Watch Manic Street Preachers Nail International Blue In 1 Take

7 July 2018, 16:30 | Updated: 24 August 2018, 14:20

With Welsh trio set to release their thirteenth album, Resistance Is Futile, the band played an amazing session for Gordon Smart - watch it right here.

Manic Street Preachers have returned with what’s, incredibly, their thirteenth album. Over the past three decades, the band have forged a career combining thought-provoking and challenging lyrics with anthemic guitar rock.

The band claim the new album, Resistance Is Futile, is “obsessive melodic” and that the themes this time out are around memory and loss. Lead single International Blue was released at the tail end of 2017 - watch the band play the song in the Radio X session studio above.

Check out another Radio X session version of a new track from Resistance Is Futile - Distant Colours, which James Dean Bradfield says is about the loss of "Old Labour".

Nicky Wire says of International Blue: “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 intellectualised. 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.”

The band also took time to play the fan favourite The Masses Against The Classes, from 2000.

Session audio produced, engineered and mixed by Chris Denman. With thanks to KitMapper.

Manic Street Preachers - Resistance Is Futile track listing:

People Give In

International Blue

Distant Colours


Dylan & Caitlin

Liverpool Revisited

Sequels of Forgotten Wars

Hold Me Like a Heaven

In Eternity

Broken Algorithms

A Song for the Sadness

The Left Behind

Manic Street Preachers Songs