‘People Give In’ is the opening track from the Manic Street Preachers’ top five album, Resistance Is Futile, and has just been released, accompanied by a video showing some of the highlights of their touring over 2018.
The band have also been announced to play the Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park show in London on 9th September, as well as headlining The Levellers’ Beautiful Days festival this month.
Since the release of the first single, ‘International Blue’, from their 13th album at the end of 2017, the band have been relentlessly playing and promoting the album. They played their own headlining arena tour in April and May, performed in Europe with Guns N’ Roses, were chosen by The Cure’s Robert Smith to play Meltdown Festival in London’s Southbank, and appeared at the Isle of Wight Festival.
Of ‘People Give In’ Nicky Wire described it as, “One of the most open lyrics I’ve ever written. I wouldn’t exactly call it a rallying cry, it’s more about the idea that at least 80% of life is just really mundane so why don’t we all just lower our expectations and try to get to the other side as painlessly as possible.
“We’re all looking for universal panaceas all the time – if we expected a little less, we’d probably be happier. The chorus is: ‘There is no theory of everything / No immaculate conception, no crime to forgive’. If you can’t do any good, do no harm – that’s my fucking motto!”