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are the disappointing sales going to break SFA up??? How come their album didn't reach top ten after good midweek sales (number 7)

paulx, Thursday, 1 September 2005 14:20 (thirteen years ago) link

Love Kraft just no. 19 in the UK - what the fuck???

Sociah T Azzahole (blueski), Thursday, 1 September 2005 14:22 (thirteen years ago) link

six years pass...

Cian Ciaran, the keyboard player, just released his album this past Monday. As a long-time fan, I am pleased and even a little bit shocked at how good it is. The LP is just as good as Gruff's solo efforts.

Here is the Spotify link: http://open.spotify.com/album/0br5g7CaWyvJnLZUsrdTmg

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 27 July 2012 14:41 (seven years ago) link

seven months pass...

revisiting this after not listening to it since release: https://soundcloud.com/acid-casuals/alto-due-pugnali-e-mezzo

damn good track.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 11 March 2013 19:27 (six years ago) link

Surprisingly, Bunf seems to be the one with the freshest sounding side project: https://soundcloud.com/the-pale-blue-dots

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 13 March 2013 12:41 (six years ago) link

https://soundcloud.com/the-pale-blue-dots/aquarium

Loving this stuff.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 18 March 2013 15:18 (six years ago) link

ten months pass...

They've reunited...

Super Furry Animals may currently be on an extended hiatus, but the Welsh psych rock icons are aiming to be top of the hops with the launch of their own beer.

Produced in conjunction with the Celt Experience Brewery, members of the band will be stirring up a storm when their new beer – named Fuzzy (after their debut album Fuzzy Logic) is unveiled at a special event next month.

Those who love their beers can taste the new brew at the one-night only Fire Festival on Saturday, February 1. Billed as ‘a celebration of innovative craft beer, art and smokey food’, it will be held to celebrate the Celtic Experience’s new village development at its brewery on the Pontygwindy Estate in Caerphilly.

The Festival will include free samples of the brewery’s acclaimed craft beers and a live performance from the Super Furry Animals – a live brewing performance that is.

Gruff, Guto, Cian, Daf and Bunf – who have been pursuing their own projects since they released their last album Dark Days/Light Years in 2009, will put the finishing touches to their own collaborative beer, which will be available in pubs around Wales and chosen outlets in London in March.

Fuzzy Beer, follows the launch of Goldie Lookin’ Ale – a collaborative beer between Welsh rappers Goldie Lookin’ Chain and Newport-based Tiny Rebel Brewery last year.

“We’re making it with our own specially formulated recipe, although I can’t tell you what that is,” laughs Furries keyboard maestro Cian Ciaran.

“Me and Daf (SFA drummer Dafydd Ieuan) met Tom who owns the brewery last year and we all thought it would be a good idea to make our own Furry brew.”

Although the band won’t be playing live, several members of the group will DJ on the night.

to brew a beer. :\

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink-news/welsh-rock-icons-super-furry-6530196

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 24 January 2014 18:58 (five years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHV_6H2hQnM

American Interior is to come in four formats – a 13-song album, to be released on 5 May, which will be Rhys's fourth solo album; a book, described as "a psychedelic historical travelogue in which Gruff traces Evans' incredible journey from North Wales to new Spain, alongside the tale of his own strange American road trip following in Evans's footsteps", which will be published in late May; a film directed by Dylan Goch, documenting Rhys's 2012 tour; and an app consisting of 100 entries telling Evans's story.

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/jan/29/gruff-rhys-new-album-film-book-app

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:24 (five years ago) link

four months pass...

Loving the new Pale Blue Dots song:

https://soundcloud.com/the-pale-blue-dots/slow-reaction

Also got a new Gulp song this past week:

https://soundcloud.com/sonic-cathedral/gulp-seasoned-sun

Not been a bad year for SFA, if you're not looking for an actual SFA album.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 4 June 2014 17:06 (five years ago) link

Shocked, but not displeased, a publisher picked this up:

Rawlins, formerly digital editor of Artrocker, will document the story of the Welsh rock band's rise to iconic status.

The book, acquired by publishers The Friday Project, will tell the story of the band's time signed to Creation Records.

It will also cover their lavish marketing campaigns, which included equipping an army tank with a techno sound system and making plans to convert an aircraft carrier into a nightclub.

