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Super Furry Animals is a Welsh rock band that leans towards psychedelic rock and electronic experimentation.

Super Furry Animals is a Welsh rock band that leans towards psychedelic rock and electronic experimentation. Since their formation in Cardiff, Wales in 1993, the band has consisted of Gruff Rhys (lead vocals, guitar), Huw Bunford (lead guitar, vocals), Guto Pryce (bass guitar), Cian Ciaran (keyboards, synthesizers, various electronics, occasional guitar, vocals) and Dafydd Ieuan (drums, vocals). The name of the band came from T-shirts being printed by Rhys' sister. She was making Super Furry Animals T-shirts for the fashion and music collective Acid Casuals.

Their debut album, “Fuzzy Logic” was released in 1996 on Creation Records. It contained two Top 20 hits in “If You Don't Want Me to Destroy You” and “Something 4 the Weekend.” It also contained the singles “God! Show Me Magic” “Hometown Unicorn.” The album reached #23 in the U.K. Albums chart.

“Radiator,” their second album, was issued in 1997 on Creation. It peaked at #8 on the U.K. Albums chart. They followed in 1999 with the release of “Guerrilla.” “Guerrilla” was conceived as a commercial pop album and was produced by the band themselves, as regular producer Gorwel Owen felt exhausted after a busy schedule working for other bands. The album peaked at #10 in the U.K.

Super Furry Animals’ fourth album, “Mwng,” was released in 2000 on the band's own record label, Placid Casual, following the demise of their former label Creation. The album was their first to have lyrics written entirely in the Welsh language, including the album’s title. The album included the single “Ysbeidiau Heulog,” and reached #11 on the U.K. Albums chart following its release becoming the first Welsh-language album to reach the Top 20.

“Rings Around the World,” their fifth studio album and the major label debut was released in 2001 by Epic Records and was the first album by any artist to be simultaneously released on both audio CD and DVD. The record reached #3 on the U.K. Albums chart and included the singles “Juxtapozed with U,” “(Drawing) Rings Around the World” and “It's Not the End of the World?” Critical reception was generally positive with the album being nominated for 2001's Mercury Music Prize.

In 2003 the band issued “Phantom Power” on Epic Records. It was recorded at the band's own studio, AV Happenings, in Cardiff with the Super Furries producing and engineering themselves for the first time. The album peaked at #4 on the U.K. Albums chart marking their first Top 5 entry.

Their seventh album, “Love Kraft” was released by Epic in 2005. The album was recorded in Spain with producer Mario Caldato Jr and was something of a departure for the band, with all members contributing songs and lead vocals alongside Gruff Rhys who had been main songwriter for the Super Furries until this point. It reached #19 on the U.K. Albums chart.

“Hey Venus!” followed in 2007 and was the band's first full-length release on current label Rough Trade Records and, at just over 36 minutes, is also their shortest-running studio release. It peaked at #19 in the U.K.

Their second Rough Trade release, “Dark Days/Light Years” was issued in 2009 and peaked at #23 on the U.K. Albums chart. The band originally planned to record the album in Miraval, France like their previous effort “Hey Venus!,” but decided to record in Cardiff with a considerably lower budget than previous efforts.


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