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What should I get? I've heard the first album, and "Hometown Unicorn" was good, but the rest didn't live up to my standards. Now what?

Sensory Deprivation (Rahul Kamath), Wednesday, 30 October 2002 20:42 (11 years ago) Permalink

S: 1st 2 eps (if you're a londoner get yourslef down to buy sell exchange in notting hill, i just sold my copies at the weekend; not a very good recommendation but i was strapped for cash). one of them is orange and called 'moog droog' and the other is green and called 'that-welsh-train-station-that-has-a-very-long-name (in space)' i think. they're both very good and worth having as products. also, the welsh one 'mwng' is good, and 'guerilla' may have been the late '90's equivalent to the first pink floyd album. erm, i don't like them much anymore tho' so don't take my word for it.

s magnet, Wednesday, 30 October 2002 20:48 (11 years ago) Permalink

It's been long-established that my tastes are fairly perverse when it comes to bands like this, but I thought Rings Around the World was really quite good, and one of those albums that I actually liked pretty much all the way through (the big hit single excepted, I mean, what the fuck?). I thought Radiator was pretty cool, esp "She's Got Spies". Other days, I think my favourite thing about the band pre-Rings is all of their little cartoon characters, especially on the t-shirts. Huh.

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Wednesday, 30 October 2002 20:52 (11 years ago) Permalink

The cartoon characters are around, just found in different locations. ;-) I loved 'the hit single,' it was like a Love Boat theme song for hatred.

So yeah, great great band -- I think they haven't made a bad album yet and they've had some just killer singles over the year. However, having seen them twice this year (Arthur -- don't ask but I somehow got into the show earlier this month by the skin of the teeth!), I think they should pull a Steely Dan/XTC and quit the road. Both shows were solid without being flat out truly wonderful, and nobody in the band seemed really thrilled, and a lot of the detail in their songs is either lost or a bit crushed live. But maybe they just need to shake things up a bit in general!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 30 October 2002 21:04 (11 years ago) Permalink

I like pretty much everything they've done - the great pop-rock band of the last few years IMHO. I like the live shows as well, although they are RUBBISH at choosing setlists, and therefore some are better than others.

Search - The Man Don't Give A Fuck, Mountain People, Run Christian Run, Gathering Moss, Play It Cool, Smoking, Ice Hockey Hair, Juxtaposed With U, a lot of Mwng, Some Things Come From Nothing, Bad Behaviour, God Show Me Magic, hell, most of them.

Destroy - The first song on Mwng, Shoot Doris Day, Fire In My Heart, Wherever I Lay My Phone (That's My Home), the drum'n'bass one on Guerilla.

Matt DC (Matt DC), Wednesday, 30 October 2002 21:14 (11 years ago) Permalink

Sensory Deprivation, you have the most apposite pseudonym if "God! Show Me Magic", "Something For The Weekend" and "Gathering Moss", not to mention the entire rest of the album don't come up to scratch.

If you can't get to Notting Hill, some of the rare early stuff is on Out Spaced, which works very well as an album as compilations go.

Anyway,
Search: "Hermann Loves Pauline" and "Ice Hockey Hair", at least. Come on, people, your life will not be complete if you fail to heed this advice. Everything else they've ever done.
Destroy: Oh alright, "The Man Don't Give A Fuck". You're not having anything else, though, this band is one of the greats.

Mike (mratford), Wednesday, 30 October 2002 21:19 (11 years ago) Permalink

have you heard the secret track on guerilla btw? the one where you have to re-wind the cd FROM track 1? that should've been the album's centre point. i agree matt, most of their wack songs are attempts at dance music, even tho' they're all generally into dance music opposed to trying to be hip/ironic. (i believe Cian Ciaran releases gabba records on Ankst or some such). some of their early stuff sounds alot like Chrome. man this thread has A. made me regret selling all the sfa records i owned and B. destroyed my (self percieved) playa image.
some of their b-sides are stunning, check (someone will have to guess the titles for me) the one about glow in the dark sharks (???) on the back of 'something for the weekend', 'calimero'... well alot of the early b-sides were great but in welsh so i won't embarrass myself by trying to name them. i suggest you DEFFO search everything up to 'Radiator', whence they came more like wings than sparks.

s magnet, Wednesday, 30 October 2002 21:29 (11 years ago) Permalink

in fact i'd say they're the best b-sides band evah... not that that's a particularly helpful description.

s magnet, Wednesday, 30 October 2002 21:35 (11 years ago) Permalink

Both shows were solid without being flat out truly wonderful, and nobody in the band seemed really thrilled, and a lot of the detail in their songs is either lost or a bit crushed live.