Lead singer Gruff Rhys said of the book: "Revolutionary, crazed and beautiful musical events and conversations that originally happened through the medium of a cracked youthful version of the Welsh language in the mid-nineties are presented here for the first time in quality English.

http://www.digitalspy.com/music/news/a577691/super-furry-animals-biography-for-release-in-2015.html#~oHu8lpFCxBKD8T

Also, new song by The Earth. It's really good:

https://soundcloud.com/strangetown-records/3-baby-bones

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 17 June 2014 22:36 (five years ago) link

I had a feeling Ric would get something like this put out eventually, and given his passion and enthusiasm for the band it should be at the very least pretty good. Why he hasn't gone the whole hog and covered their Epic Records/Rough Trade years too is a huge mystery, though.

...and the trees are all kept equal by hatchet, axe and SAW! (Turrican), Tuesday, 17 June 2014 23:09 (five years ago) link

Vol 2

Mark G, Tuesday, 17 June 2014 23:12 (five years ago) link

I just feel like there's, max, a dozen people out there that want to read this story. I'm not complaining, though. I've wanted an SFA book for years.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 17 June 2014 23:25 (five years ago) link

Gruff's book doesn't count.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 17 June 2014 23:26 (five years ago) link

Even though I care the least I probably ever have about this band right now, I'll definitely be still giving this book a read. Partly because I enjoy reading books of this ilk, and partly because I'm interested to see how much depth the book actually goes into. Hopefully I'll learn something new from it, or it'll give me a new perspective on albums and tracks I've played to death in the past. It'll be interesting to see how much it sells, too... I can't help but feel that the perfect time to do something like this would have been around the time of Songbook, and covering the years 1994-2004.

...and the trees are all kept equal by hatchet, axe and SAW! (Turrican), Tuesday, 17 June 2014 23:52 (five years ago) link

It would be annoying to put out the biography and then for them to reform five minutes later

PaulTMA, Wednesday, 18 June 2014 10:22 (five years ago) link

Well, they're technically not broken up... And it seems likely they'll get together sooner than later. So that'll probably happen.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 18 June 2014 14:21 (five years ago) link

I wouldn't be fazed if they never got back together again to make music, and I wouldn't feel much of a loss either. At one point the thought of SFA splitting up would have been incredibly depressing, but I'm really unsure if they've got anything more to give.

...and the trees are all kept equal by hatchet, axe and SAW! (Turrican), Wednesday, 18 June 2014 18:03 (five years ago) link

I don't think they'll ever release an epic album that changes the world, but I think those days are behind any band any of us knows about. Hopefully their time apart has taught them some new tricks. I think it has, but I know you're not really fond of anything they've done since DD/LY.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 18 June 2014 18:34 (five years ago) link

The Friday Project picked up the last two Kristin Hersh album/books, it's not that much of a stretch for them

katherine, Thursday, 19 June 2014 01:56 (five years ago) link

I guess you're right, 'cause I have no idea who that is.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 19 June 2014 13:48 (five years ago) link

I meant Season Sun, the name of their album. Oops.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 1 July 2014 22:48 (five years ago) link

Gulp is officially out. You can listen on Spotify

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 8 July 2014 22:22 (five years ago) link

two months pass...

Got to see Gruff in Manchester a couple weeks ago. It was one of the best live performances I've ever been to, and he was all on his own. The show was equal parts lecture and music performance. I never realized how naturally charming and funny he is.

In other news: https://soundcloud.com/strangetown-records/sets/the-earth-keltic-voodoo-boogaloo

The Earth's second LP is streaming. The Earth is Daf's band. Someone from Catatonia is also in the band. I know people around here hate Catatonia. The Earth's front woman also sings for the band Slowly Rolling Camera. I think this is a pretty decent record. It's a lot better than the first one.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 24 September 2014 14:45 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

https://soundcloud.com/strangetown-records/sets/the-pale-blue-dots-lots-of/s-eSrBc

Bunf's new album is streaming.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 10 October 2014 14:15 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

The Pale Blue Dots' new album is no longer streaming, but some new tracks available for stream. The album comes out next Monday (digital only). The Pale Blue Dots are also in session on Marc Riley tonight:

https://soundcloud.com/strangetown-records/reach-for-the-keys

https://soundcloud.com/strangetown-records/devastation

https://soundcloud.com/strangetown-records/slow-reaction

Some words from a website called Clash Music:

http://www.clashmusic.com/news/track-of-the-day-2110-the-pale-blue-dots

The ongoing hiatus of Super Furry Animals has dulled one of the most potent psych-pop voices around.

