The band hope to release the new album later this year as part of their masterplan to replace Celine Dion...

Super Furry Animals frontman GRUFF RHYS has declared war on diminutive, stadium-packing pop diva Celine Dion. The group have already commenced working on the follow-up to the Welsh language album, Mwng, which was released this week – and now they have the enemy firmly in their sights.

Gruff said: “All I know is we want to replace Celine Dion. She’s the enemy. She’s been sold to my big sister, who used to be a punk rocker.

“I want to get into the brains or ears of every big sister in the world. I just think it’s a funny thought, don’t you?”


Speaking exclusively in this week’s NME, out later today in London and available nationally tomorrow, Gruff reveals details of SFA‘s album-in-progress, which has a working title of ‘Text Messaging Is Destroying The Pub Quiz As We Know It’. He said the band, who are still signed to Creation‘s former parent company Sony, are looking for a new deal and want to sign “some kind of non-exclusive contract”.

Working titles of new songs include ‘Recepticle For The Respectable’, ‘Aluminium Illuminati’, ‘The Undisputed Truth’ and ‘(Drawing) Rings Around The World’. They plan to release the new record later this year.

Super Furry Animals appear at this year’s Carling Weekend Festivals at Reading (August 26) and Leeds (27)

For tickets to the Leeds branch of the festival, go to the Ticketshop – click here

Or Call‘s 24-hour Virgin Cola Ticketline on 0870 1 663 633. All calls are charged at the national standard rate. The band also play the Witnness festival at County Meath, Ireland from August 5-6.

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