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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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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

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

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:

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 27 July 2012 14:41 (five years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

revisiting this after not listening to it since release:

damn good track.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 11 March 2013 19:27 (four years ago) Permalink

Surprisingly, Bunf seems to be the one with the freshest sounding side project:

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 13 March 2013 12:41 (four years ago) Permalink

Loving this stuff.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 18 March 2013 15:18 (four years ago) Permalink

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. :\

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 24 January 2014 18:58 (three years ago) Permalink

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.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:24 (three years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Loving the new Pale Blue Dots song:

Also got a new Gulp song this past week:

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

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 4 June 2014 17:06 (three years ago) Permalink

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.

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

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 17 June 2014 22:36 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

Vol 2

Mark G, Tuesday, 17 June 2014 23:12 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

Gruff's book doesn't count.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 17 June 2014 23:26 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 19 June 2014 13:48 (three years ago) Permalink

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

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 1 July 2014 22:48 (three years ago) Permalink

Gulp is officially out. You can listen on Spotify

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 8 July 2014 22:22 (three years ago) Permalink

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:

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 (three years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Bunf's new album is streaming.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 10 October 2014 14:15 (three years ago) Permalink

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:

Some words from a website called Clash Music:

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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

hardcore dilettante, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 01:21 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

I always kind of viewed*

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 29 October 2014 21:11 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 3 November 2014 14:45 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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

PaulTMA, Tuesday, 4 November 2014 00:46 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

Trying to imagine what the results of an SFA ballot poll would look like... it really could go in any direction, as unpredictable as the band themselves used to be. The only two songs I'm confident of are the Top 2, but even then I'm unsure which way around they'd be.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Thursday, 20 July 2017 12:53 (four months ago) Permalink

jumped the ship with Love Kraft thou i did buy that CD.

So you've never heard Hey Venus! or DD/LY? They're good! Check them out.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 20 July 2017 13:47 (four months ago) Permalink

Yeah, check 'em out and see what you think, just don't expect to have your mind blown.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Thursday, 20 July 2017 14:30 (four months ago) Permalink

(The latter in particular is one of their patchiest records.)

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Thursday, 20 July 2017 14:33 (four months ago) Permalink

I find LK their patchiest, but that's fair. I really think HV! and DD/LY are underrated albums. Perhaps they're not SFA at their best, but I don't expect many bands 15 years into their career to hit that high point anymore anyway. It's a shame they've completely ignored them since their reunion, but I SUPPOSE the fans don't want to hear them anyway so I'm in a small minority of music listeners/fans!

I think we've had this conversation a few times by now...

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 20 July 2017 14:52 (four months ago) Permalink

Like I've listened to Hey Venus! twice this week and wondered why I didn't rate it highly when it came it out. It's a perfectly competent record. Maybe that's why it was so underwhelming? I dunno. Just, compared to my typical reaction to listening to LK these days, I find HV! a very enjoyable, easy listen.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 20 July 2017 14:53 (four months ago) Permalink

Love Kraft is without a doubt their patchiest, but Dark Days/Light Years is their second patchiest and Hey Venus! is basically SFA in snack size.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:16 (four months ago) Permalink

Hey Venus! b-sides are pretty good, too. I really don't find much fault with it. It's just not a progressive leap over anything they've done, though it has a few brilliant odds and ends. DD/LY--we'll just continue to agree to disagree on that one! I'm still surprised no b-sides ever surfaced, but I guess they went in and out of the studio fairly quickly.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 21 July 2017 13:51 (four months ago) Permalink

Rings Around The World is their patchiest record for me. I've never understood why people rate it so highly.

kitchen person, Friday, 21 July 2017 14:10 (four months ago) Permalink

I thought it was the greatest album in the world when it came out (and I still love it), so I'll never understand people who don't rate it highly. :\ Another album with great b-sides, too.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 21 July 2017 14:12 (four months ago) Permalink

n/m just counted it is 17 singles but still.

Always bought them because the b-sides were quality.

wtev, Friday, 21 July 2017 14:26 (four months ago) Permalink

/wtev, have you posted under a different name on ILx? you sound like you have been around.../

'whatever' and something less appropriate before then. 10-12 years? Some time before the ysi threads took off on ilm.

wtev, Friday, 21 July 2017 14:40 (four months ago) Permalink

I'm still surprised no b-sides ever surfaced

Unfortunately, I wasn't surprised... CD singles were on their way out and I remember the 'Run-Away' single being difficult to get hold of.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Friday, 21 July 2017 15:30 (four months ago) Permalink

Always bought them because the b-sides were quality.

― wtev, Friday, July 21, 2017 2:26 PM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I agree - even as late as the Hey Venus! singles the B-sides were mostly great.

