So detached from all we see
It really gets clear with the Indian Summer b-sides that the band got some brand new inspiration to music after the factory line Send Away the Tigers. Heyday of the Blood isn’t a grand b-side standout or anything, I wouldn’t include it in a compilation with a limited track selection, but there’s so much more idea and conviction in this than many of the album tracks. And it’s hilariously backing an A Design for Life re-write.
Heyday’s got a good kicking chorus, call-and-answer parts are always fun and I do like the handclaps. The loud and storming acoustic guitar is a pretty fun addition to the Manics rock song format. It’s perfectly enjoyable and it’s one of the better Send Away the Tigers b-sides but it’s not that huge of a thing in the end. It doesn’t have much of anything really special to it. Lacks the big oomph, the x factor.
So what b-sides tend to be, then. Shame we’re talking about the best b-side band around but still.