FURRY MANIA IN THE HOUSE

Super Furry Animals play surprise set at the city's Night And Day - with a bingo machine picking the set!...

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS marked their live comeback in MANCHESTER on Saturday (July 16) with a secret acoustic performance.

As part of their ‘Furrymania’ mini-festival, they played a special ‘acoustic matinee’ at the Night & Day Cafe. The set was dictated on the spot by a bingo machine, with numbers corresponding to tracks from their back catalogue. The eventual set was mainly comprised of old songs and B-sides, including ‘Guacamole’, ‘Gathering Moss’, ‘If You Don’t Want Me To Destroy You’, ‘She’s Got Spies’ and ‘Calimero’, which singer Gruff Rhys admitted to not remembering.

It included one new song, ‘Shoot Doris Day’. However, the random element did not prevent the band from finishing with traditional finale ‘The Man Don’t Give A Fuck’. Support came from Teflon Monkey, the first signing to the band’s Placid Casual label.

Furrymania took place over Friday and Saturday, with a screening of the ‘Rings Around The World’ DVD at the Cornerhouse cinema on Friday, and conventional show at Manchester Academy and Saturday night, and the Furrysounds club on both nights at the Cellar nightclub, where the band took control of the decks.

Saturday night saw the band’s first conventional show for a year, where tracks from ‘Rings Around The World’ were given their live debut. The new tracks were: ‘(Drawing) Rings Around The World’, ‘It’s Not The End Of The World’,

‘Receptacle For The Respectable’, ‘(A) Touch Sensitive’, ‘No Sympathy’, forthcoming single ‘Juxtapozed With U’, ‘Run! Christian, Run!’ and ‘Fragile Happiness’. The DVD film provided the video backdrop to the performance. This time however, the band broke with tradition and did not finish with ‘The Man Don’t Give A Fuck’, but ‘(A) Touch Sensitive’ which merged into a ten-minute techno sequence.

After the performance, Gruff Rhys told NME.COM about the idea for Furrymania. “The name is a joke, but it was a way to ease into touring slowly. Playing weekends and having the weeks off. And then in the summer we can do the weeks.”

Furrymania hits Glasgow next weekend (June 22-23) and London a week later (June 29-30).

While the Night & Day set was kept a secret in Manchester, ‘acoustic matinees’ have been confirmed in the other cities at the Ad Lib and Heavenly Social venues respectively.

‘Rings Around The World’ is out on July 23 through Epic. ‘Juxtapozed With U’ precedes it on July 9.