SFA toured America in November. Dates as follows:
Nov 1 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Nov 2 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nov 5 - New York
Nov 6 - New York
Nov 7 - Boston, Massachusetts
Nov 8 - Washington, DC
Nov 9 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nov 10 - Norfolk, Virginia
Nov 11 - Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Nov 12 - Atlanta, Georgia
Nov 15 - Houston, Texas
Nov 16 - Austin, Texas
Nov 17 - Dallas, Texas
Nov 19 - Lawrence, Kansas
Nov 20 - Chicago, IL
Nov 21 - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nov 24 - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nov 25 - Seattle, Washington
Nov 26 - Portland, Oregon
Nov 28 - San Francisco, California
Nov 29 - Hollywood, California
Nov 30 - Anaheim, California
Dec 1 - San Diego, California
On 12th October SFA played with The Fall at the Queen's Hall in London as part of the John Peel day gigs, followed by a gig by Acid Casuals actually on John Peel day 13th October at the Barfly,Cardiff.
18th-20th October SFA played dates in Japan in Osaka and Tokyo.
SFA were on tour with support from El Goodo, and Goldie Lookin Chain at the London and Port Talbot dates. Dates were:
14th September- Norwich UEA
15th Manchester Academy
16th Glasgow Barrowlands
17th Leeds University
19th Reading Hexagon
20th Birmingham Academy
21st Nottingham Rock City
22nd London Brixton Academy
23rd Liverpool University
24th Port Talbot Afan Lido
26th Douglas Villa Marina
27th Dublin Olympia
SFA played a warm up date for the tour on Saturday 10th September in Bridgwater, Somerset.
Finally a new Super Furries single, Lazer Beam, was released 15th August and charted at number 28 with the album Love Kraft (my local sex shop!!) following on 22nd August.
Gruff Rhys played a solo set at this years National Eisteddfod on Wednesday 3rd August at Time in Bangor, and also played a surprise appearance on the 6th in the Greeks.
SFA have just played a few gigs:
6th July- Barry Memorial Hall
8th July- Somerset House, London (open air gig)
9th July- T in the Park, near Glasgow
10th July- Oxegen Festival, near Dublin
15th July- Sesiwn Fawr, Dolgellau
16th July- Ashton Court Festival, Bristol
19th August- Secret Garden festival, Cambridge
20th August- V2005, Chelmsford
21st August- V2005, Weston Park, Staffordshire
Gruff DJed in Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff as part of the Welsh Rare Beat compilation launch on 23rd July with Andy Votel.
Super Furries have finished a low-key tour to preview some of their new stuff, and of course pictures will be appearing here! The dates are:
22nd May- Preston - 53 Degrees
23rd May- Oxford - Brookes Uni
24th May- Coventry - Colisseum
25th May- Wrexham- Newi
27th May- Ullapool- Town Hall
28th May- Dundee- Fat Sams
29th May- Whitehaven - Civil Hall
30th May- Newcastle- Evolution Festival
Gruff Rhys played a solo tour of Wales in February 2005 with Kerrdd Dant and Alun Tan Lan, as well as a few European and New York dates, and is set to play gigs in Iceland and Finland this month. Healso be played a gig in Aberdeen on 26th April as part of the Triptych festival which SFA appeared in last year.
Gruff Rhys played a solo gig in Dublin to a 100 capacity crowd in January and is currently on a tour of Europe.
Gruff Rhys will be releasing his debut solo album Yr Atal Genhedlaeth on the 24th January, with his single Gwn Mi Wn now.
Friday 14th January 2005 went to ther Maes B gig in the Toucan but managed to miss all the bands, doh! Headliners were Radio Luxembourg with support from Cate Tomothy and Tew Shady.
Sunday 16th Jan was an all day gig at the Toucan to raise money for the Tsunami fund. Only saw a few bands, one was Captain Paranoid, but nothing memorable about them, and Zabrinski who played an awful set.
Friday 28th Jan went to a Tsunami gig at the Coal Exchange, Cardiff which GLC were meant to headline but didn't bother turning up to!! Saw Hanner Pei who were really good, and Pep Le Pew.
