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Post-punk Maniac Street Preachers have nothing to prove
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Post-punk Maniac Street Preachers have nothing to prove

by Jessica Price - SGN A&E Writer

Manic Street Preachers
September 21
Neumos


As singer guitarist-vocalist James Dean Bradfield of the Manic Street Preachers noted September 21 at Neumos, it has been almost 10 years to the day since they played Seattle on the very same stage (back when the club was a venue called Aro.Space). Their last US tour in 1999 also began in Seattle, but with a bit of a shaky start - a snag at SeaTac meant their equipment arrived only 30 minutes before show time. Returning triumphantly to American shores years later, the Welsh group was greeted with devotion and, thankfully, all gear intact.

It's hard to gauge how dedicated a fanbase the Manics actually have - until, of course, they come out of hiding to fill a room. As the band powered through opening classic "Motorcycle Emptiness," it was apparent that the Manics haven't dropped off anyone's radar at all. In fact, skipping through "the hits" (as Bradfield jokingly refers to them), as well as new material, everyone present seemed to be shouting the words to both equally. "No Surface All Feeling" and scorcher "Peeled Apples," the first track on ninth album Journal For Plague Lovers, kept all eyes riveted to the stage. Longtime fans were going crazy with appreciation. Performing as a five-piece, the three core members - Bradfield, bass player Nicky Wire and drummer Sean Moore - were in top shape and sounded as urgent and gratifying as ever. "Your Love Alone Is Not Enough" was almost a band/audience call and response. Excusing their poor French, "La Tristessa Durera" led perfectly into "Jackie Collins Existential Question Time" from the new record.

Next up, a handful of anthems such as "You Love Us," "Faster," and their trademark cover of "Take the Skinheads Bowling." Downshifting with "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next," Bradfield also tackled mostly acoustic songs "Small Black Flowers" and "This Is Yesterday." Finally, intermixed with other newer material, the Manics broke out crowd-favorites "Motown Junk," "Little Baby Nothing," and closed with "A Design for Life."

As for the new album, produced by Steve Albini and written around the framework of a collection of lyrics left behind by former guitarist Richey Edwards - missing since 1995 and declared legally dead last year - Journal feels like a form of closure for the three members who have carried on. It also stands on its own as one of the best Manics records to date, right up there with The Holy Bible and Everything Must Go. It was a thrill to see Richey's lost lyrics licked into shape and live.

With or without Richey, one of their best traits has always been the ability to squeeze a million tight, intelligent lyrics into the most angular and edgy of post-punk anthems. Seeing them again, I was reminded of the gratitude they always show for their diehard fans and how humorous they are. Numerous self-effacing jokes were made, including a mention of how Richey would have loved Seattle ("all rainy and pretentious - but in a good way"). No band has managed to transcend humble glam-pop manifesto beginnings and unforeseen tragedy only to emerge as one of the most relevant of post-punk bands some 20 years later. At this point in their career, Manic Street Preachers have nothing to prove and nothing to lose. They may be under-appreciated stateside, but those who know them love them for all they're worth.

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