Super Furry Animals have released their first single in seven years ahead of Wales’ Euro 2016 campaign.
It’s the Welsh band’s first new music since 2009’s ‘Dark Days/Light Years’ album and comes ahead of their nation’s football team competing in this summer’s European Championship. ‘Bing Bong’ is out now. Scroll below to listen via Spotify and watch their video for the track via The Guardian.
Speaking to The Line Of Best Fit, the band’s Cian Ciaran said: “When we got together initially the reason why we were there was to make a song for the Euros, but as it was the first material we’ve made in seven years, we wanted it to be a Furrys song as well. We wanted to make sure the two ideas could co-exist – it being a Furrys and a football song in one. I think we managed it.”
He added: “It’s not the most obvious song, but it kinda hits the nail on the head – it’s got the chants, it’s got the tempo changes like you get on the terraces, it’s got a singalongability. You never know, but sometimes the most unlikely songs make it onto the terraces. We wanted to write a Furrys song and hope that it makes it to the tournament. It’s like that White Stripes song, “Seven Nation Army” – they didn’t write that as a football anthem!”
A press release cites the “inspirational rise” of the Welsh football team and proclaims that the song sees the band “emerging from the studio to spread hope and harmony in a reinvention of the totemic, communal anthem.”
A band statement says: “Let’s come together this summer, in song and let that song be ‘Bing Bong’.”
The song will not be the official Wales anthem, however, which has been recorded by Manic Street Preachers.
As previously reported, Super Furry Animals will play a gig in France to coincide with Wales’ first game of their Euro 2016 campaign.
This summer’s competition represents the first time Wales have qualified for a major tournament since the 1958 World Cup – and their first ever appearance at the Euros. Wales play Slovakia in Bordeaux for their first game on June 11 before later facing England and Russia.
Super Furry Animals will play live in Toulouse on June 10.
Last year saw the band open Wales’ European qualifier against Belgium with an on-field performance at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Also confirmed today is the news that Super Furry Animals will headline Margate festival By The Sea in September.