Friday, August 03, 2007




ALBUM: Hey Venus!

FILE UNDER: Indie / Experimental / Psychedelic

LABEL: Rough Trade

INFO: The band formed in Cardiff after being in various other Welsh bands and techno outfits in the area. Rhys, Ieuan and Pryce had been together since the early 1990s and had toured the north coast of France as a techno group. After Bunford and Ciaran (the latter Ieuan's younger brother) joined, they then got to work on writing some songs, and in 1995 ended up signing to Ankst, the Welsh indie label. The band are considered to be part of the renaissance of Welsh music (and art, and literature) in the 1990s: other Welsh bands of the time include Catatonia, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci and the Manic Street Preachers. The actor Rhys Ifans was briefly lead vocalist of the band, before they found national success.

The name of the band came from T-shirts being printed by Gruff's sister. She was making Super Furry Animals T-shirts for the fashion and music collective Acid Casuals (variants of whose name have appeared throughout SFA's career - for example, in their song "The Placid Casual", their record label Placid Casual).[1]

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