Manic Street Preachers end four-year wait with ‘International Blue’


Manic Street Preachers have launched ‘International Blue’ – their first new release in four years – and you can listen to it now on the Shoot Music – New Releases Playlist.  

The unfiltered, classic Manic Street Preachers single is taken from the band’s 13th studio album ‘Resistance Is Futile‘ out April 6 via Columbia/Sony.

Inspired by the city of Nice in the mid-winter sun and the life’s work of French Nouveau realisme artist Yves Klein, ‘International Blue’ – which is also a new addition to the Fantasy Premier League playlist – is built over an immense riff that echoes the twin Manics peaks of ‘Generation Terrorists’ and ‘Everything Must Go’.

Nicky Wire explained “I’d been digesting the lyric for five years, since being in Nice and finally joining the dots between Yves Klein’s International Klein Blue and the vast open blue of the Mediterranean Sea.

“It was a moment of connection that felt perfectly natural – not forced or intellectualised. A different kind of enrichment that feels increasingly difficult to find. The track itself is carried by the kind of naïve energy that powered ‘Motorcycle Emptiness’.”

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.”

To coincide with the release of ‘Resistance Is Futile’, the band have announced their biggest series of UK live shows in over a decade. Support on all dates comes from very special guests The Coral.

Tour Dates:
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

Manic Street Preachers – James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire and Sean Moore – recently received the Inspiration Award at the Q Awards at the Roundhouse in London. Previous winners include U2, David Bowie and Patti Smith. The band performed a greatest hits set on the night with support from Sleaford Mods.


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