Thankfully, it has allowed the various members of the Welsh ensemble to engage in all manner of weird and wonderful projects.

Huw 'Bunf' Bunford is the band's lead guitarist, but recently struck up a friendship with composer Richard Chester.

Swapping ideas, the pair quickly descended into the studio to lay down some of fragments on tap. Piecing the whole thing together, The Pale Blue Dots were born.

Matching psychedelic flourishes against sweeping arrangements, a Bowie strut with lush harmonies, the project's debut album 'Lots Of Dots' is forthcoming.

Bunf says: "This is our Jekyll and Hyde moment. We love pop music, but we also like to lie down, listen to something, and not have to get up to press 'next track' for at least half an hour. The album definitely has a number of songs that could find themselves on the radio, but over the coming months we’re looking to take people on a journey into sound. By distributing found sounds online, and forming new compositions using archive material, The Pale Blue Dots is going to set out to demonstrate the pure pleasure in just listening."

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 27 October 2014 14:48 (four years ago) link

Also, a new Cian Ciaran single came out a couple weeks ago:

https://soundcloud.com/strangetown-records/sets/ciaran-wilding

The first track is a cover of a song by an artist I'd never heard of before. The second track features that artist's vocals. I actually kind of prefer the second track

I get the feeling no one around here cares about this stuff, but I hope someone out there might. I still see the odd "SFA ARE THE BEST BAND EVER" on the internet, so I hope this news reaches someone.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 27 October 2014 14:51 (four years ago) link

Not bad tunes in the Love Kraft vein, but pretty inessential. Damn, I miss this band.

hardcore dilettante, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 01:21 (four years ago) link

Don't think it's happening until Gruff stops making his own albums. Everyone else in the band is recording and producing their albums together.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 02:05 (four years ago) link

Hi! I'm a lurker and a regular visitor to ilxor and this thread in particular. Super Furry Animals were and still are one of my favourite bands ever since I heard Mark Radcliffe play Hometown Unicorn on his late night BBC Radio One show. I can remembering him marvelling at the guitar solo on the song.

I've really enjoyed watching Gruff's solo shows since his first solo record, he's become a really engaging and entertaining performer. I wonder if the band got back together again would the live shows be a lot more interesting than they used to be. I can remember a show on the Phantom Power tour being a bit hard going with too many slow and midpaced songs all in a row.

I'm looking forward to hearing Bunf's record and am hoping that it gets released on vinyl or at least CD, the clips I've heard sound great. From that Clash interview it sounds like they're trying to do something interesting.

calimero, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 17:50 (four years ago) link

ha! i was just subjecting my coworkers to Love Kraft and Hey Venus yesterday!

AKA Thermo Thinwall (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 28 October 2014 18:09 (four years ago) link

Calimero, I agree that Gruff's solo show is a lot better than many of the SFA shows I've been to. Two of his shows were some of the most memorable I've ever been to. The first one was a Candylion show that also featured Tony Da Gatorra. He also had some other guys on stage with him. I'm not sure who they were.

The second one was his totally solo American Interior show. My wife, who has almost zero interest in Gruff or SFA, enjoyed the American Interior show as much as I did. He really refined his act for general consumption. I wish I'd seen him with Y Niwl and Kliph Scurlock backing him, but I still loved it.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 19:51 (four years ago) link

SFA are very stationary and ehearsed and also rely a lot on backing tracks. That's been my issue with their shows in the past. I've still seen a couple really memorable shows. The one where they wore those fiber optic boiler suits was awesome.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 19:52 (four years ago) link

I also saw Gruff on the recent American Interior tour in a church, there was a drum kit and amps behind him which made me think Kliph and Y Niwl would join him at one point. It turned out the gear was for the church band! Despite this disappointment it was a great show, the songs sounded fine without a band, and Gruff was an entertaining and interesting storyteller.