SFA didn't really write songs deliberately to be B-sides - most of 'em were originally meant to be album tracks but when assembling the albums they left 'em off. They just used to record songs and then make an album out of 'em, and then put the ones that didn't make it out as B-sides.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Friday, 21 July 2017 15:34 (four months ago) Permalink

Who's up for a B-sides poll

wtev, Friday, 21 July 2017 20:13 (four months ago) Permalink

I don't think you'd be able to fit 'em all in one poll!

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Friday, 21 July 2017 20:20 (four months ago) Permalink

Had they saved "Blue Fruit" for Love Kraft and dropped "Back on a Roll," people might have been kinder to the album. :)

afriendlypioneer, Saturday, 22 July 2017 18:39 (four months ago) Permalink

'Blue Fruit' is awful, though!

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Saturday, 22 July 2017 18:44 (four months ago) Permalink

Like, I can't see how the inclusion of one of their weaker B-sides would have helped. Love Kraft is an EP ('Zoom!', 'Atomik Lust', 'Cloudberries', 'Cabin Fever') that they inflated to album-length with subpar tracks.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Saturday, 22 July 2017 18:48 (four months ago) Permalink

Around the same era, tonally fits, still a Bunf song, and heck, I like it. Great outro, too! "Sunny Seville" wouldn't have fit. "Colonise the Moon" might've done something with a more interesting arrangement.

afriendlypioneer, Saturday, 22 July 2017 18:52 (four months ago) Permalink

"Frequency," "Ohio Heat," and "Walk You Home" are all great, u mad

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Saturday, 22 July 2017 18:53 (four months ago) Permalink

I have a soft spot for "Psyclone!" honestly. The strings make it special. The bass isn't bad, either. Will never understand what the hell they were thinking with "Lazer Beam." Gruff must've been asleep when he wrote it.

afriendlypioneer, Saturday, 22 July 2017 18:54 (four months ago) Permalink

Not all of SFA's B-sides were A-side or album worthy, although many were. There's some great stuff like 'Waiting to Happen', 'Calimero', 'Hit and Run', 'Wrap It Up', 'Mrs. Spector', 'Colorblind', 'The Matter of Time', 'Charge', 'Edam Anchorman', 'Summer Snow', 'Sunny Seville' and 'These Bones' ...

... but there's also a few things that suck: 'nO.K.', 'Rabid Dog', 'Happiness Is a Worn Pun', 'Gypsy Space Muffin', 'Blue Fruit', 'Sanitizzzed' ...

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Saturday, 22 July 2017 19:00 (four months ago) Permalink

'Colonise the Moon' sucks too.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Saturday, 22 July 2017 19:01 (four months ago) Permalink

"Frequency," "Ohio Heat," and "Walk You Home" are all great, u mad

― a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Saturday, July 22, 2017 6:53 PM (eight minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

'Ohio Heat' is passable but I loathe the other two. 'Frequency' is nothing special, but overrated like fuck by the hardcore. 'Walk You Home' is a drab, confused mess. I particularly hate 'Psyclone!' though, which is a cringeworthy lyric married to a drab tune that not even its multiple key changes can save.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Saturday, 22 July 2017 19:05 (four months ago) Permalink

I think "Sunny Seville" is more cringeworthy than anything on the album, lyrically. "Sucking on dictaphone"?

afriendlypioneer, Saturday, 22 July 2017 19:07 (four months ago) Permalink

"Summer Snow," "Edam Anchorman" and "Patience" are so good

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Saturday, 22 July 2017 19:09 (four months ago) Permalink


I'll take that over "take the turbulence and twinkle your toes", which makes me wince. At least 'Sunny Seville' has a decent tune and the lyric is funny, rather than embarrassing.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Saturday, 22 July 2017 19:17 (four months ago) Permalink

'Patience' is great and slipped through the cracks for years. Glad that it's been rescued from obscurity somewhat.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Saturday, 22 July 2017 19:20 (four months ago) Permalink

I don't even know anymore.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 24 July 2017 14:03 (four months ago) Permalink

Maybe the aliens in hometown unicorn took them and replaced them with clones who exist only to milk the commercial cash cow.

wtev, Monday, 24 July 2017 15:16 (four months ago) Permalink

I've convinced myself they're trying to fund a new album, but the truth is they're probably just old & tired and wish they'd signed that deal with Coca Cola.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 24 July 2017 15:21 (four months ago) Permalink

I wish they'd signed that deal with Coca-Cola.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Monday, 24 July 2017 16:08 (four months ago) Permalink

I've convinced myself they're trying to fund a new album, but the truth is they're probably just old & tired and wish they'd signed that deal with Coca Cola.

