Super Furry Animals have spoken about the political reasons behind their decision to reissue their only all Welsh language album ‘Mwng’ on May 1, International Workers’ Day.
Speaking in the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally, frontman Gruff Rhys commented on the power of social media to display varying political opinions.
“Last time we put an album out, Twitter was around but not so much here. It’s amazing with Syriza in Greece and Podemos in Spain – they’re bringing a completely alternative viewpoint, pro-European, and they’re doing it through social media. But they’re getting completely bashed by the establishment of the media, who are completely freaked out, because it’s become so acceptable suddenly to be a right-wing bigot. We’re facing austerity in every aspect of life, and you can’t help notice the damage it’s doing here.”
The band mark the album’s reissue with a series of reunion gigs which will take place either side of the UK’s General Election on May 7. Set to play London’s Brixton Academy on May 8, Rhys lamented the possibility of a right-wing outcome. ‘It will be the start of a revolution,” the frontman said.
“It’s a battle for civilisation, this election. It could be horrific if a right-wing coalition came in; it could be the end of civilisation as we know it.”
Rhys went on to describe the choices the band have made over their nine album career, including the decision to turn down a seven-figure sum from Coca-Cola for the use of 2003 single ‘Hello Sunshine’, and instead donate the track for free to an anti-poverty charity who had complained against the brand’s treatment of their workers.
“We’ve never made comfortable career moves, really,” Rhys commented. “We could have done things extremely differently and made a load of money.”
The group will reissue their fourth studio album, ‘Mwng’ as a two-disc and triple-vinyl package to mark its 15th anniversary on May 1. The new edition will contain five tracks previously released on the US version of ‘Mwng’ under the name ‘Mwng Bach’, as well as a previously unreleased John Peel session and a full live show recorded at ATP.
‘We’d like to reissue other albums,” Rhys confirmed. “All in good time. There’s so much unreleased material around the other records, it will take some time to sift throught it.”
Super Furry Animals will play:
Gloucester Guildhall (April 28)
Cardiff University (May 1-3)
Glasgow O2 Academy (May 5)
Manchester Albert Hall (6, 7)
London O2 Academy Brixton (8, 9)
Glastonbury Festival (June 24-28)
Summer In The City Festival (July 4)
Forgotten Fields Festival (August 7-9)
Green Man Festival (August 20-23)