MOVE OVER YETIS... - 01/06/2005
SUPER FURRY ANIMALS have revealed that their infamous onstage yetis will be replaced this year by something "so new it doesn't even have a name". The band are currently on a stripped-down tour of small towns in advance of their new album 'Love Kraft', due in August.
On shows for their 'Phantom Power' tours, the band – who once drove an armoured tank through a Reading crowd – would come onstage at the end dressed as yetis, before those super furry animals were massacred onstage at London Hammersmith Apollo in April last year. They were ‘resurrected’ later that year for festivals.
But on tour in Wrexham this week, singer Gruff Rhys told NME.COM that by the end of the year, their show would be back to full extravagance: "We're building up, it's gonna get mental in the next few months. We're gonna be adding elements to the show. We have people behind the scenes working on new technology."
Rumours have been circulating that the band's new costumes will be robots, which Gruff admitted was close to the mark: "There is gonna be something but it's gonna be post-robots. It's very futuristic, whereas the robot is history. The thing is, this thing is so new it doesn't even have a name."
The band have been playing new songs from 'Love Kraft' on their tour, including the first single 'Laser Beam', out August 1, alongside 'Atomik Lust', ’Zoom!’, ’Ohio Heat’, ’Frequency’, 'The Horn' and 'Cloudberries'.
Of the album, Gruff said: "What I'm hoping is there's talk of a heatwave hitting on August 12, and the album's coming out on the 15th. We recorded it in intense heat, and mixed it, in Catalonia and Brazil. So because we're not used to the heat, we ended up making a really slow album that's really dense, really hazy. Not that you should make your record weather-dependent, but we think August is the month to release it."
Gruff also admitted that the album title was partially inspired by the early science-fiction writer HP Lovecraft, whose work has also been a major influence on The Coral: "It could be about that, but there's many aspects to the title," he said. "It could be like Kraftwerk. Or the love of our craft. Or a vehicle like a hovercraft. It was almost 'Kraft Love', but it ended up being 'Love Kraft'."
Love Kraft Release Date - 21/05/2005
SUPER FURRY ANIMALS have revealed full details of their new album 'LOVE KRAFT'. The Welsh rockers' seventh LP is released on August 15, with a single, 'Laser Beam', preceding it on August 1.
The full tracklisting is:
* 'Atomik Lust'
* 'The Horn'
* 'Ohio Heat'
* 'Walk You Home'
* 'Laser Beam'
* 'Oi Frango'
* 'Back On A Roll'
* 'Cabin Fever'
As previously reported on NME.COM, the band will play the Secret Garden festival in Cambridgeshire over the weekend of August 19-21. And that's not the only festival the band are appearing at this year.
SFA are already confirmed for T In The Park in Scotland on July 9, Ireland's Oxegen on July 10 and The Isle Of Wight's Bestival 2005 over the weekend of September 9-11.
The band will also play an out door show at London's Somerset House on July 8.
Before that frenetic period of summer activity, the band play a low-key tour later this month at the following venues:
* Preston 53 Degrees (May 22)
* Oxford Brookes University (23)
* Coventry Colisseum (24)
* Wrexham William Aston Hall (25)
* Ullapool Town Hall (27)
* Dundee Fat Sam's (2)
* Whitehaven Civic Hall (29)
* Newcastle Evolution Festival (30)
Upcoming Live Shows - 07/04/2005
Super Furry Animals will be playing the following dates:
SUPER FURRY ANIMALS
Small-scale live shows ahead of new album
Super Furry Animals announce a seven-date jaunt around the UK in May. It’s a carefully considered selection of intimate venues kicking off in the 1000-capacity 53 Degrees in Preston and taking in the tiny Town Hall of Ullapool in the Scottish Highlands, which squeezes in a mere 380 punters. Cosy.
Loved by fans and critics alike, SFA’s 10-year career has produced no less than six highly acclaimed studio albums. Their live shows over the years have caused as much of a stir as the music they create. SFA are renowned for their inventive and impressive performances and what with the sad, sad death of the Yetis at their Hammersmith Apollo show last year, who can say what they have lined up for us for 2005.
This intimate tour comes ahead of their 7th album to date. Scheduled for August, this promises to be the ultimate SFA album. More details will be announced shortly.
Full dates are as follows:
22/5 PRESTON 53 DEGREES
23/5 OXFORD BROOKES UNI
24/5 COVENTRY COLISSEUM
25/5 WREXHAM NEWI
27/5 ULLAPOOL TOWN HALL
28/5 DUNDEE FAT SAMS
29/5 WHITEHAVEN CIVIC HALL
30/5 NEWCASTLE EVOLUTION FESTIVAL*
Tickets are £13.50 (see below for full box office details)
* This is a FREE festival with other acts such as The Futureheads, Dizzee Rascal, Dogs Die In Hot Cars, The Rakes etc…
Box Office details are as follows:
22/5 Preston 53 Degrees
Tel: 08712 200260
Also locally at Action Records.
23/5 Oxford Brookes University
Tel: 01865 484 750
24/5 Coventry Coliseum
Tel: See Tickets/Way Ahead 0115 9129000.
Tel: 02476 228459
25/5 Wrexham NEWI
Tel: 0115 912 9000
27/5 Ullapool Town Hall
Tel: 0870 169 0100
28/5 Dundee Fat Sam’s
Tel: 0870 169 0100
29/5 Whitehaven Civic Hall
Tel: 01946 852821
30/5 Newcastle Orange Evolution Festival
Free festival – no tickets required