By Desh Kapur
THE MANIC STREET PREACHERS
The Coral – Venue Cymru, Llandudno – North Wales
RESISTANCE IS FUTILE TOUR 1ST MAY 2018
SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW
Due to the Venue Cymru website saying doors were at 8pm, I arrive at the venue, collect my passes only to discover that The Coral were already ¾ of the way through their set and the doors actually opened at 7pm.
Nevertheless, what I managed to catch of the show was tight and sounded as only as The Coral can do; uplifting indie pop tunes with the sweetest melodies and perfect harmonies. In truth, I am a big fan and songs like “Dreaming Of You”, “Pass It On”, “In The Morning” and “Who’s Gonna Find Me” have a special place in my musical heart.
As the stage went black, the noise levels started to rise in anticipation as the screen at the back of the stage started playing a procession of Japanese Samurai inspired images. As the Welsh indie punk rockers walked on stage, the crowd of middle-aged rock and rollers erupted in mass applause.
When the first chords were struck and the screen at the back of the stage flashed quotes from the likes of French philosopher Albert Camus, the band launched into “International Blue” off their new album “Resistance Is Futile”. Following on from this was the classic “Motorcycle Emptiness” from their 1992 debut album “Generation Terrorists”.
Although the two songs just mentioned were written 26 years apart, the Manics have stood the test of time and tonight they played songs old and new, side by side. The classics were all there, “A Design For Life”, “If You Tolerate This”, “You Stole The Sun From My Heart” “The Masses Against The Classes”, “Your Love Alone Is Not Enough”.
In truth, The Manics are a very different band from the one that started out over 22 years ago. The punkiness has gone, the songs are straighter, but the knack for writing great songs with big choruses has never changed. Mixed in with songs of love and heartbreak, The Manics have always had something to say and it always delivered with intellect and perception.
But tonight for me was about celebration. Not just about celebrating an iconic Welsh band but about celebrating an iconic British band, 22 years and 13 albums don’t lie.
THE MANICS – DESIGN FOR LIFE
THE MANICS – MOTORCYCLE EMPTINESS