Manic Street Preachers' Nicky Wire has described their latest album "Futurology" as one of the band's "most optimistic records."
Speaking to NME, Wire and bandmate James Dean Bradfield discussed the album's inspiration, which came from their time touring Europe.
"We realised that since early '92 we've been touring mainland Europe and we've seen things just change in front of our eyes," explained Bradfield.
He continued: "There are not many things that unite Europe but there are two things. It's a post-war civility and there's a complication whenever you cross a border, whether it's Germany and Austria or England and Wales. There are connections there, whether it be art movements that knew nothing of each other, like post-industrial art movements that weren't connected.
Wire added: "There's an overriding concept behind 'Futurology' which is to express all the inspiration we get from travel, music and art – all those ideas, do that in a positive way. 'Rewind the Film' was a harrowing 45-year-old looking in the mirror, lyrically. 'Futurology' was very much an album of ideas. It's one of our most optimistic records, the idea that any kind of art can transport you to a different universe."
Manic Street Preachers released "Futurology" last week (on July 7). It is their 12th studio album and follows 2013's "Rewind the Film," which featured collaborations with Lucy Rose, Cate Le Bon and more.