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Resistance Is Futile (Pre-Order)Release Date: June 22, 2018*
In interviews prior to the release of their 2010 album 'Postcards From A Young Man', Manic Street Preachers' Nicky Wire stated that the record represented "one last shot at mass communication". Twenty years on from their incendiary debut for Heavenly ('Motown Junk'), it seemed like the biggest cult band in the country were readying to stand aside to let any number of young upstarts attempt to scale their pedestal.
Recorded concurrently, the twin albums that followed saw the band explore previously uncharted territory. On 'Rewind the Film' (2013), the band channelled their Welsh heritage as never before in a series of raw acoustic paeans; released a few months later, 2014's 'Futurology' presented a gleaming, panoramic vision of 'Europe Endless'. Following those releases, Manic Street Preachers toured two of their peerless albums - 1994's 'The Holy Bible' and its follow-up, 1996's 'Everything Must Go'. Maybe Wire's pre-Postcards prediction was right; perhaps this was time for the band to fade out gracefully?
One listen to 'International Blue' - the first single from Manic Street Preachers' 13th album, 'Resistance is Futile' - blows that thought out of the water. The single is intensely melodic, supremely confident and driven by an empathetic melancholy. It's the perfect herald for a classic Manics album that's less one last shot at mass communication and much more a record ready made for massive communion.
Unexpectedly lyrically open, 'Resistance is Futile' finds the band working from an emotional palette they are not immediately associated with. From the cascading opening of 'People Give In' to the scattered resonance of 'The Left Behind', the album is very much the work of a band demanding to be heard and joined, at full volume. These are Manic Street Preachers songs written for the stage; songs to be sung against sunsets and shared in full-throated union.
The first Manics album to be recorded at their new Door to the River studio (situated at the head of a valley just outside Newport) with long-term Manics collaborators (producer Dave Eringa and mix engineer Chris Lord-Alge), 'Resistance is Futile' finds the Manic Street Preachers completely reinvigorated, clearly revelling in the change of scenery. The songs play to wide-vistas and open roads, nodding to the band's past (with echoes of 'Generation Terrorists' chaotic ambition of and the unrelenting melodies that run right through 'This Is My Truth ') while drawing a route map for the future.
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.1. People Give In
2. International Blue
3. Distant Colours
5. Dylan & Caitlin
6. Liverpool Revisited
7. Sequels of Forgotten Wars
8. Hold Me Like a Heaven
9. In Eternity
10. Broken Algorithms
11. A Song for the Sadness
12. The Left Behind$22.99Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
The Holy BibleIt's difficult not to look at The Holy Bible as Richey James' last will and testament, yet that only makes the record all the more powerful. A remarkable step forward from the Manic Street Preachers' first two records, The Holy Bible is a tense, harrowing collection of tortured, cryptic declarations of depression -- the diary of anorexia 4st 7lb is one of the most chilling songs in rock & roll. James' lyrics, which are punctuated by Nicky Wire's political tirades, are unflinching in their bleakness. Every song has a passage frightening in its imagery. Although the music itself isn't as scarily intense, its tight, terse hard rock and glam hooks accentuate the paranoia behind the songs, making the lyrics cut deeper.1. Yes
3. Of Walking Abortion
4. She Is Suffering
5. Archives of Pain
7. 4st 7lb
10. This Is Yesterday
11. Die in the Summertime
12. The Intense Humming of Evil
13. P.C.P.$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Till The TombBeaty Heart created Till The Tomb with producers David Wrench [FKA Twigs, Caribou, Jungle] & Dave Eringa
[Manic Street Preachers, Wilko Johnson].
The band members Joshua Mitchell, James Moruzzi & Charlie Rotberg
came together with a genuinely alternative vision for pop that crystallized on their 2014 full-length debut Mixed
Blessings. They began winning over U.S. audiences by touring with the likes of JUNGLE. Now it careens from the
delicate wilting hum of "Flora" to the unshakable title track.1. Flora
2. Raw Gold
4. Till The Tomb
5. Soft Like Clay
6. Good Bunch
7. Green Grease
8. U Say
9. Slide To The Side
10. Death Metal$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sid Vicious may have become the Punk icon, at least Glen Matlock - original bass player for the Sex Pistols could really play, wrote ten out of the twelve songs on the classic Never Mind The Bollocks and he's still alive.
Over the years he has continued to tour and now he is presenting us his new solo album, Born Running. This isn't a Sex Pistols rip-off but a collection of rolling Rockers with a poignant smile similar to Joey Ramone's solo work. Produced by Jim Lowe (of Stereophonics, Foo Fighters, and Manic Street Preachers), whatever Matlock might lack in originality he more than makes up for sincerity.Side One1 Born Running
2 Get What We Get
5 Rock Chick
6 TimebombSide Two1 Hard Work
2 Something Tells Me
4 Yeah Right
5 Way To Go
6 Somewhere Somehow$28.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Blow Your Mind (Pre-Order)Release Date: July 20, 2018*
There are moments when you could be forgiven for thinking you're listening to excerpts from a great lost Dr. Feelgood album from their mid-70s peak. The tales of good love, bad love, uppers and downers are all there, yet there's an energy to them which surely comes from the man and his band being back from the brink, enjoying what they do best.
Wilko's first album of new material in 30+ years. Recorded at Rockfield Studios, where famously Wilko and the Feelgoods parted company back in '77. Guests are Mick Talbot on keyboards and Steve Weston on harmonica, both of whom featured on the last record with Roger Daltrey. Produced by Dave Eringa who also produced Going Back Home (Manic Street Preachers, The Who).
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.1. Beauty
2. Blow Your Mind
4. Tell Me One More Thing
5. That's The Way I Love You
6. Low Down
7. Take It Easy
8. I Love The Way You Do
9. It Don't Have To Give You The Blues
11. Say Goodbye
12. Slamming$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Love Is HereLove Is Here is the debut studio album by indie rock band Starsailor.
Starsailor was already a critic's darling in the band's native England during mid-2001, and the group's painfully melodic debut, Love Is Here, poised the band to rise in the shadows of Doves, Coldplay, and Travis. Starsailor, however, isn't as polished as its counterparts, but that's not to say Love Is Here isn't a beautiful piece of work. It's less lilting than Coldplay's Parachutes, and frontman James Walsh's aching vocals shape his angularity as a singer/songwriter.
Starsailor is a young band, and Love Is Here illustrates the group's sharp intellect inside basic acoustics. Singles such as the passionately violent Alcoholic and melancholic dark hues of Fever touch upon Starsailor's own pop stylings. The band isn't typically jaunty, for the members of Starsailor are a bit cynical. Lyrics reflect battles with self-discovery, independence, and being lovelorn; however, they're matches of a survivor.
Talk Her Down, one of the album's most gnarling tracks, bounces with light psychedelic patterns, and Good Souls is probably Starsailor's closest rock & roll moment. The live soundscape found on Love Is Here sets up the simplistic beauty of this new band. They didn't go for a grand bombast of crashing guitars and angst-ridden stories similar to Oasis and Manic Street Preachers. They go for something more positive as well -- each song soars with intricate musicianship and melodic lushness. Wigan native Richard Ashcroft would be pleased.1. Tie Up My Hands
2. Poor Misguided Fool
5. Way To Fall
7. She Just Wept
8. Talk Her Down
9. Love Is Here
10. Good Souls
11. Coming Down$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now