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Super Furry Animals album, single and tour news

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 band’s 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 band’s 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 listing is:

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 year’s MTV 5 Night Stand and on the band’s 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 band’s 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 Bethesda.

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, Bethesda, Gwynedd
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), Andy’s 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.


© suw charman 2002 2003 unless otherwise stated

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