The 20 year-old-footage on Truth & Memory is a window into an extraordinary time in the life of the Manics
Cai Trefor
13:37 16th January 2019

Manic Street Preachers have a new film documenting their This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours days premiering on YouTube at 7pm tomorrow (17 Jan).

Named Truth & Memory, and directed by BAFTA winning Kieran Evans, the film is lo-fi in feel; it is recovered from candid footage that was perhaps never originally intended to be shared outside Manics’ inner circle.

Featuring interviews, live sessions, behind the scenes clips – and so on – Evans describes how he crafted the film:

“It all started on a wintry October day last year with me taking delivery of a plastic bag full of VHS and DV tapes shot by photographer Mitch Ikeda and Wire, a jumble of audio cassettes and mini-discs and a large selection of photos and polaroids.

Noting the spontaneous nature of the footage, the director says: “There was clearly no real plan to what Mitch and Wire shot over this period other than to make a record of those times.”

Essentially a video diary, this sounds like a must watch for fans wanting to get closer to the heart of the band at a time when they were in the midst of the biggest commercial success of their career. It was this album that won a BRIT Award for Best Album and myriad NME awards.

Watch the film here when the link goes live on 17 Jan, 7pm GMT. It is merely the trailer above.

The film release coincides with the announcement Manic Street Preachers will tour in 2019 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the iconic 1998 album. Featuring hits ‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’, 'You Stole The Sun From My Heart’ - and other truly astounding tracks that truly stand the test of time - the LP is a marvel that'll be brilliant to hear live in full.

This Is My Truth was reissued as a special 20th Anniversary edition in December 2018 as a deluxe cd set and double vinyl set.

The release will contains unheard demos and live rehearsal recordings as well as remixes by the likes of Massive Attack, David Holmes and Mogwai.

And here are those Manic Street Preachers headline tour dates are below:

14 - Cambridge, Corn Exchange 
15 - Bath, Forum
17 - London, Shepherds Bush Empire
18 - London, Shepherds Bush Empire
20 - Manchester, Ritz
21 - Manchester, Ritz
23 - Birmingham, Academy 1
24 - Southampton, Guildhall
26 - Edinburgh, Usher Hall
27 - York, Barbican
30 - Liverpool, Olympia
31 - Leicester, De Montford Hall

29 - Cardiff, Cardiff Castle - TICKETS

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