Super Furry Animals will be releasing a new single, Golden
Retriever on 30 June, and a new album, Phantom Power,
on 14 July.
Phantom Power is the bands sixth album and will be their
second to be released simultaneously on conventional audio
and DVD. The band made recording history with the Mercury
Prize-nominated, gold-selling Rings Around The World when
they released it in 5.1 stereo surround sound.
Phantom Power was recorded during 2002 at the bands own studio
in Cardiff and at Rockfield and Monnow Valley Studios in Monmouth
in. It was produced by Super Furry Animals with help from Gorwel
Owen and Tony Doogan, and remixed by the band and Mario Caldato
Jr. in January 2003.
The contents for the Phantom Power DVD are currently being authored
with long time artwork collaborator (and Monsterist prime mover)
Pete Fowler and Cardiff-based collective NoBrake at the helm.
Phantom Power will be released on Epic Records and in its track
1. Hello Sunshine
2. Liberty Belle
3. Golden Retriever
4. Sex, War and Robots
5. The Piccolo Snare
6. Venus and Serena
7. Father Father #1
8. Bleed Forever
9. Out of Control
10. City Scape Sky Baby
11. Father Father #2
12. Valet Parking
13. The Undefeated
14. Slow Life
The new single, Golden Retriever was originally aired at last years
MTV 5 Night Stand and on the bands sell-out October 2002 US
tour and is out on 14 July.
Super Furry Animals will make their first appearance of 2003 on
Saturday 29th March, when the world premiere of new single Golden
Retriever will take place on the pitch at the Millennium Stadium,
prior to the crucial sold-out Wales versus Azerbaijan European Championship
Qualifying Football encounter. This is followed by the already-announced
show at the Royal Festival Hall, London, as part of the Stephen
Malkmus-curated Down The Dustpipe festival.
The bands first major show of the year, however, takes place
in Bethesda, Gwynedd, North Wales, on June 21. The concert, subject
to license, will occur in a 5000 capacity tent, to commemorate the
centenary of the end of the Great Bethesda Quarry Strike 1900-03.
The all-day event for which the full line-up will be announced
shortly is part of a year-long commemorative festival in
The Great Penrhyn Quarry Strike started on 22 November 1900 after
Lord Penrhyn, the quarry owner, refused to let union officials collect
contributions from members. It lasted three years and became Britain's
longest strike. It was a landmark in the development of trade unionism,
and was a defining experience for the labour movement in Wales.
Thousands of men stayed away from work and many of them lost their
jobs in the quarry. For more details about the strike "The
North Wales Quarrymen 1874 - 1922" by R. Merfyn Jones (University
of Wales Press) is a good place to start. Details of all shows follow:
Saturday 29th - Wales vs. Azerbaijan, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.
Saturday 19th - Down The Dustpipe: A two night festival mining US-UK
connections, Royal Festival Hall, London.
Saturday 21st - Bethesda Clwb Rygbi (Bethesda Rugby Club), Dol Ddafydd,
Gates open 2pm. Tickets are £20 subject to booking fee are
available from Way Ahead (24 hour credit card line) 0115 0129000,
Cob Records (Bangor/Porth Madog), Andys Records (Aberystwyth),
City Centre Ticket Line Cardiff (02920 230130) or online at www.gigsandtours.com.
Subject to license.
Super Furry Animals will tour the UK in the autumn.