What the...? First time I've heard anybody dissatisfied with a SFA gig; let alone two. The detail was "a bit crushed live"? Those guys are meticulous about every last utterance and effect...

Their 2002 US tour was glorious... even if it was toned down from their UK set.

Perplexed Root, Wednesday, 30 October 2002 22:17 (11 years ago) Permalink

saw them twice on this tour, as well -- once was bliss, once was muddy and poor. Could be the acoustics in the venues that did it (they played at two diff. places).

scott pl. (scott pl.), Wednesday, 30 October 2002 22:39 (11 years ago) Permalink

If you were at the LA shows, then we can argue the point. ;-) And at both LA shows, the performances were good but not enthusiastic, the recreations of the songs so straightforward to the point that I could have just put the DVD on and watched that most of the time -- and with the muddy sound at the El Rey in particular, details WERE lost, trust me. They just didn't seem all that thrilled to be there both times, nearly six months apart, and while I can easily ascribe that to being in LA, board semi-regular donut bitch in Seattle described similar vibes up there (and he's as much a fan as I).

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 30 October 2002 22:41 (11 years ago) Permalink

Destroy - The first song on Mwng, Shoot Doris Day, Fire In My Heart, Wherever I Lay My Phone (That's My Home), the drum'n'bass one on Guerilla.

They're all among my favourite SFA songs! Well, I can live without FIMH but the rest of 'em fock, esp WILMP(TMH). So there.

Charlie (Charlie), Wednesday, 30 October 2002 22:51 (11 years ago) Permalink

Ice Hockey Hair! What a fucking tune!

welsh nutta, Wednesday, 30 October 2002 23:17 (11 years ago) Permalink

I love FIMH! There's something wrong with me. Rings Around The World was a bit of a let down for me, especially after the tour-de-fource that was Guerrilla. Which I regularly see being thrown out for like a dollar in some stores. (Buy it, you imbeciles!)

Search: The Turning Tide, Receptacle For The Respectable, It's Not The End Of The World, Northern Lites, Some Things Come From Nothing, Ice Hockey Hair, God Show Me Magic!, and ooh.. lots more.

Destroy: International Language Of Screaming, Alternate Route To Vulcan Street.

edward o (edwardo), Wednesday, 30 October 2002 23:42 (11 years ago) Permalink

Ned's right, that was my experience at the El Rey, too. I seem to only catch them on off nights.

Arthur (Arthur), Wednesday, 30 October 2002 23:50 (11 years ago) Permalink

"Radiator" is the only one I can play in its entirety, over a long period of time. Get "Radiator" next, for sure. There's a smattering of great songs on all their other albums, but they also have a handful of meandering, half-assed, quirky in-joke numbers that grate pretty quickly. The highlights on "Guerrilla" and "Rings..." are SUPERB, so if you dig Radiator, you should check em out. I always think of them as a great band, and a Super Furries Best Of would be a breathtaking album, but I don't think they've delivered on their potential over the course of an album yet.

Great Furries Songs - Play it Cool, Northern Lites, The Turning Tide, Something For the Weekend, It's not the End of the World, Download, and many more.

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Thursday, 31 October 2002 00:20 (11 years ago) Permalink

my fave is geurilla. i like all of the records but my least fave is mwng mainly because i can't sing along and it gets kinda folk-proggy at some points. the ballads on the last album are a bit ponderous and dull.
i agree with ned's live synopsis, the fact that ciaran had his little machine that could reproduce strnags and horns and everything else with a touch of a button made it seem like a jesus jones concert. and then when they went through the sitting down dirge phase of 'presidential suite', 'no sympathy', 'run christian run' they nearly put everyone in the theater to sleep.

keith (keithmcl), Thursday, 31 October 2002 01:48 (11 years ago) Permalink

Well, from accounts of a uber Super Furries fan who traveled up the west coast to see all the shows, she said the Seattle show I saw that tour was the best. And it was a fun time... the sound was just fine, and they played more songs than any other set of that wing of the tour.

