“International Blue” is the first new release from MANIC STREET PREACHERS taken from the band’s thirteenth studio album RESISTANCE IS FUTILE out on Shornday/The Orchard on 13 April, 2018 in standard CD format, deluxe CD, cassette and vinyl.
Nicky Wire’s thoughts on the song: “I’d been digesting the lyric for five years, since being in Nice and finally joining the dots between Yves Klein’s International Klein Blue and the vast open blue of the Mediterranean Sea. It was a moment of connection that felt perfectly natural – not forced or intellectualized. A different kind of enrichment that feels increasingly difficult to find. The track itself is carried by the kind of naïve energy that powered ‘Motorcycle Emptiness'”.
Resistance Is Futile heralds a return to a classic Manics sound described by the band as “widescreen melancholia”.
The band head out on tour in the UK to promote the album and play their biggest shows in a decade. During April and May 2018 the band will play in Newcastle, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, Llandudno, Leeds, London and Cardiff. They will also be playing several festivals including Robert Smith’s Meltdown and will play with Guns ‘n’ Roses at shows in Germany and Denmark.