‘KNOW YOUR ENEMY’ REMIXED, RECONSTRUCTED AND RE-ISSUED AS TWO SEPARATE ALBUMS AS ORIGINALLY INTENDED. RELEASED 9TH SEPEMBER VIA SONY
Today, Manic Street Preachers have made available a brand new track recorded at the time of their sixth studio album ‘Know Your Enemy‘. ‘Studies in Paralysis‘ was recorded at Miloco Studios in London but left off the original 2001 release. It has remained unearthed until now and is available on the entirely remixed and reconstructed re-issue of the record available on 9th September on Sony Records. The song, which Nicky Wire incorrectly remembered as being released as a b-side to one of the album’s four singles, is a red raw rock’n’roll song with a none-more-classic Manics title celebrating the blankness and inertia that comes with the loss of belief. Another lost track ‘Rosebud‘ came out last month and was accompanied with a Kieran Evans film
“It started with an email from Wire (it always does!). Would I be up for working on visualising two unheard tracks from the ‘Know Your Enemy’ sessions that were to feature in the beautifully expanded and reworked re-issue of the album? Of course I would! Both ‘Rosebud’ and ‘Studies In Paralysis’ landed an hour later and were stunning and took my breath away. Fuck me…They left these off the original album…what were they thinking???!!!
An hour later, another email landed from him – “I’ll send some DV footage of the Miloco sessions up to you”. But this footage was very different from previous recording sessions he’d filmed. There was a seriousness to everyone’s behaviour and recording performances. There was no frivolity or funny off camera ‘moments’. The atmosphere felt intense, you could feel the pressure they were under.
Cutting this footage to ‘Studies in Paralysis’ was a task. I went through many iterations and edits to get the right “feel” to reflect what is a truly glorious song… Thankfully…I think we definitely got there in the end“.
‘Know Your Enemy’ will be available as two separate albums as originally planned, ‘Solidarity’ and ‘Door To The River’ packaged as a 3 CD bookset, double CD and double album on 9th September 2022.