By Damian Jones
The Manics ninth studio album was inspired by former member Richey Edwards
Manic Street Preachers bassist Nicky Wire has revealed the Welsh trio will be heading back into the studio later this year.
The band, who only recently released Journal For Plague Lovers, an album featuring lyrics by former member Richey Edwards, said they are keen to start penning songs again.
"We're planning on writing the next record," Wire said.
"This has been a very rewarding but strange project for us."
He continued: "We just want to get back and do something different again."
Former guitarist Richey Edwards disappeared from the Embassy Hotel at Bayswater Road in London on 1 February 1995.
His car was found abandoned on 17 February, 1995 at a service station near the Severn Bridge.
Last November his parents Graham and Sherry Edwards were granted a court order for him to be declared presumed dead.
"It was a pretty emotional and pretty academic making this album," said Wire of the recording sessions.
"But we rose to the challenge and we just did justice to the amazing intelligence of Richey's words."
The Manics are due to return to T In The Park for a one-off festival appearance this summer, 10 years after they famously trashed the stage and launched a verbal attack on Billy Bragg.
The band got into a public spat with the singer after he criticised them for having a private toilet at Glastonbury.
Nicky Wire said he's not a big fan of playing festivals
"I got banned for swearing and giving away the drum kit to the audience which is amazing considering it's in Scotland," joked Wire.
"I just remember [Manics drummer] Sean [Moore] coming after me going, 'Give me my drum kit back'."
The bassist also admitted that he doesn't particularly enjoy playing festivals.
"I wouldn't go to any festivals, I wouldn't even go to see myself but that's just because I like listening to the radio and watching the television instead," he said.
"I'm just not the gig going type. I wear white jeans and make up, that's not easy to pull off at a festival."