Overall though, I think SFA just seem uncomfortable playing live in general. One of the things they're afraid to try, IMHO, is to make the live shows more raw, stripped down, and lacking all the colors, characters, and video/tech hoopla. Everyone agrees that their best moments live were the songs they added to the set last minute without any video accompaniment.

I had a chance to see them a few weeks ago, but I turned it down, because I figured it would be the same thing... and, as Ned hinted, it was.

Maybe SFA should just pull an XTC.

donut bitch (donut), Thursday, 31 October 2002 01:57 (11 years ago) Permalink

I like pretty much everything they've done, although I found Mwng a bit boring apart from the ace Ysbeidiau Heulog (Welsh people may now laugh at my spelling) and I haven't actually heard the last album. However, if you don't like the first album, not even God! Show Me Magic, I'm not sure there's much else that could win you over.

Rebecca (reb), Thursday, 31 October 2002 02:15 (11 years ago) Permalink

I don't know. I'm more pleased by the later stuff than the earlier stuff. With the exception of "God! Show Me Magic" and a few others, I don't really enjoy "Fuzzy Logic" anymore, but "Rings" and "Guerrilla" are still ace ace ace!

donut bitch (donut), Thursday, 31 October 2002 02:56 (11 years ago) Permalink

will probably post more but basically if you only own one album it has to be mwng...

robin (robin), Thursday, 31 October 2002 04:29 (11 years ago) Permalink

SFA simply rule live !!! You can't blame a band for bad acoustics at any given performance.

End of fucking story.

Back to the crux of the thread, pick up Radiator and Rings Around the World, and you're in a world of musical joy.

Tim D, Thursday, 31 October 2002 06:09 (11 years ago) Permalink

I've generally found their gigs to be pretty damn great. Especially the time at Glastonbury that some nutter drove a landrover at great speed into the crowd until he was forced to stop and then people climbed all over it and started dancing on the roof till the driver got out and starting hitting them.

And of course they palyed Mountain People and the Man Don't Give A Fuck. I'm not sure there's any of their albums I don't like. Definitly some less fine moments on all of them but basically all good. Possibly they'll release a Greatest hits album that will be really great.

tigerclawskank, Thursday, 31 October 2002 10:51 (11 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...
Search: anyone who might want to buy a ticket for Thursday's London show - a mate of mine has (i think) three spares going for face value.

Destroy: you don't want me to destroy you, surely?

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Wednesday, 7 April 2004 17:11 (10 years ago) Permalink

Search:
MWNG has some great songs, but it's not representative of the bands sound.
RADIATOR and GUERILLA are sheer mad fun, though, very boffo cool.
Buy today, kids.

Destroy:
I can't bring to mind a single rubbish SFA song. But FUZZY LOGIC
and RINGS AROUND THE WORLD must have a few.

Squirrel_Police (Squirrel_Police), Thursday, 8 April 2004 02:45 (10 years ago) Permalink

Search: Everything really, but I think newbies are best served to go backwards - start with the warm, inviting PP, then the slicker-but-harsher Rings, and to the techno'ed-out Guerilla (or the odd but lovely Mwng, I can't remember which is more recent), and so forth. A wonderfully consistent discography, and they'll have a smashing singles comp someday.

Destroy: Actually, by now I don't think much of "The Man Don't Give a Fuck", although I'm sure it's a headbanger at live shows.

Simon H., Thursday, 8 April 2004 03:04 (10 years ago) Permalink

SEARCH: everything
DESTROY: nothing

Absolutely one of the greatest bands of all time.

Mr. Snrub (Mr. Snrub), Thursday, 8 April 2004 04:11 (10 years ago) Permalink

Search: "Arnofio/Glo In The Dark" & "Focus Pocus/Debiel" from Outspaced (basically anything with a forward slash in the title must be a winner) -- but really you can't go wrong with anything they've ever released.

