Welsh Legends MANIC STREET PREACHERS Drop Final Single Of New Album – ‘COMPICLATED ILLUSIONS

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10 October 2021


(photo by Turn Up The Volume)

Band: MANIC STREET PREACHERS
Album: THE ULTRA VIVID LAMENT
The Welsh rockers’ 14th longplayer

The Manics released this new album a couple of weeks ago.
A sugary collection of sugary pop songs, but still tackling all
sorts of social issues.

One of those melancholic meditations is COMPLICATED ILLUSIONS,
now dropped as the final single of the LP.

Here’s the accompanying video clip

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A Band Designed For Live – MANIC STREET PREACHERS Released 14th Album ‘THE ULTRA VIVID LAMENT’

19 September 2021

Band: MANIC STREET PREACHERS
Album: THE ULTRA VIVID LAMENT
The Welsh rockers’ 14th longplayer

NME says: “The band delve into loss, insecurity and existential dread,
resulting in some of the prettiest songs of their career… A record of
intense beauty, among the best of the Manics’ records this century.”

Full review here. Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Even after all these years, the Manics – one of
my all-time favorite bands – do what they do terrifically best, writing
adrenalin-fueled pop anthems that make your ears smile, and move
your excited heart and yearning soul. I know, their slash-‘n’-burn punk
edge of the early days is gone. But their ardent pop sensibility is just
inexhaustible and, yes, they still tackle social issues/injustices – from
past and present – with a sharp pen.

A band designed for life.
Eternal tunesmiths.

Singles/clips: The Secret He Had Missed / Orwellian

– THE SECRET HE HAD MISSED –

– ORWELLIAN –

Stream full album…

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4 Brand New ALBUMS: MANIC STREET PREACHERS – THE VACCINES – SLEIGH BELLS – METALLICA

Brand new longplayers…

The Ultra Vivid Lament by MANIC STREET PREACHERS

Band: MANIC STREET PREACHERS
Album: THE ULTRA VIVID LAMENT
The Welsh rockers’ 14th longplayer

NME says: “The band delve into loss, insecurity and existential dread, resulting in some of the prettiest songs of their career… The record has its flaws, but in the end they are minor bumps
in a record of intense beauty, among the best of the Manics’ records this century.”
Full review here. Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Even after all these years, the Manics – one of my-all time favorite bands – do what they do terrifically best, writing adrenalin-fueled pop anthems that make your ears tremble the moment they stream out of your stereo speakers. I know, their slash-‘n’-burn punk edge of the early days is gone, and they pop more than they rock now, with sticking symphonic sparks, and they still tackle social issues/injustices – past and present – with a pointed knife. A band designed for life.

Stream here…

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Band: SLEIGH BELLS
Album: TEXIS
The New York duo’s fifth full length

The Line Of Best Fit says: “TEXIS delivers everything that one could hope to find on a Sleigh Bells record: dance worthy beats, angelic vocals, and satisfying boisterousness. While TEXIS could have afforded more variability, it remains a testament to the act’s ability to express a range of emotions without killing the tempo.” Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Sleigh Bells combine half tunes, with half grooves, half beats and half booms, then throw the whole shebang in a bubbling electro bath. Don’t expect a Saturday Night Fever Party, but a rather Saturday Of Messed-Up Minds Madness. Actually, my messed-up cup of tea.

Stream here…


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Band: METALLICA
Album: METALLICA BLACKLIST
What: A massive covers compilation called The Metallica Blacklist featuring
no less than 53 artists interpreting a Black Album song, the breakthrough LP
that celebrated its 30th last month.

Pitchfork writes: “There’s some great music on The Metallica Blacklist, but how great can
an album truly be if you can’t stomach listening to it in one sitting? The Black Album launched Metallica to superstardom because of its approachability, but in its attempts to offer something for everyone, Blacklist spreads itself too thin.”
Full review here. Score: 6/10.

Turn Up The Volume: 66 tracks, 5 hours and 56 minutes! No, thank you. Really too much for my ears. And, to be honest, I was never a devoted Metallica fan, but millions are, so there you go.

Stream here…

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Band: THE VACCINES
Album: BACK IN LOVE CITY
Fifth LP by the London indie rockers

DIY magazine‘s verdict: “The Vaccines allow their unashamed love for pop to soar
on ‘Back In Love City’. Against Justin’s increasingly interesting way with words, it feels
like the purest Vaccines album yet.”
Full review here. Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: The one and only Vaccines album I frequently return to is their debut What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?. Its razor-sharp, no fillers all killers brilliance melted away along their long and winding road. Mind you, this new one has some big moments… but just not enough. Also, too much over-orchestrated bombast. Their first vaccine is still their most effective working in my book.

Stream here…

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Coming Soon… 14th MANIC STREET PREACHERS Album

14 July 2021

Band: MANIC STREET PREACHERS
Active: Since 1986 / 14 studio albums,
including the new one.

Note: One of my all fav bands,
on record and on stage.

New album: THE ULTRA VIVID LAMENT
Out: 3 September 2021 / Pre-order info here.

Press info: ” ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’ is both reflection and reaction;
a record that gazes in isolation across a cluttered room, fogged by often
painful memories, to focus on an open window framing a gleaming vista
of land melting into sea and endless sky.