Saturday 29th was Dockrad records night at Clwb Ifor Bach. Only saw headliners Ashokan who played a good, entertaining set.
Tuesday 8th February went to very rainy Bethesda for the first Welsh date of the Gruff Rhys tour at Neuadd Ogwen. Support was Alun Tan Lan, and there was no alcohol at all in the building, but still Gruff played a brilliant very enjoyable set.
Sunday 13th February was Gruff Rhys at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff. Managed to miss Alun Tan Lan and Brokenleaf as turned up too late, but saw MC Mabon's mad Kerrdd Dant performance, annd this time Gruff Rhys told his stories bilingually for the first time on the tour.
Monday 14th February was the best date of the GR tour I went to at Theatr Y Weri, Aberystwyth. Gruff played an amazing set to a admiring audience, and of course there was also Kerrdd Dant...
Friday 17th saw Gogz at the Toucan, who were much better than the last time I saw them supporting Winabego.
Friday 25th February was Abri night at Toucan. Only went to see Kenavo who were first on, who played a short set which was very raw, yet very good. Left before headliners Mattoidz could come on.
Saturday 26th February was Sebon at Clwb Ifor Bach. Saw a bit of support David Mysterious who were not impressive at all, then headliners MC Sleifar a'r Teulu played a drunken, yet still great set.
Friday 4th March saw a little bit of Gwilym Morus at the Cymdeithas gig in The Coopers, Aberystwyth. Next on were Winabego who played a brilliant set as usual although the sound was a bit dodgy. Saw one of Mattoidz set and swiftly headed downstairs!
Tuesday 8th March only saw a couple of songs at El Goodo's 'secret' gig, but they were good anyway. Headliners the Noisettes were not my normal taste, but the singer had loads of energy and a good voice, and was completely mad!
Wednesday 16th March saw MC Sleifar a'r Teulu perform in a very small space with a very bad sound system in the Goat Major in Cardiff.
Saturday 19th March after Wales won the Grand Slam of the 6th Nations, was very drunk so turned up in Clwb after Ummh had played!
Friday 25th March was Abri night at The Toucan. Alun Tan Lan was headlining and played a good set with a band (well one guitarist!), as well as support Winabego who played a great set. Gwych!
Saturday 2nd April was a very quiet Sebon night in Clwb. Missed Mattoidz (shame), but caught headliners Acoustique who wee a jazz band with a female lead singer with an amazing voice.
Friday 8th April was the first date of the Maes B tour in the Toucan in Cardiff. Headlining was Texas Radio Band, with Gintis, The Poppies and MC Saizamundo, although missed Gintis cos popped out for a cheaper drink!!
Saturday 9th Gogz were playing in Clwb Ifor Bach. Another band that seems to have improved over the last few months, although not brilliant. Missed all the support as turned up to late as usual!
Saturday 16th April saw Boom Bip in Clwb with Bravecaptain and Drone in support. Drone were a bit quiet, and Bravecaptain played with a full band and did a much better set than the usual sitting in front of a laptop set! Headliners Boom Bip were good, although they weren't as good as I expected them to be (should have gone to the El Goodo gig in Swansea instead!)
Wednesday 20th april went along to the Goat Major where Y Moddion were playing, a nice acoustique setup formed by part of Gilespi (good album by the way, diolch i Recordiau Dockrad!)and Cravos was djing.
Friday 6th May went to see My Red Cell at the Barfly, Cardiff. They played a good, energetic, sweaty set to a packed room. Support was Dogs.
Saturday 7th May saw Cofi Bach a Tew Shady in Clwb, who were really good, although I felt sorry for them as at the beginning of the set there were only 4 audience members. Aciidently missed Skep bar the last 30 seconds which was a shame.
Wednesday 18th May was the Ciwdod Records one year birthday party at the Point in Cardiff Bay featuring Tew Shady a Cofi Bach, who played a great set to an audience much larger than the previous week in Clwb, and headliners were the much improved The Poppies. Also there were free goody bags and loads of free sweets!!!