Destroy: absolutely nothing. Mr Snrub OTM.

the impossible shortest special path! (the impossible shortest specia), Thursday, 8 April 2004 08:16 (10 years ago) Permalink

As time goes by, it becomes more and more clear that they peaked with Guerilla and will not rescale that mountain.
Guerilla = A+ classic however, so Search that as if your life depended on it.

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Thursday, 8 April 2004 08:20 (10 years ago) Permalink

But even now the new material still blows away a sizable proportion of other (non-SFA) stuff out there...

the impossible shortest special path! (the impossible shortest specia), Thursday, 8 April 2004 08:22 (10 years ago) Permalink

I saw them on Friday and they were pretty fine. It was a bit weird watching them in a half-full venue in their manor (although it's like twice the size of most of the other places they play) but I think and hope it means they've filtered out all the dickheads who just tag along because they're Welsh and therefore have to be good. Played a lot of stuff off the second album, if that appeals to you. *looks up* Ah yes.

Turn up early for Zabrinski as well, they're a good band and good guys.

DJ Mencap (DJ Mencap), Thursday, 8 April 2004 08:25 (10 years ago) Permalink

So anyway, back to my original question: anybody wanna buy some tickets for tonight's London show? My mate's been left in the shit and has four tickets for sale at face value (about £15-£18 I'd guess). Mail offlist if you want 'em. End of message.

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Thursday, 8 April 2004 08:26 (10 years ago) Permalink

Talking about 'hidden tracks':

One of the LPs has a seven inch single hidden in the gatefold front sleeve part. This contains a 'lock groove' the contents of which I don't know.

mark grout (mark grout), Thursday, 8 April 2004 08:53 (10 years ago) Permalink

SFA are one of the greatest and most consistent bands!
they rock

Mr Monket (apn99), Thursday, 8 April 2004 10:21 (10 years ago) Permalink

Destroy: Actually, by now I don't think much of "The Man Don't Give a Fuck", although I'm sure it's a headbanger at live shows.

I first heard "The Man Don't Give a Fuck" live, actually. They had a video synced to it, too, with Lenin and Stalin inciting crowds. It FUCKING SMOKED.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Thursday, 8 April 2004 13:27 (10 years ago) Permalink

5 months pass...
I was listening to Guerilla again (which is all I have apart from Outspaced which I never really got into but then didn't give much a chance either), and what always surprises me is how dedicated the band seems/seemed to be to their ethos of sonic pluralism. Like, how the bassline in "Night Vision" actually sounds like it comes from some contemporaneous techstep track.

What gets in the way of it being utterly perfect for me is that there's a certain jokiness about the songs which feels like it's trying to be both earnest *and* an escape clause, like if it's straight earnest then the post-Britpop crowd would become suspicious (this especially marrs the otherwise great "Wherever I Lay My Phone...". Which is a shame because I can sort of see the band gesturing towards A.R. Kane I territory at times, and the moments I love are those which just sound too emotional, cracking with big big feelings ("Turning Tide", "Northern Lites"). But the sonic largesse and the emotional largesse don't seem to co-incide all that often.

I have a feeling I might like Mwyng. What would people suggest?

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Saturday, 11 September 2004 23:55 (9 years ago) Permalink

i think i have the opposite reaction, when they get all ponderous on things like 'no sympathy' for me then they generally lose their appeal. gruff's bright, surely, but he's not particularly insightful into politics or any of the heavier issues, better to have his comic take like on a song like 'hermann loves pauline' or 'hanging out with howard marks' than to have to listen to his overly sincere literal side. 'wherever i lay my phone...' is nicely incoherent though, maybe for me this is their ideal space, less focused jokes, more random thoughts, random noises.

keith m (keithmcl), Sunday, 12 September 2004 00:14 (9 years ago) Permalink

Tim, I think you helped me put a finger on the precise deficiencies of "Rings Around the World". Besides the fact that they tried to make "Guerilla Pt. 2" (trying to make the same album again, only better, is rarely a good idea, IMO), the emotional moments weren't very emotional. Big epics like "Run Xtian Run" should have carried a big weight, but didn't. It still felt like it was part of a big joke they were trying to tell, and I never felt that way with things like "Turning Tide" or "Fire in My Heart" from "Guerilla".