I didn't really appreciate Yr Atal Genhedlaeth until I saw Gruff play a gig for it a few months later and then saw how he builds up the title track. It was interesting to see him play it again, and slightly differently, on this recent tour.

Like your wife, my partner had zero interest in the band, but now loves him after seeing a few of his gigs, the two films and an American Interior q&a. I don't think that would have happened if I'd taken her to a few regular SFA shows!

Gulp and The Earth recently played my town but I will was too lazy to see them, has anyone here seen either of the two bands live?

calimero, Wednesday, 29 October 2014 17:52 (four years ago) link

I have not seen either band. I hear Gulp is pretty good live. There are a couple nice videos online. I'm sure it's a lot more stationary than a Gruff show. I don't know much about The Earth, but I will say I really enjoyed their new album (I said that already, I think). It sounds much fuller and more varied than their first LP. I know it's not an essential release, and the vocals aren't going to pull in a lot of SFA fans, but I recommend it.

Strangetown, the record label that's put out all this other stuff, just sent .wavs of the new Pale Blue Dots album. It's unfortunately extremely short (under half an hour), but I love the whole thing. I never knew how much Bunf contributed to the band's sound. I always kind of at Gruff and Cian as the holy alliance. Honestly, The Pale Blue Dots' album comes closest to capturing the sound I fell in love with so many years ago. I understand that they are going to record more songs in the studio, so I guess Lots of Dots is more of an EP than an LP. There is an odd dance-y track with Bunf on lead vocals at the end of the album that I did not expect to like, but I can't get it out of my head.

I guess I have to give Richard Chester some credit, too. There are some great strings on the album.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 29 October 2014 21:09 (four years ago) link

I always kind of viewed*

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y22dwqhMXSU

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 29 October 2014 21:11 (four years ago) link

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p029nbdr

The Pale Blue Dots sounded kind of rough on their first outing, but they'd only rehearsed the night before. I enjoyed Daf coming in with his "Ice Hockey Hair" drums every couple minutes.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 31 October 2014 13:56 (four years ago) link

Yeah, I've had a similar new found appreciation for Bunf's contribution to the band. These days I'm able to recognise his voice more easily!

calimero, Friday, 31 October 2014 17:51 (four years ago) link

I never realized how prominent Cian's voice is on certain songs. Take for instance "Chewing Chewing Gum." It's almost his first lead vocal.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 31 October 2014 19:06 (four years ago) link

The Pale Blue Dots' album is streaming again (it's officially out today):

https://soundcloud.com/strangetown-records/sets/the-pale-blue-dots-lots-of

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 3 November 2014 14:45 (four years ago) link

I stole a fuse from their tank at Phoenix Festival 1996. Not many bands you can say that about tbh,

Willl, Monday, 3 November 2014 22:00 (four years ago) link

Can we just say they've split up now yet?

PaulTMA, Tuesday, 4 November 2014 00:46 (four years ago) link

If gruff embarks on another multimedia extravagnza, sure. All the rest of them are recording, producing and releasing their music together.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 4 November 2014 01:13 (four years ago) link

Can we just say they've split up now yet?

― PaulTMA, Tuesday, November 4, 2014 12:46 AM (21 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

In my mind, they pretty much have.

Welcome To (Turrican), Tuesday, 4 November 2014 22:31 (four years ago) link

I'm still in denial. If they announced it, it would feel like when Supergrass split up. A band that always seemed to be there putting out good to great albums every couple of years. Both bands that make me incredibly nostalgic.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 4 November 2014 22:50 (four years ago) link

If they were split it up, wouldn't they just say they're split up? Gruff keeps insisting there'll be a 10th album.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 5 November 2014 15:33 (four years ago) link

From what it sounds like, it doesn't seem like any of the band members have or are aware of any concrete plans for Super Furry Animals, and none of them seem particularly enthusiastic about it either, which makes me feel that the ship as sailed. I can't help but get the impression that there's a gulf between Gruff and the rest of the band, too. If they have split up and they're keeping quiet about it, then that's somewhat of a shrewd move, really. People will be more accepting of/tolerate even the shittiest of solo products if they feel a new Super Furry Animals album is eventually going to happen: like "hmm, yeah, okay this Neon Neon/Cian/Earth/Pale Blue Dots album is a bit shit, but that's okay, they'll get around to giving us the real stuff soon". Remember also that Blur never actually announced that they'd "split up" either following Think Tank, but they may as well have done for all that's happened since.

