SUPER FURRY ANIMALS have revealed that their infamous onstage yetis will be replaced this year by something “so new it doesn’t even have a name”.
The band are currently on a stripped-down tour of small towns in advance of their new album ‘Love Kraft’, due in August.
On shows for their ‘Phantom Power’ tours, the band – who once drove an armoured tank through a Reading crowd – would come onstage at the end dressed as yetis, before those super furry animals were massacred onstage at London Hammersmith Apollo in April last year. They were ‘resurrected’ later that year for festivals.
But on tour in Wrexham this week, singer Gruff Rhys told NME.COM that by the end of the year, their show would be back to full extravagance: “We’re building up, it’s gonna get mental in the next few months. We’re gonna be adding elements to the show. We have people behind the scenes working on new technology.”
Rumours have been circulating that the band’s new costumes will be robots, which Gruff admitted was close to the mark: “There is gonna be something but it’s gonna be post-robots. It’s very futuristic, whereas the robot is history. The thing is, this thing is so new it doesn’t even have a name.”
The band have been playing new songs from ‘Love Kraft’ on their tour, including the first single ‘Laser Beam’, out August 1, alongside ‘Atomik Lust’, ’Zoom!’, ’Ohio Heat’, ’Frequency’, ‘The Horn’ and ‘Cloudberries’.
Of the album, Gruff said: “What I’m hoping is there’s talk of a heatwave hitting on August 12, and the album’s coming out on the 15th. We recorded it in intense heat, and mixed it, in Catalonia and Brazil. So because we’re not used to the heat, we ended up making a really slow album that’s really dense, really hazy. Not that you should make your record weather-dependent, but we think August is the month to release it.”
Gruff also admitted that the album title was partially inspired by the early science-fiction writer HP Lovecraft, whose work has also been a major influence on The Coral: “It could be about that, but there’s many aspects to the title,” he said. “It could be like Kraftwerk. Or the love of our craft. Or a vehicle like a hovercraft. It was almost ‘Kraft Love’, but it ended up being ‘Love Kraft’.”