"Mwng", of course, is their no-frills album. Almost none of the sonic largesse that's in abundance on their previous albums. Relative to their other work, it's always sounded flat to me. So much of the fun of SFA is hearing them effortlessly morph a ballad into a techno track.

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Sunday, 12 September 2004 00:26 (9 years ago) Permalink

that there's a certain jokiness about the songs which feels like it's trying to be both earnest *and* an escape clause

I think you have also just described the Orb! (Simon Reynolds I think said something similar about them back in 1993.)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 12 September 2004 00:49 (9 years ago) Permalink

Barry's description about the lack of largesse holds re: Mwng, but I'm quite fond of it. Nothing on it quite has the perfect hit of "Torra Fy Ngwallt Yn Hir" from Radiator, though.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 12 September 2004 00:51 (9 years ago) Permalink

I should note that for me jokiness and giddiness are not synonymous. I love the slightly humorous, unhinged quality to stuff like "Turning Tide" and wouldn't want the band to be more "serious" than that really.

Ned would i like Radiator do you think?

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Sunday, 12 September 2004 03:57 (9 years ago) Permalink

I think so! It's a very good album, has a good balance of the dreamy and frenetic and reflective, and is probably the one I've listened to the most out of all them, and there's enough odd stuff going on in the corners which matches with that note about being contemporaneous without forcing it. It was a sophomore album that didn't just repeat the debut, always a good sign.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 12 September 2004 04:00 (9 years ago) Permalink

I'd forgotten just how awesome "Keep The Cosmic Trigger Happy" is. I think whenever I look at the title it annoys me so I convince myself I don't like the song itself.

Wow I'm so indie at the moment!

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Monday, 13 September 2004 12:50 (9 years ago) Permalink

Wow I'm so indie at the moment!

should write about some of it on skykicking

Michael B, Monday, 13 September 2004 13:00 (9 years ago) Permalink

but Michael then I'd be competing with the rest of the interweb! And Seth from the O.C! No way could I stand the pressure.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Monday, 13 September 2004 13:09 (9 years ago) Permalink

Search as if your life depends on it: Mwng
Search: Radiator & Phantom Power
Destroy: Rings Around The World

Also check out the newly released Am Byth by Ffa Coffi Pawb. Pre-SFA band with Gruff and Daf. Catchy tunes and well worth purchasing. It reveals that Gruff had an unnatural Jesus & Mary Chain obsession tho...

Molly Mc Butter, Monday, 13 September 2004 15:14 (9 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I was looking for that Ffa Coffi Pawb release myself...

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 13 September 2004 15:16 (9 years ago) Permalink

Good old Placid Casual distribution never makes it easy do they? I looked around for it and couldn't find it so I ordered it off Anskt and it came in 2 days. However I did see loads of copies at HMV on Oxford St. Hope you find it, it's a fun album to listen to.

Molly McButter, Monday, 13 September 2004 15:36 (9 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...
they are probably one of my favourite bands but i'm kinda bored of the way they always end their shows with TMDGAF, how long have they been doing that for now? it's something like 6 years!?!?

SEARCH: EVERYTHING
DESTROY: TMDGAF Live single

Louie Strychnine, Thursday, 23 December 2004 16:15 (9 years ago) Permalink

I really love them and at one point not too long ago had everything they'd ever released, including singles. They are excellent all round but a great track, probably my favourite of their's, that's not been mentioned is "Chupacabras". Insanely daft lyrics about a killer bat and then a chorus in what i think is Spanish which i don't understand. Very silly stuff but that's almost their forte.

Nick H (Nick H), Thursday, 23 December 2004 22:22 (9 years ago) Permalink

Search: Everything
Destroy: Nothing

Generally, I would say "Radiator" is their best while "Guerilla" is their least good, but everything is certainly worth checking out.

