Back in 1992, the ‘Manics’ released their debut album ‘Generation Terrorists’ and the band maintained that they would split up if it didn’t outsell Guns ‘n’ Roses ‘Appetite For Destruction’. 25 years and a dozen albums later the group are ready with their 13th album ‘Resistance Is Futile’. The trio have maintained their popularity despite the up’s and down’s of losing a member (Richie Edwards) and brave switches in their musical direction (2004’s ‘Lifeblood’).
Speaking about the new album, and their previous remarks that there may never be another Manics record says Nicky Wire: “There’s a dystopian feel to a lot of things. I’ve barricaded myself in a bit to find a lot of inspiration. I don’t know if you get the time to let it happen naturally any more. I don’t want to be bombarded in a vacuum that I can’t explain. I was ravaged with doubt. I spend a lot of my time being ravaged my doubt. I don’t know if it’s an age thing. You just always think that you’re one step away from going wrong or questioning your relevance. I wish I could be as supremely confident as I was when i was 19 – or as deluded, whichever it was. I just don’t feel that way any more. Apart from us three being in the studio trying to create something that will give people as much stimulation as it gives us. That’s what holds us together and drives us.”
“The main themes of ‘Resistance Is Futile’ are memory and loss – forgotten history – confused reality and art as a hiding place and inspiration. Musically the album is obsessively melodic and in many ways references the naive energy of ‘Generation Terrorists’ and the orchestral sweep of ‘Everything Must Go’. After delay and difficulties, the record has come together really quickly over the last few months, there has been a surge of creativity and old school hard work.”