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Super Furry Animals To Play Pierson Benefit Show - 31/03/2005

Super Furry Animals, Four Tet and Richard X are lending their DJ skills to a benefit show in May to raise money for musician Dax Pierson who shattered his spine in an accident in the US.

Dax, who plays in US band Subtle, suffered a motor accident last month in Iowa which has left the keyboardist with spinal injuries.

The show takes place on May 8th at Londons Scala.

The full line-up for the event is:

Trevor Jackson [DJ set] Richard X [DJ set]
Four Tet [DJ set]
Chris Cunningham [soundtracks DJ set]
Super Furry Animals DJs v Mogwai DJs
Hood [live]
Hot Chip [live]
Helena Costas [live]

The benefit show is just one of many to be held throughout the world to help Piersons rehabilitation.

Behind the Door with Gruff Rhys...check it out.


Jan 26 2005

from Holyhead Mail

SUPER Furry Animals front-man Gruff Rhys will be taking a short tour of Wales to promote his debut solo album, Yr Atal Genhedlaeth.

The band's label, Placid Casual, released the record on January 24 and it contains 11 Welsh language songs which were recorded with Gorwel Owen at Stiwdio Ofn at various points between summer, 2003, and spring, 2004.

Now it's confirmed Gruff will be playing songs from the record at Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay, on Thursday, February 10 (tickets: (01492) 532668) and Theatr Ardudwy, Harlech, on Friday, February 11, at 7.30pm (tickets: (01766) 780667).

He will be joined on the tour by Alun Tan Lan and Kerdd Dant including the hip MC Mabon, and lyrical maestro MC Saizmundo.

As front-man, Gruff is no stranger to innovation and reinventing the band's sound on each album.

Sadly, non-Welsh speakers may fail to appreciate the full impact of some of his lyrics and play on words, Ffa Coffi Pawb being an example, but Gruff's zany wiggy pop is the same in any language and his solo album and tour promises to give Welsh music a kick in the right direction.

This in turn will hopefully ignite a Welsh music revolution overthrowing "middle of the road" and giving overlooked talent out there a chance to come to the fore.

Playing every instrument, bar trumpet and banjo, Gruff may final bury the tacky 2.50 keyboard scene and place all harmonious hiraeth songs back in John ac Alun's music chest for good.

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