I'm still in denial. If they announced it, it would feel like when Supergrass split up. A band that always seemed to be there putting out good to great albums every couple of years. Both bands that make me incredibly nostalgic.

― Kitchen Person, Tuesday, November 4, 2014 10:50 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

When Supergrass split up, my overall feeling was one of unrealised potential. As good as records like In It For The Money and Road To Rouen are, I still think they had a lot more ground to cover and a lot left to explore as a unit. The album they were working on when they split, Release The Drones sounded very promising.

By comparison, I think the Super Furry Animals have explored every avenue they possibly can together. I honestly don't see where else they could possibly go from here. It would be a good time to leave it, I think. They've already released 10 records if you count Out Spaced as a "proper" album, anyway.

Welcome To (Turrican), Wednesday, 5 November 2014 20:20 (four years ago) link

Gruff's certainly drawn more attention to himself, with his most critically-acclaimed album and a fantastic stage show. The rest of the guys clearly have their work set out for them. we'll agree to disagree on the quality of the other side projects, though I've never been a neon neon fan.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 5 November 2014 23:39 (four years ago) link

Can't say much about Supergrass. I always found them pretty slight. "Alright" is a nice song and their self-titled album seemed to draw more flack than it deserved. I kind of left them behind. I know most that read this thread probably rate SFA similarly, but that's life.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 5 November 2014 23:46 (four years ago) link

is the RATW era supposed to have had studio outtakes beyond the b-sides? I always thought RAtW sounded like a curated sampler pack from a more sprawling record.

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Wednesday, 14 November 2018 20:13 (nine months ago) link

I believe there are a couple tracks that showed up later on, like this Hey Venus!-era B-side:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NkXSd2scaY

I recall seeing the title on an early pre-release RATW track list.

They also claim 'Bing Bong' was conceived around then.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 20:14 (nine months ago) link

Yeah bit this is the bobble hat that broke the camel's back

PaulTMA, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 20:32 (nine months ago) link

For Rings Around the World, I seem to recall that they recorded all the B-sides and album tracks in the same sessions, and then the final running order was a compromise. Every band member had a different preferred track order and even a different idea of what the LP was supposed to be. Again, Gruff wanted it to be an excessive 90+ minute experience but others in the band disagreed.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Wednesday, 14 November 2018 20:49 (nine months ago) link

There were outtakes: 'Aluminium Illuminati' (as mentioned before), 'Sanitizzzed', 'The Undisputed Truth' etc. Some of these were released as B-sides later.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Wednesday, 14 November 2018 20:51 (nine months ago) link

Yeah bit this is the bobble hat that broke the camel's back

― PaulTMA, Wednesday, November 14, 2018 3:32 PM (twenty-one minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Not quite, but it's a touch cynical for a band that was always boastful of their anti-materialist views.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 20:53 (nine months ago) link

It's alright, though. You guys can have your bobble hats. I've been following them for years and I've just sort of given up on the hope they're a real band anymore.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 20:55 (nine months ago) link

It'd been nearly a DECADE since Dark Days/Light Years came out. This band used to release an album almost annually...

― afriendlypioneer, Thursday, September 27, 2018 6:08 AM (one month ago)

bands often release fewer new records after they split up

― Betting Eighty Hams (sic), Thursday, September 27, 2018 6:32 AM (one month ago)

standing by this

there was one guy wearing a SFA bobble hat at the Gruff/Kliph gig in Seattle last month. presumably the audience for new ones is people that still like their music, have disposable income and live somewhere cold.

Bing The Mighty Seat (sic), Wednesday, 14 November 2018 21:01 (nine months ago) link

The BBC comp is out. Had a listen to the first part on Spotify and I’ve got to admit it’s really excellent.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 23 November 2018 22:13 (eight months ago) link

Few more comments:

"God! Show Me Magic" on the tracklist three or four times somehow doesn't bother me. Song is as great as it's always been.

"DX Heaven" is completely disposable and I have to skip it every time it comes on.

