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Out of focus ideology - The Super Furry Animals thread

Post by darvé » Thu Jan 29, 2009 11:54

New Album!
Currently with a tracklisting but without a title the band promise;
"Musically it's based around riffs and grooves we've been playing
around with over the last few years. We have enough now for a whole
album so even though it's still very melodic we thought we could
leave off the acoustic ballads for the time being."

"It's recognisable as a melodic SFA record, but is very focused
musically as a cohesive album. And no country rock as Daf has
developed a pedal steel phobia. Which has confined the great
Nashvillian instrument along with the Saxophone to the banned
instrument directive of the SFA board. there's only one slow number
which isn't slow at all."

Longtime cohorts Pete Fowler will combine with legendary Japanese
artist Tanaami for the album artwork, which is sure to result in a
feast for the eyes.

The album is due for digital release on the 16th March via the bands
own website (http://www.superfurry.com), the physical following on the 13th
of April on Rough Trade Records.

Super Furry Animals have some more tricks up their sleeve which we
will be announcing a little closer to the release date - watch this
space for more information!

Working Title Tracklisting :

1.'The very best of Neil Diamond'
2. White socks/Flip Flops.
3. Inaugural Trams.
4. Sounds Familiar.
5. Cardiff in the sun.
6. Where do you wanna go?
7. LLiwiau LLachar.
8. Mountain.
9. Moped eyes.
10. Inconvenience.
11. Crazy Naked Girls.
12. Earth.
13. Prick.

I don't really listen to the Furries as much i used to, but they're still the band i've seen live most and i can't wait to hear this.
and that snare drum, that drum roll
means we've got a winner

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Post by linus » Thu Jan 29, 2009 11:57

I've never seen SFA live but I am a fan and have most of the lp's/ep's- I'm more of a fan because some very dear but now very faraway friends are uber-fans, I do find them pretty hard to resist though- all sentimental associations aside

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Post by indiansummer » Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:27

Used to absolutely love them. My 6th form band pretty much wanted to be them. That run of records from Fuzzy Logic to Mwng was bloody brilliant.

i stopped buying their records after eventually getting through the denial and admitting Rings Around The World was quite patchy. i still like the singles they bring out though. Usually.

Actually, the only record of theirs i've paid money for since Rings... was Lovekraft, which i found for £1.99 in Music Zone 6 months after its release. Didn't that album get compared to Brian Wilson an awful lot? It didn't make much of an impression on me. Bit disappointed.

BUT! What was that single they had off their last album that sounded like they'd been listening to loadsa Phil Spectorish pop? That was fucking ACE.
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Post by Dan Pop-o-matic » Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:37

indiansummer wrote:BUT! What was that single they had off their last album that sounded like they'd been listening to loadsa Phil Spectorish pop? That was fucking ACE.
That's probably Run Away. It has the classic Be My Baby drumbeat on it.

Hey Venus! was their best for a while actually. Not as good as the first four albums, but still worth a listen.

I'm as excited as I always am by the prospect of a new one from them...

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Post by Trev » Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:40

Love the Super Furries. Even forgave them sponsoring Cardiff City football team all those years ago.

Seen them live a fair few times. Always remember seeing their TANK at various pop festivals in the 90s. I buy each new LP on day of release - but like Davo - don't listen to them as much as I used to these days.
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Post by darvé » Thu Jan 29, 2009 13:11

indiansummer wrote: i stopped buying their records after eventually getting through the denial and admitting Rings Around The World was quite patchy. i still like the singles they bring out though. Usually.
The weekend that preceeded that album was amazing though, 'Furrymania' - friday night screening of the DVD followed by club night with them DJing, 'Bingo' show saturday afternoon, proper show saturday night, then the second club night to finish it off. That would have been Summer 2001 i guess, time flies..

I'll never understand why Rings is held in such high regard, i loved it at the time, but it just sounded bloated and too much very soon after, it's probably my least favourite album of theirs now. Also, i hate the fact that for years after they always still play Run, Christian, Run which is just dull.

The first time i saw the tank was at V96, it was parked just behind a fence blasting out some very loud techno, fantastic. Didn't they sell it to someone famous? I can't remember..
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Post by indiansummer » Thu Jan 29, 2009 13:22

davo wrote:I'll never understand why Rings is held in such high regard, i loved it at the time, but it just sounded bloated and too much very soon after
my feelings exactly.

didn't they sell the tank to Don Henley? i heard he collects them.
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Post by indiehorse » Thu Jan 29, 2009 13:25

I like the albums in this order:

1. Radiator
2. Fuzzy Logic
3. Mwng
4. Love Kraft
5. Guerrilla
6. Hey Venus!
7. Rings Around The World
8. Phantom Power

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Post by tompony » Thu Jan 29, 2009 13:28

Rings Around The World is my favourite! I think all the albums are better than the one before up until that point, and then the ones afterwards are all a bit shit.