Geir Hongro, Thursday, 23 December 2004 22:45 (9 years ago) Permalink

S: almost everything
D: there are one or two too long tracks both on "Rings Around The World" and on "Phantom Power".

Fuzzy Logic is their best, one of the greatest albums of the 90s IMHO. The least good is... well, Phantom Power. still good, but not that perfect as the earlier ones.

zeus, Thursday, 23 December 2004 23:03 (9 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...
Yeah, I was looking for that Ffa Coffi Pawb release myself...

And I found it used randomly last night, so rah. Like Molly said upthread, MAJOR Jesus and Mary Chain jones, but I like what they did with it, and the various other touches into demi-psych and poppier harmonies are nice too.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 18 March 2006 18:51 (8 years ago) Permalink

I like the Beach Boys harmonizing on a couple of the Ffa Coffi Pawb tracks. The songs don't sound much like anything other than the first two SFA EP's, but they're pretty decent.

enjoy bell woods, Saturday, 18 March 2006 21:12 (8 years ago) Permalink

Oh, also.

Search: everything other than...
Destroy: Love Kraft. Really mediocre album that is the complete opposite of everything the press release states. I don't know what the hell they were doing.

enjoybellwoods, Saturday, 18 March 2006 21:16 (8 years ago) Permalink

5 years pass...

Definitely search: Radiator, Guerrilla, Mwng, Phantom Power, Hey Venus! (all of these albums, to me, are pretty much perfect)

Of the rest...

FUZZY LOGIC (1996)
Destroy: 'Long Gone' (one of the worst album tracks the Super Furry Animals ever did, in my opinion), and 'Bad Behaviour' (which goes on far longer than it needs to), but definitely keep everything else. This is probably the one SFA album that is most 'tied down' to the time in which it was released. Listening to this album evokes a bygone age when Oasis were the biggest band in the UK, and Blur were still writing songs about houses in the country. However, it does have a certain naive energy to it that other SFA albums don't have.

RINGS AROUND THE WORLD (2001)
A very good effort, although I've always found this album to be an album of "two halves". The first half (up until 'A Touch Sensitive') features all of Super Furry Animals' usual pop goodness, whereas the second half is much more ponderous and takes time to grow. Aside from this, I can't fault it - but despite words like "ambition", "scope" and "invention" that get thrown around whenever this album is discussed, I simply can't bring myself to call it one of Super Furry Animals best. I personally wouldn't destroy anything from the record, but don't expect 'Shoot Doris Day' or 'No Sympathy' to rock your world right away.

LOVE KRAFT
Much, much better than people generally give it credit for - some of Super Furry Animals most accomplished music is on this record, and it's absolutely perfect for headphone listening. It's not an album that smacks one in the face with pop gems, rather a sonic experience that you have to let unfold at a leisurely pace. 'Lazer Beam' is the sole one that I would destroy from this album: definitely Super Furry Animals worst ever single, and certainly one of Super Furry Animals worst ever album tracks.

DARK DAYS/LIGHT YEARS
A disappointment. While Super Furry Animals have put out tracks developed from rehearsal room jams and grooves on B-sides over the years, here they attempt a whole album of them - and although this gives the album a 'concept', for want of a better term, it leads to a very hit and miss experience. For this album -

Search: Crazy Naked Girls, Inconvenience, The Very Best Of Neil Diamond, Helium Hearts, White Socks/Flip Flops, Pric.

Destroy: Mt. (they've done this kind of glam stomper before, and much better), Moped Eyes (a track developed out of a jokey studio jam, and one which should have remained on the cutting-room floor), Inaugural Trams (which tries to regain the "sense of fun" of Guerrilla but falls flat due to its forced subject matter and embarrassing German rap).

Of the rest: 'Where Do You Wanna Go?/Lliwiau Llachar' is SFA-by-numbers, and although enjoyable, isn't really essential either.

Turrican, Wednesday, 7 September 2011 05:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

6 months pass...

okay, so "Gathering Moss" has been stuck in my head for months (actually, just like 5-6 seconds of it), I've been dreaming about this damn song, and until just now I hadn't identified it. I heard the guy's voice so clearly in my head, but thought it was Ray Davies, or the Beatles, or who knows what. Never listened to Fuzzy Logic much so maybe that's why. But it's like, a burden has been lifted. I feel free again!