My wife ruined "Calimero" for me. It borrows heavily from DK's "California Uber Alles." Ok, I still think "Calimero" kicks ass and will take it over the DKs song anyday.

Live bass on "Drawing Rings Around the World" is phenomenal.

The Mwng stuff sounds incredible.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 26 November 2018 16:37 (eight months ago) link

Oh, and why the hell do they always blow guitar solos when they play live? They don't even do the greatest tiny solo of all time on the "Hometown Unicorn" recording.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 26 November 2018 16:38 (eight months ago) link

My wife ruined "Calimero" for me. It borrows heavily from DK's "California Uber Alles."

It took you until recently to realise this? I thought this was common knowledge!

(I prefer 'Calimero')

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Monday, 26 November 2018 18:37 (eight months ago) link

Nope. Had no idea. My wife told me immediately that it sounds like this 'California' song she knows and I kinda figured it out through a process of elimination. Knew it couldn't be RHCP...

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 26 November 2018 18:56 (eight months ago) link

They're really not that similar.

resident hack (Simon H.), Monday, 26 November 2018 20:20 (eight months ago) link

Gruff admitted the influence of that track on 'Calimero' decades ago.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Monday, 26 November 2018 20:23 (eight months ago) link

The whole song's not the same, but the 'Calimero calimero' bit is IDENTICAL to 'California Uber Alles.'

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 26 November 2018 20:25 (eight months ago) link

it's not even the same vocal melody!

resident hack (Simon H.), Monday, 26 November 2018 20:26 (eight months ago) link

like yeah it's clearly a reference but let's not get carried away

resident hack (Simon H.), Monday, 26 November 2018 20:27 (eight months ago) link

I was being tongue in cheek about it ruining the song cuz 'Calimero' is clearly the superior song. I just never caught the reference until someone mentioned it to me.

I was similarly shocked when I found out the main guitar hook in 'The Roman Road' is a sample.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 26 November 2018 20:28 (eight months ago) link

Oh yeah, the Beefheart sample. The thing that amazes me about that is that they got the rest of the track (their original parts) to blend in so well with it.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Monday, 26 November 2018 20:32 (eight months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHQnSeFAGTg&feature=youtu.be

speaking of copying

one of the most blatant, and odd, examples i've ever heard

how did they/he even come across the song they ripped off?

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 16:18 (eight months ago) link

whoops...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHQnSeFAGTg

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 16:18 (eight months ago) link

three weeks pass...

/Oh, and they just released a new bobble hat. Not kidding.

What happened to this band? :(/

don't look now, but this might not be the first item of merchandise they have ever released


Always thought the Cardiff City shirt was A+

lefal junglist platton (wtev), Sunday, 30 December 2018 08:45 (seven months ago) link

speaking of copying

one of the most blatant, and odd, examples i've ever heard

how did they/he even come across the song they ripped off?


Wow not heard that before.
I remember an interview when Gruff said they were voracious crate diggers when on tour - he'd bagged a 6LP set of birdsong recordings in Helsinki once.

lefal junglist platton (wtev), Sunday, 30 December 2018 09:03 (seven months ago) link

Saw this bumped and instinctively knew it would be bobble hat-related

PaulTMA, Sunday, 30 December 2018 13:29 (seven months ago) link

Just to clarify, the Chinese song came out after 'Dim Bendith.'

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 4 January 2019 21:25 (seven months ago) link

The 'Dim Bendith' riff was clearly inspired/influenced by 'I'm Mandy, Fly Me' anyway.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 5 January 2019 18:49 (seven months ago) link

Think the influence of 'Dem Bendith' on the Eason track goes further than the riff.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 10 January 2019 15:22 (seven months ago) link

two weeks pass...

i've been listening to this band for the first time this week and i'm really amazed at how brilliant they are and that i'd somehow never bothered to listen before. only listened to radiator through to rings around the world so far but all of those are excellent. guerilla and rings especially remind me of cornelius' fantasma which is an album i love and had always wished i had more music that sounded like it - fuzzed out psych pop with lush arrangements and 90s electronic production is such a great sound

ufo, Saturday, 26 January 2019 11:18 (six months ago) link

That period was definitely their peak but there's still plenty to enjoy on later albums

groovypanda, Saturday, 26 January 2019 11:50 (six months ago) link

Don't sleep on the B-Sides too, lot's of great stuff there once you get around to them.

