, ‘Diapause’, ‘Don’t let the night divide us’, among others. These are, of course, tentative and may change. The Manics are known to include lofty quotes and intellectual musings from various figures of history, politics, and culture at large. For this particular Instagram entry, they’ve included one from Welsh historian and travel writer, Jan Morris: “I’ve become obsessed with the idea of reconciliation, particularly reconciliation with nature but with people too, of course. I think that travel has been a kind of search for that, a pursuit for unity and even an attempt to contribute to a sense of unity.”
The Manic Street Preachers have never been shy about referencing authors, artists, and other musicians, as a way of mapping out their train of thoughts in a diaristic sense. While the boys from Wales have a propensity to be antagonistic and pay homage to their heroes, most recently Wire states that the Arctic Monkey’s most recent album, is his new favourite, lyrically.
In an interview that Nicky Wire did with NME last year, Wire said of one of the songs from their upcoming album: “We’ve written one really brilliant Manics song called ‘Orwellian’,” Wire told NME last March. “We’ve demoed that, and it feels like a bit of a signpost to where we’re going. It’s got a bit of an ‘If You Tolerate This’ retro-futurism about it. It’s our shining light at the moment.”
In the traditional Manic Street Preachers fashion, they are doing things their own way, and this will certainly not change even with their 14th studio effort. While the Manics have always kept a finely tuned finger on the pulse of the times, they have never done the obvious. In last year’s interview, the boys from Wales stated they do not have any plans of singing about the Coronavirus. Instead, the songs will most likely touch on some personal material.
Nicky Wire added: “Lyrically, I’m just working things out. Since losing both my parents, I’ve been kind of overwhelmed at that situation. There’s a deep-rooted sadness and melancholia that overhangs everything.”
James Dean Bradfield released a solo album, Even in Exile, last summer. Nicky Wire has been working on new solo material that allegedly features electronic elements.