Estimate the percent chance that a whale has ever been to the moon? (frogbs), Thursday, 29 March 2012 13:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

New Cian tune: http://soundcloud.com/strangetown-records/martina-franca

Really damn good.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 1 June 2012 13:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

A little bit of an improvement over the other Cian tracks I've heard, but still not my cup of tea. Sounds like a semi-cover of 'Heroes & Villains' as played by a Blackpool Pleasure Beach house band. Really fucking corny.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Friday, 1 June 2012 13:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

What made the sun go out in your heart?

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 1 June 2012 13:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

6 months pass...

You ever listen to the album, Jupiter 8? What'd you think? Dross, mediocre... a sleeper surprise?

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 26 December 2012 17:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

Will they ever return?

Mark G, Thursday, 27 December 2012 15:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yes, but right now we have...

https://soundcloud.com/kdhx/sets/gruff-rhys-live-at-kdhx-8-12 (bunch of new songs for another documentary.

Hopefully none of this stuff keeps them occupied for too long... :\

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 27 December 2012 19:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

New song by The Earth (Daf the drummer and Mark Roberts from Catatonia):

http://theearth.amazingtunes.com/tunes/162403

Sounds nothing like SFA--that's for sure.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 4 February 2013 15:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

Apparently we can expect a new Neon Neon record.

Simon H., Monday, 4 February 2013 16:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

Oh yes.

Posted about it elsewhere...

http://vimeo.com/58047877

Asia Argento and Sabrina Salerno on vocals...Josh Klinghoffer & a couple of his cohorts backing Gruff & Boom Bip. Arguably more interesting concept than last time. No signs of hip hop this time. Could be a good one.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 4 February 2013 16:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

They're not "on vocals." They're doing backing vocals or duets or whatever. I think Cate Le Bon's on there again as well.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 4 February 2013 16:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

5 months pass...

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/cianciaran?utm_campaign=project5086&utm_medium=activity&utm_source=facebook

If the last one was a so called ‘love songs’ album then I guess this is my protest album. It’s about shouting up, exercising your voice, being pissed off and urging people not to take any more shit. The elite continue to exploit, politicians continue to misrepresent whilst the media continue to manipulate and bankers, well we all know what rhymes with bankers! It’s time we face the consequences of our actions, we are all responsible.

I’ve teamed up with PledgeMusic to offer you a number of exclusive, rare goodies and VIP experiences. No matter what you’re pledge, you will automatically receive a download of the album plus exclusive content direct from me. I will post videos, MP3s, blogs and possibly even a sneak preview of the album, so you can watch my progress and be part of the story. No money will be debited from your bank account until I reach 100% of my target.

A percentage of the proceeds will also go to https://www.coolearth.org a charity that works with local communities to secure rainforests at risk of being destroyed within the next 18 months.

I hope you can join me. There’s strength in numbers!

In Solidarity.

Cian Ciarán.

Went for the triple vinyl

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 17 July 2013 21:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

how have i never posted in this thread before? i must have posted in all the other SFA threads.

Bee OK, Thursday, 18 July 2013 01:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

here is the thread i thought was going to be this one: Super Furriest album poll

Bee OK, Thursday, 18 July 2013 01:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

New Gulp single: https://soundcloud.com/e-l-k-1/sets/play-ep/likes

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 23 July 2013 15:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

SFA or Incubus?

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 25 July 2013 15:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

WHOA! This actually rules!

I wanna live like C'MOWN! people (Turrican), Thursday, 25 July 2013 15:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

I mean, when I found out that Cian was doing a louder, more guitar-based album, I really didn't have any idea that it was going to sound anything like '5c Cotton 40c Beef', so that's a huge, and VERY pleasant surprise.

I wanna live like C'MOWN! people (Turrican), Thursday, 25 July 2013 15:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

'43,000,000' is like stoner rock, but done in a much, much less cartoonish way than SFA did it on 'Crazy Naked Girls'. I have a feeling I'm going to play the shit out of this record when it finally comes out. To say I'm preferring what I'm hearing here to Outside In is a huge understatement.