MaresNest, Saturday, 26 January 2019 12:57 (six months ago) link

They're not wrong! Fantasma a good comparison

imago, Saturday, 26 January 2019 13:04 (six months ago) link

Groovypanda OTM, although I would extend their peak period to include Phantom Power, which is one of their finest.

There's some great stuff pre-Radiator and some excellent tracks on the post-Phantom Power albums, but 1997-2004 they were on an incredible run of unbeatable stuff.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 26 January 2019 21:09 (six months ago) link

Also - yes, check out the b-sides and non-album stuff. There is a b-sides compilation (Out Spaced) which is put together and sequenced like it's a "proper" studio album with segues and everything, however it only covers 1994-1998 and does not include everything - they left a lot of the shorter, poppier moments off it like 'Calimero', 'Waiting to Happen' ... it does include essential stuff like 'Arnofio/Glô in the Dark' and 'Dim Bendith', though!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 26 January 2019 21:13 (six months ago) link

It's funny you should mention Fantasma. The way I remember getting into SFA is through HBO's Reverb. The particular episode I remember featured both Cornelius and SFA. If I remember correctly, this was around the time Guerrilla and Fantasma came out. Commonalities between Guerrilla and Fantasma: Sean O'Hagan worked on at least one track on both albums. Sean O'Hagan... one of my all-time favorite musicians. It's such a small world of music.

Cian just dropped a new track with his non-SFA band. Pretty average, but not bad:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgEfPRxct4M

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 28 January 2019 14:49 (six months ago) link

And of course Fantasma is probably one of my Top 10 records and totally formative to a newly-teenaged afriendlypioneer. So good.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 28 January 2019 14:50 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

Dark Days/Light Years officially came out 10 years ago on Saturday.

:(

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 18 March 2019 20:23 (five months ago) link

I guess this means it's 16 years since their last truly great record!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Monday, 18 March 2019 20:37 (five months ago) link

The further away we get from their last record, the more I'm convinced that it was the best time for them to stop.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Monday, 18 March 2019 20:42 (five months ago) link

They must've felt the same way!

It's just weird to think it's been so long. They released on such a regular scheduled for 13 years.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 18 March 2019 20:48 (five months ago) link

It felt weird when they didn't put out a new album in 2011, which they probably would have done if they hadn't made the decision to stop. It doesn't feel weird to me now - after ten years I've got used to it.

Still, ten albums (Out Spaced included) is enough.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Monday, 18 March 2019 22:34 (five months ago) link

I don’t really disagree. Moved on, myself, though I’d still listen to a new album if it ever came out. Burned out on pretty much all they’ve done at this point and have very minimal interest in any further reissues. Still blew my mind it’s been a decade since their last. That was my final year of college and feels not so long ago...

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 18 March 2019 23:23 (five months ago) link

New Zefur Wolves is a really big improvement over the first album.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvPPOSFUHyA

Good use of fuzz and feedback throughout. Some nice songwriting as well.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 1 April 2019 14:05 (four months ago) link

When Creation Records signed Super Furry Animals, Gruff Rhys hand wrote me a list of every song he'd written up to that point ... pic.twitter.com/y9KYB73uix

— Andy Saunders (@mrasaunders) March 30, 2019



Never would've suspected 'Lazer Beam' was written pre-Fuzzy Logic.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 3 April 2019 18:17 (four months ago) link

Perhaps a 'single pulled out of the bag'

PaulTMA, Wednesday, 3 April 2019 18:48 (four months ago) link

If indeed it is the same 'Lazer Beam' and not a different song with the same title. I'm very skeptical as 'Lazer Beam' is heavily based on a Cian demo that came later.

I'm most surprised to see 'Missunderstanding (sic)' on there.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 4 April 2019 02:46 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

I’ve heard fairly substantiated rumblings they’re working on a new album, but that Gruff is either not involved at all or featured in a diminished capacity. Not exactly what I would’ve dreamed of, but we shall see...

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 15:50 (three months ago) link

I guess I got off the bus at the right time, then!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Tuesday, 7 May 2019 16:11 (three months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEwPfg5eVnY

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 14:31 (three months ago) link


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