Hey they're younger than me and I'm not old.

wtev, Tuesday, 25 July 2017 15:31 (four months ago) Permalink

So there's a pretty big group on Facebook that some members of the band are a part of, and Daf addressed the negative track on Out Spaced. Apparently it's the backing track to one of the original SFA songs he did with Rhys Ifans. For some reason the store was it was some noodling Bunf did. Anyway, I thought that was pretty cool. Apparently he didn't even know it was on the album and hadn't heard it in decades.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 27 July 2017 14:30 (four months ago) Permalink

He says he composed it himself. Not that it's an impressive composition or anything. Just a little more interesting trivia in this time of want.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 27 July 2017 14:31 (four months ago) Permalink

Well, that's that cleared up! Yeah, the story for years was that it was a Bunf demo from 1992.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Thursday, 27 July 2017 15:45 (four months ago) Permalink

They generally have shit memories when it comes to their own stuff.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Thursday, 27 July 2017 15:47 (four months ago) Permalink

So the remaster came out today. I think it generally does sound a little better, maybe a little less murky. The bass is still barely present, but I don't think that's a problem a remaster can fix.

"Naff Gan" is the "Ice Hockey Hair" demo. The lyrics are the same as that live "Welcome to the Family" performance. It went from being a pretty charmless, grungey slice of nonsense to a classic, so it's an interesting historical piece. "Music Box" is just Gruff mumbling over some music.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 28 July 2017 14:19 (four months ago) Permalink

I'm not much interested in hearing it - not unless there's stuff on there that's "proper" songs that I haven't heard before.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Friday, 28 July 2017 18:11 (four months ago) Permalink

"Smoke" is an alternate mix of "Smokin'." I swear I heard this years ago on a compilation of some sort. But yeah, there's nothing AMAZING AND UNRELEASED on here. I think their vault is spent unless you want to go searching for some crumbs.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 28 July 2017 18:34 (four months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

The new El Goodo album Strangetown just released is great. Good follow-up to their last one, which is also great.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 18 September 2017 23:47 (two months ago) Permalink

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 18 September 2017 23:54 (two months ago) Permalink

Liked that, will check out the album

groovypanda, Tuesday, 19 September 2017 07:35 (two months ago) Permalink

New Gulp song/album produced by Luke Abbott. Prob. best SFA spin-off in my opinion.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 27 September 2017 13:56 (two months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Cian's orchestral album is out now if you've preordered. It's pretty breathtaking stuff!

Here's a short video snippet:

Fersiwn glasurol @CianCiarán o chwedl Rhys a Meinir
A classical composition of the love story Rhys a Meinir by @CianCiarán#rhysameinir | Nos Iau | Thursday | 9.30#chwedlau #chwedloni@superfurry

— S4C (@S4C) November 26, 2017

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 27 November 2017 15:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The album is, frankly, a revelation. A listener shouldn't be surprised that Cian Ciaran is a man of prodigious talent but, rather, that he is so easily capable of branching out so effectively. Rhys A Meinir is a record that alternates between lush orchestral passages, and stark, soundtrack-like pieces of music that convey the sadness and lyricism of the Welsh tale to a listener. In my interview with Cian Ciaran, he mentioned an appreciation for the music of John Barry, Bizet, and Ennio Morricone, an appreciation that one can hear here in the selections on Rhys A Meinir. A track like "Haul o rywle'n tywynnu" early in the record even bears a faint trace of Randy Newman's soundtrack work about it, while the lighter-than-air "Safodd yn stond" offers a rich abundance of harp figures. The more direct "Marwydos" brings a kind of folk music to the classical work, while the absolutely stunning "Rhedeg" chills and moves the soul in the style and spirit of the best Bernard Herrmann film scores. It's not entirely a surprise that this is an affecting work, but that it's so atypical of what one would expect from a Super Furry Animal. The band used strings before but never quite like this, Ciaran here embracing the larger forms and offering up something both Modern and Romantic.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 14:30 (one week ago) Permalink

Playing "Zoom", the 2cd best-of in the car at the moment.

It's so good!

Mark G, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 18:10 (one week ago) Permalink

They were/are so good. I fear they'll never be back. They're still hawking merch, though. There's always hope.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 19:32 (one week ago) Permalink

There's a good shot of a Hey Venus! preliminary studio track list in the documentary. "Upside Downers" from Cian's first solo album appears on it. The orchestra's motif took form during these sessions as well; he plays it during the studio session recordings and calls it "Lick My Love Pump" *lol*.

I enjoyed the doc. Good watch. V. relaxing, too.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 4 December 2017 17:20 (one week ago) Permalink

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