I wanna live like C'MOWN! people (Turrican), Thursday, 25 July 2013 15:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

I think if anyone in the band will make SFA's sound vital again, it's Cian. He seems like he's at least pushing his own boundaries lately.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 25 July 2013 16:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

The thing that blows my mind about it (the first two tracks especially), is that Cian has given no prior indication that he has this sound in him (like, it was Bunf that was responsible for 'Crazy Naked Girls' etc.) - It's not the techno he does with the Acid Casuals and SFA, and it's not the lush orchestral ballad-type stuff he's been known for recently. It's a guitar based record from someone who isn't really noted in SFA for playing much guitar, and from what I've heard, he seems to be doing it a lot better than I ever thought he would.

I wanna live like C'MOWN! people (Turrican), Thursday, 25 July 2013 16:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

From what I understand, he played all the instruments on the album as well. So if that's the case, he's a really good drummer as well!

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 25 July 2013 16:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

He's already overshot his goal with over a month to go. I'm actually kind of shocked that many people know about who he is and care enough to pledge a significant amount of money. Maybe SFA should consider going this route when/if they release a new album. It's a pretty awesome way to interact with fans.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 26 July 2013 12:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

It'd be a great way of making enough cash to make a really mental record, too.

I wanna live like C'MOWN! people (Turrican), Friday, 26 July 2013 13:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

Am I crazy or is there always some kind of voice hidden deep within the bass on all of Cian's songs?

afriendlypioneer, Saturday, 27 July 2013 13:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yes. It's saying, "Gruuuuuuff suuuuuucks."

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 27 July 2013 14:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

Just listen...

afriendlypioneer, Saturday, 27 July 2013 15:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

Start really hearing it around 2:10.

it's Cian's demonic twin

afriendlypioneer, Saturday, 27 July 2013 15:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

It's just a low octave voice that Cian uses to thicken his voice out.

I wanna live like C'MOWN! people (Turrican), Saturday, 27 July 2013 16:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1jismq/i_am_cian_ciaran_ama/

On his fav. SFA albums:

cianciaran [+19][S] 4 points 2 days ago (5|1)
mainstream ? hmm, not sure . lovekraft , or phantom power , or maybe fuzzylogic , could be radiator but then again I quite like mwng and rings too, the last one was good .....
what is this deep voice you speak of ?

No Guerrilla?? Love Kraft first to mind?? Scandalous.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 5 August 2013 14:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Kind of a people-pleasing routine SFA tune, but still nice for a short single:

http://rocksucker.co.uk/2013/08/interview-cian-ciaran.html?utm_campaign=twitter&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitter

He did this new one completely by himself, even the drums.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 21 August 2013 14:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

http://ampleplay.tumblr.com/post/47713427550/cian-ciaran-sleepless-nights-mpfree-a-free-mp3-when

Another one from an EP Ample Play is releasing soon.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 23 August 2013 23:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

The reviews are now coming in: http://rocksucker.co.uk/2013/08/review-cian-ciaran-they-are-nothing-without-us.html

Sounds positively delightful.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 26 August 2013 14:37 (1 year ago) Permalink

Oh man, they're really going for it with the Strangetown label. This definitely sounds like a Cian Ciaran production: https://soundcloud.com/strangetown-records/sets/baby-queens

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 30 August 2013 15:12 (1 year ago) Permalink

One week left to pledge/release. He's at 236 pledges.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 2 September 2013 18:32 (11 months ago) Permalink

Cian's pledge ends tonight. You still have six hours left to get your pledge in if you want to listen to the album two weeks before it's released. MP3s go out tonight once it's over.

http://pledgemusic.com/projects/cianciaran

afriendlypioneer, Sunday, 8 September 2013 17:16 (11 months ago) Permalink

The Sewn Up EP: https://soundcloud.com/strangetown-records/sets/cian-ciaran-tanwu

Gulp vid:

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 17 September 2013 18:11 (11 months ago) Permalink

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 17 September 2013 18:12 (11 months ago) Permalink

6 months pass...

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 14 April 2014 16:14 (4 months ago) Permalink


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