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Singer Gruff talks exclusively to NME about the new album...

Super Furry Animals‘ new album is to be called ‘Guerilla’ and is a “declaration of war against mainstream music,” according to lead singer Gruff.

The album, released through Creation on June 7, was written and produced by the band, mixed by Chris Shaw and SFA and recorded at London’s Real World studios last summer.

Talking exclusively to NME, Gruff said that it was the most “uplifting, accomplished and pine-fresh” album the band had done.

Their third studio album and the follow-up to 1997’s ‘Radiator’, which Gruff said “smelled of oak”, ‘Guerilla’ will be preceded by the single ‘Northern Lites’ on May 10th. Gruff explained that the title was also a pun on the name of the band, but felt it had even more resonance in light of the NATO bombing of Kosovo, something he and the band were opposed to, since they were waging a war of their own – against the musically mediocre.

“It’s our most postive yet. It’s a disposable pop album that’s too good to throw away,” Gruff added. The band recorded around 25 songs for the LP but decided to narrow it down to a “14 song slap in the face”.

The full tracklisting now is: ‘Check It Out”Do Or Die”Turning Tide”Northern Lites”Night Vision”Wherever I Lay My Phone (That’s My Home)”Specific Ocean’ ‘Something’s Come From Nothing”The Door To This House Remains Open”The Teacher”Fire In My Heart”The Sound Of Life”Chewing Chewing Gum”Keep The Cosmic Trigger Happy’ However, Gruff said that many of the songs dropped from this album would see a release later in the year, as the band planned to record another album, “one a Welsh, downbeat album, full of acoustic songs, and also an electronic album.”

“This one was the English, happy, pop one. We were very happy when we recorded it because our pets were with us. They all appear on it too ,” he explained helpfully.

To celebrate the new release, the band are embarking on a UK tour as already announced.

The band will support Manic Street Preachers at two Irish gigs in June. The shows will take place at Belfast’s 8,000 capacity Kings Hall (June 22) and Dublin The Point (June 23).

Watch for the nme.com webchat with SFA coming shortly.

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