Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Track Of The Day: Manic Street Preachers - 'Walk Me To The Bridge'

Welsh legends the Manic Street Preachers release their new album 'Futurology' on July 7. Taken from it, here is the new single, which comes with a video directed by Keiran Evans. The insistently catchy 'Walk Me To The Bridge' certainly seems to have more life than the melancholic, rather languid 'Rewind The Film' album from last year. Although it may initially sound like it was written about the disappearance of former lyricist Richey Edwards, it's actually "about the Øresund Bridge that joins Sweden and Denmark." Explains Nicky Wire. "A long time ago when we were crossing that bridge I was flagging and thinking about leaving the band (the “fatal friend”). It’s about the idea of bridges allowing you an out of body experience as you leave and arrive in different places." Musically it comes imbued with 80's rock bombast as well as a momentous European vibe that recalls Bowie's Berlin years. According to the press release ‘Futurology’ is “Furious, propulsive and expansive, ‘Futurology’ is the sound of the Manics at their very best – a record inspired by permanent revolution, modern art and Autobahns.” Special guests include Green Gartside (Scritti Politti), Welsh Music Prize 2013 winner Georgia Ruth, Cian Ciarán (Super Furry Animals) and German film star Nina Hoss.

"old songs leave long shadows..."


  1. I loved Rewind the Film and didn't find it languid at all . The lyrics were insightful and the music melancholic and beautiful . So far I also love what I've heard of Futurology.

    1. oh i didn't mean "languid" in a bad way! it had a slow moving, at times resigned beauty. and i have a feeling i'll love Futurology just as much!

    2. Sorry I misunderstood, resigned beauty is a good description. I get the feeling Futurology will be less resigned :)