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Furry Animals singer still going solo

07-04-2011 09:20 BJT

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Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys released his third solo album "Hotel Shampoo" in February. As he takes the album on the road, he first made an appearance at London's Royal Albert Hall last Thursday, and followed up with a headlining Glastonbury appearance on Sunday. Let's have a listen.

Better known as the singer of Super Furry Animals, Rhys was quick to stress that working solo didn't mean the end for the band, and that because he had been friends with his bandmates since his teens, it would be strange not to work together again.

When the band started releasing music in the mid 1990's they were signed to Creation Records, a label owned by Alan McGee who was known for his independent spirit and for allowing the bands on his roster to have full artistic control of everything they did. Rhys credits this for defining the band and said they would always be as inventive as possible, which was in contrast to his solo material, where he could write more simply.

Gruff Rhys said, "We like to try everything out, all the ideas we have, maybe it's what's ended up defining us as a band, that we'll, that it's a maximalist band, you know, we'll try everything and try every sound we can get out hands on, yeah I don't think we should do things by half measures you know, so when we play live we'll use, I think we're at out best when we use video and surround sound, where as when I play solo stuff I tend to do it by half measures you know. It's a chance to try out simple ideas."

As well as Super Furry Animals and solo material, Rhys has also found time over the past few years to work with other people and has made guest appearances on several other records.

He wrote lyrics to a track on the Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse album "Dark Night of The Soul", has co-wrote and produced several tracks on Miles Kane's album "Color of the Trap" and more famously added vocals to The Gorillaz track "Superfast Jellyfish" on their "Plastic Beach" album, as well as working with other artists such as Mogwai, Welsh rappers Goldie Lookin' Chain and Simian Mobile Disco.

In 2010 Gruff made a documentary called "Seperado" about a trip he made to Patagonia in search of members of his family who had emigrated in Victorian Times.

With such a packed few years behind him, Gruff was looking forward to touring again in 2011.

 

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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