Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

OUT OF HIBERNATION ; the Super Furry Animals Have Woken Up from a Five-Year Hiatus for a New Tour - but Will There Be a New Record?

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

OUT OF HIBERNATION ; the Super Furry Animals Have Woken Up from a Five-Year Hiatus for a New Tour - but Will There Be a New Record?

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AFTER a couple of days trying to track him down, Super Furry Animals bassist Guto Pryce is finally on the end of the phone.

He apologies, in lively Welsh tones and laughter; the band has been deep in rehearsals for weeks now, and once they get going it's hard to stop.

"Although we've been rehearsing hanging around doing nothing, too," Guto jokes. "Which is true to life for a tour."

The preparations are for the band's live return following a five year hiatus from Super Furry life (not music, though: frontman Gruff Rhys is on solo album four and has a second band, Neon Neon; guitarist Cian Ciaran has become a producer and released two solo albums; drummer Dafydd Ieuan formed The Peth and The Earth; Huw Bunford has The Pale Blue Dots; and Guto himself created Gulp with wife Lindsey Leven to huge critical acclaim).

The fact they're all lost in music together is a pretty encouraging sign that this reunion - prompted by the 15th anniversary of their Welsh album Mwng - could be more than just a tour.

"We've purely come together to do some gigs and see how it goes after the summer," says Guto.

"Rehearsing and doing gigs is taking a hell of a lot of time so we'll have to see about writing.

"Before, when we were either touring or recording, we were constantly in each other's company and coming up with musical ideas. It was quite easy to step into a studio.

"The line when we stopped playing was hibernation, because that was a nice joke with the animal thing. But our lives have all changed; the relationship isn't as intense any more.

"It'd be great to make a record, but I don't know when we'll do it. We've got zero pressure."

Still a maybe to new material, then. And none on this tour, which will instead see them play a lot of Mwng as well as cuts from their eight other studio albums.

Mwng won't get the full anniversary treatment, but it will mark a first for the band; back in 2000, they never played it in Wales.

"We didn't want it to turn into a flag waving, rugby match, Max Boyce environment," Guto explains. …

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