Lead-single: ORWELLIAN
“The track is about the battle to claim meaning, the erasing of context within
debate, the overriding sense of factional conflict driven by digital platforms
leading to a perpetual state of culture war”.

Official video clip…

UK Tour dates

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MANIC STREET PEACHERS – Emotional Magnum Opus ‘EVERYTHING MUST GO’ Released 25 Years Ago

20 May 2021

Band: MANIC STREET PREACHERS
Active: since 1986 / 13 studio albums so far,
new one The Ultra Vivid Lament out in September.

Birthday album: EVERYTHING MUST GO – 4th LP
Released: 20 May 1996 – 25 years ago
Score: #2 in the UK

NME‘s Ted Kessler wrote: “No other group makes music that sounds so much like
one final, valedictory salute everything, and much of ‘Everything Must Go’ sweeps as
if it should accompany the closing MSP titles as our heroes ride off into the sunset.
But you leave the show feeling privileged to have experienced such a life-affirming and
tuneful bout of self-counselling, and you feel it’s done them good as well. ‘Everything Must
Go’ punches at its own heavy, emotional weight – of recent memory only Radiohead’s ‘The Bends’ can spar in the same ring – but as the right hand pounds you with desolation, the
left follows through with a tentative and gentle tickle of optimism.”
Score: 8/10.

Nicky Wire (bassist, lyricist) in an interview with The Guardian (2016): “We always
wanted to be massive. It would have been great for Richey to have been with us at those
huge gigs. That’s the real sadness. It’s great that he is on the record with some of his lyrics though – Small Black Flowers, for instance. We’d be playing to 10,000 people and there would be couples swaying along to: “Harvest your ovaries dead mothers crawl.” Is there a bleaker
line in rock history?”

James Dean Brandfield (Vocalist, guitarist) in the same interview: “Look, let’s get in
a room together as a band rather than as friends, and see what the dynamic is like without Richey. Writing a song like A Design for Life was a massive relief: it was the only way we could
be ourselves again.”

Turn Up The Volume: My all-Manics-time favorite album. An emotional magnum opus. The first LP without the sadly missed Richey Edwards. It felt and still feels like a heart and soul tribute to him. When they played the LP from start to finish in Brussels 5 years ago – to celebrate the 20th birthday – I was blown away. It was a magic and, yes, spiritual experience. Hail hail Manics!

Singles/clips: A Design For Life / Australia / Kevin Carter / Everything Must Go

– A DESIGN FOR LIFE –
(timeless masterstroke)

– AUSTRALIA –

– KEVIN CARTER –

– EVERYTHING MUST GO –

Full album…

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(concert pics by Turn Up The Volume – Brussels 2016 – 20th ‘Everything Must Go’ birthday concert)

Still Channeling Their Freedom Of Social Speech – MANICS Announce New LP And Share Lead Single ‘ORWELLIAN’

14 May 2021

Band: MANIC STREET PREACHERS (Wales)
Active: Since 1986 – 13 albums so far

New album: THE ULTRA VIVID LAMENT
The band’s 14th longplayer.

“A record that gazes in isolation across a cluttered room, fogged
by often painful memories, to focus on an open window framing
a gleaming vista of land melting into sea and endless sky,”
says
the band.

Watch album trailer

Lead-single: ORWELLIAN TIMES

No reflections about the birds and the bees, no cheesy love
songs, no commerce-orientated strategy for the Welsh legends.
The Manics always got up, stood up, and used their freedom
of critical and social speech and they still do.

‘Orwellian Times’ is about “the battle to claim meaning, the erasing of
context within debate, the overriding sense of factional conflict driven by
digital platforms leading to a perpetual state of culture war.”
Not a fun
topic, but, unfortunately, this science-fiction-like era is for real and it’s
not a fun one at all. The street preachers still care with a big heart, a
big soul and a sharp view.

2021 is the new 1984.
If you tolerate this then your
children will be next…

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THE ULTRA VIVID LAMENT – out 3rd September – order info here

MANIC STREET PREACHERS Released Their 6th Album ‘KNOW YOUR ENEMY’ 20 Years Ago Today

19 March 2020

Band: MANIC STREET PREACHERS

Album: KNOW YOUR ENEMY
Released: 19 March 2001 – 20 years ago today
Score: #2 in the UK

Pitchfork said: “As personal as the songs on Know Your Enemy may be,
there’s always a definite political thread tied up in there, too. Though the
band’s agenda can get mighty opaque at times, the album feels throughout
like some sort of call to arms. They’re not just preaching to the converted.
Rather than aiming stylistically at a certain audience, Know Your Enemy finds
the Manics attempting to write a protest song in just about every genre.”
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Turn Up The Volume: An LP that got better over the years – several
great singles on it – just like the red Bordeaux wine in your cellar.

Singles/clips: Let Robinson Sing / So Why So Sad /
Found That Soul / Ocean Spray

– LET ROBINSON SING –
(my favorite track – epic!)

– SO WHY SO SAD –

– FOUND THAT SOUL –

– OCEAN SPRAY –

Stream full album…

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