It had to happen at some point. Following the last two releases being reissues, 2018 will see the Manic Street Preachers unleashing album number 13 onto the world. Entitled Resistance is Futile I was initially disappointed that it wasn’t a rock opera on the Battle of Wolf 359. However, upon reading the initial synopsis which landed in my inbox this morning I was heartened:
The main themes of ‘Resistance is Futile’ are memory and loss; forgotten history; confused reality and art as a hiding place and inspiration. It’s obsessively melodic – in many ways referencing both the naive energy of ‘Generation Terrorists’ and the orchestral sweep of ‘Everything Must Go’. After delay and difficulties getting started, the record has come together really quickly over the last few months through a surge of creativity and some old school hard work.
You can view the trailer for the album, also put out today, below.
Resistance is Futile will be released on the 6th of April 2018 on Columbia and is available for preorder now.
Coinciding with the album is the Manics’ largest tour in several years. Gone are the intimate gigs and smaller venues, with arenas – arguably the best place to experience the Manics’
euphoria – all present and correct up and down the UK. Tickets for the tour go on sale on the 24th of November, and the dates are below:
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