Super Furry Animals and Gruff Rhys - Super Furry Animals Performing at Manchester Castlefield Bowl for 'Summer In The City' at Manchester Castlefield Bowl - Manchester, United Kingdom - Saturday 4th July 2015
What's to look forward to with this year's Green Man?
Tickets for Green Man Festival 2015 are now totally sold-out, and looking at this year's stellar line-up so far, there's no surprise there. With just eleven weeks to go, Green Man continue to unveil more upcoming surprises, so we take a look at what we know so far.
There's already a ton of great acts listed to play at the Brecon Beacons event in Wales, with a bill headed by Oklahoma singer St. Vincent, London collective Hot Chip, who have just released their newest album 'Why Make Sense?', and local Welshmen Super Furry Animals.
Motorhead, FFS and George Clinton make for exciting surprise additions.
If the Super Furry Animals were a building, it would have a great big blue plaque on it by now, in recognition of their unswerving dedication to being some of the smartest, principled and contrary buggers in British pop music. In the public's eye now for nearly 20 years since signing to Alan McGee's maverick Creation label, the Welsh quintet have rarely let anyone else's reality interfere with their own, the result being a history which is far from the orthodoxy of the rock and roll cliché.
Ric Rawlins under those terms of reference had something of an open goal on his hands in getting this piece of work commissioned, but whilst 'The Rise Of The Super Furry Animals' is a highly engaging read - and recounted with a wit so dry it's practically Saharan - what should have been one of the year's elite music biographies falls short of greatness.
Where it does score is in redacting large chunks of the various band members' adolescences, usually the fodder secretly skipped by devotees of the form. Instead, we move briskly into lead singer Gruff Rhys' meeting with Daffyd Ieuan at a youth club music group which was stocked with five drum kits and little else, in which the seeds of the SFA's forerunner, Ffa Cofi Pawb (Translation: Everybody's Coffee Beans, apparently) were sown. Navigating the intricacies of both nationalism and identity, the band eventually renamed themselves in 1993 after ending up in Cardiff; by then configured in a forward looking Jamaican-style sound system clan, one which included the often pixelated actor Rhys Ifans and that was already blending pop psychedelics with the hedonistic throb of techno.
Continue reading: Ric Rawlins - The Rise Of The Super Furry Animals Book Review
Review of Super Furry Animals album 'Dark Days/Light Years' released through Rough Trade on 13th April 2009
Continue reading: Super Furry Animals, Dark Days/Light Years Album Review
31st July, 1993