Initially a quartet, this magnificent Welsh alt-rock band’s metal/punk/post-grunge sound allied to lyrics of political and personal rebellion (provided by guitarist Richey Edwards) quickly gained a cult following in the UK in the early 90s. Championed by the British music press, especially the NME, its visceral 1994 album The Holy Bible (now a classic) proved a high-point, but the group suffered a setback in 1995 when Edwards, whose increasingly unpredictable behaviour had troubled his bandmates, checked out of a London rehab program and disappeared. In 2008 Edwards was officially ‘presumed dead’, although his body hasn’t been recovered. The Manics trooped on as a three-piece, smoothing out its sound on subsequent releases until 2009’s Journal For Plague Lovers (featuring unused Edwards lyrics and Steve Albini production), the group’s most vital, raw release in years.
Followers: Arctic Monkeys, Kid British
Influenced By: The Clash, Slade, Guns N’ Roses, Public Enemy...