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Post by linus » Thu Jan 29, 2009 13:33

I really liked rings around the world too and kind of lost interest/momentum after that

I think my favourite is radiator

dang! all my SFA cd's are in a box in storage in essex

I really must get my stuff up here soon

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Post by Mr Bear » Thu Jan 29, 2009 13:38

indiehorse wrote:I like the albums in this order:

1. Radiator
2. Fuzzy Logic
3. Mwng
4. Love Kraft
5. Guerrilla
6. Hey Venus!
7. Rings Around The World
8. Phantom Power
Cor, looking at that list of albums made me remember how much I love SFA - I've have Phantom Power and Rings... nearer the top though, and Love Kraft nearer the bottom. The best songs on Love Kraft are up there with anything they've done, but I find I only ever listen to 3 or 4 songs on it. Ohio Heat is absolutely gorgeous though.

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Post by bocken » Thu Jan 29, 2009 14:05

I think the best album might actually be Songbook vol.1.

I'm not overly excited by this news, the last two albums I thought were great at first, but after a few listens realised they weren't. I really loved Phantom Power when it came out, and stood by that for a long time, but a lot of that album makes me feel sad so I don't listen to it anymore, and when I do I'm really just wanting to skip forward to Venus & Serena and Slow Life.

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Post by indiehorse » Thu Jan 29, 2009 14:08

bocken wrote:I think the best album might actually be Songbook vol.1.
I wanted to get the pop-up vinyl edition of Songbook vol. 1.

But I didn't.

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Post by bocken » Thu Jan 29, 2009 14:16

indiehorse wrote:
bocken wrote:I think the best album might actually be Songbook vol.1.
I wanted to get the pop-up vinyl edition of Songbook vol. 1.

But I didn't.
I've only got it on DVD, I think. But I listened to it on spotify the other day which got me over the lack of Mwng on there.

Anyway, seeing as you didn't get that, treat yourself to this: http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie ... 0150950681

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Post by indiehorse » Thu Jan 29, 2009 14:36

bocken wrote:Anyway, seeing as you didn't get that, treat yourself to this: http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie ... 0150950681
A little out of my bidget, I'm afraid.


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Re: Out of focus ideology - The Super Furry Animals thread

Post by Wheatabeat » Thu Jan 29, 2009 19:42

Yeah, Phantom Power is getting a bit of a bashing I think. As an album it's fairly hit and miss but for me it does contain the bestest song they've ever done which is Slow Life. Even if you disagree you're wrong I'm afraid.

All this new album news has re-ignited my massive SFA love. I've just realised I've not seen them live for about 5 years, where back then I was starting to feel a bit 'meh' about them. Even their live shows for me seemed to have lost a bit of edge, but I think I just needed a bit of a break from them.

My girlfriend bloody loves them too and has yet to see them so wherever they next play on tour I'm 100% going to get tickets.
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Post by madcat » Thu Jan 29, 2009 20:21

For me it's all about Radiator, Mwng, and the Outspaced compilation. I could make another 80-minute mix CD of my favourite tracks off the other albums and EPs.

Live they are utterly tremendous.

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Re: Out of focus ideology - The Super Furry Animals thread

Post by darvé » Thu Jan 29, 2009 23:09

indiansummer wrote: didn't they sell the tank to Don Henley? i heard he collects them.
I was thinking they bought it from Don Henley, but i think you might be right.

Wheatabeat wrote:I've just realised I've not seen them live for about 5 years, where back then I was starting to feel a bit 'meh' about them. Even their live shows for me seemed to have lost a bit of edge, but I think I just needed a bit of a break from them.
Yeah, i started the feel same way, i think i saw them too many times really and didn't overly enjoy them last time i saw them, but then i find going to see them in London now too much of a hassle as there always seems to be dramas with the people i go with. Last time i decided i'd go see them somewhere else to avoid that next time they tour.

I'll probably still get tickets for any London shows though.
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Re: Out of focus ideology - The Super Furry Animals thread

Post by Mr Bear » Mon Feb 23, 2009 10:05

Nice...











New Album Footage

Super Furry Animals are never ones to stay still creatively, and with their forthcoming (currently untitled) 9th studio album they have decided to document the process on 4 individual hand held cameras. But this will be no ordinary 'the making of the album' story; it's a series of Warhol like observations, of a band putting the finishing touches to songs, a celebration of the banal nature of the mixing process. Whole chunks of time seem to vanish at twice the speed over a slow game of darts or the making of a cup of tea as a song is played on repeat 26 times on the mixing console.

Inspired by Mike Figgis's ground breaking film 'Time Code' the episodes will be released in 21 individual episodes starting on the 23rd February, 8p.m.GMT through the bands own website.

'Ah! Greetings friends, join us for the next few weeks as we finish up our new album for your ears. We have borrowed 4 video cameras from friends and family and we will document events as they unfold, hopefully with as little drama as possible.' The Film Council of SFA.

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