Saturday 21st was Sebon night in Clwb. Support were Radio Luxembourg, including some of the predecessors of Mozz, who played a brilliant set, and headliners were Mattoidz who played a better set than usual.
Monday 23rd was the start of an exhausting week when I trekked down to Oxford to see Super Furries. They returned in style, to the sadly not even sold out gig, and proved that they can still continue to make amazing songs.
Tuesday 24th went to Coventry for the next leg of the SFA tour, and was the first time SFA had played there (also the first time I had been there!). Once again an amazing atmosphere and built up my anticipation for forthcoming Love Kraft.
Friday 27th was back in Cardiff for the El Goodo and Zabrinski gig in the Barfly. Both bands were brilliant, but I think El Goodo stole the show.
Saturday 28th after no sleep got the bus up to Dundee to see Super Furries. The gig was well worth it with a brilliant set, and an electric atmosphere with a good crowd in Fat Sam's. This was the best gig of the tour that I went to, proving that SFA can always put on a brilliant show at their Scottish gigs.
Thursday 2nd June saw MC Sleifar a'r Teulu and headliners were Llwybr Llaethog, although there was hardly anyone at the gig which was a shame.
Sunday 5th June went to an extremely packed Millers Tavern in Cardiff to see Marissa Nadler who was a folky singer with a brilliant voice, and apparently tipped to be the next big thing.
Wednesday 8th June went to see My Red Cell play a very low key support slot in the Barfly, but managed to turn up after they'd finished!Doh! Saw the headliners who were a bit boring, can't remember who they were.
Friday 9th June saw Kentucky AFC play in The Toucan. The set started a bit slowly, but they are still in good form and played a rocky set. Headliners were Sibrydion (former Big Leaves/Beganifs) who seemed a lot better than the last time I saw them a while back)
Tuesday 28th June El Goodo played a brilliant set in Clwb Ifor Bach, but unfortunately there weren't many people there to appreciate them which was a shame.
Wednesday 6th July SFA played a warm up for the summer festivals at Barry Memorial Hall where they previewed their new lightsuits which glow in the dark! They played a lot of the new songs from the forthcoming Love Kraft. Surprise, surprise, support was from Zabrinski!
Friday 8th July the London Somerset House SFA gig still went ahead, even though it was threatened by the previous day's bombing atrocity, and although the atmosphere was subdued, it was an amazing gig in surround sound. No prizes for guessing the support; it was Zabrinski
Thursday 14th July at the last minute went to see The Raveonettes in the Barfly, Cardiff who were better than expected.
Friday 15th July went up to Dolgellau for the brilliant Sesiwn Fawr. After pitching up the tents saw the end of Sibrydion, then MC Sleifar a'r Teulu, a bit of Kila Kella and of course the amazing Super Furries, who played a fantastic set!
Saturday 16th spent all day travelling back to Cardiff to drop off the tent before heading over to the Bristol Ashton Court Festival. After facing the worst transport system ever and a huge, steep hill managed to miss the first few songs of SFA's set, but somehow got the energy to dance through the rest which was great, although not as good as the previous day's.
Saturday 23rd July went to see Gruff Rhys DJing in Clwb Ifor Bach which was great until my bag and all its contents got nicked :(
Friday 5th August was the first day of the Compass Point festival. The best bands who played were Melys, Ashokan and Poppies. Also saw bits of Queen Adreena, Biffy Clyro and Captain Paranoid.
Saturday 6th was the hip hop day of Compass Point festival. Accidently missed MC Saizamundo cos was drinking in the 'VIP' bar, but caught the end of Cofi Bach a Tew Shady. Also saw the Headcase Ladz and Optimus Prime.
Thursday 11th August went down to Maida Vale studio's in London to see Super Furries record a session for Radio 1. The sound in the studio was amazing when they played 6 tracks from Love Kraft.
Friday 12th August, went up to the Miri Madog festival in Porthmadog with The Keys. After being stuck in traffic for 2 and a half hours on the M4, nearly didn't make it in time, but arrived just in time for Kentucky AFC before the Keys played, and also saw a bit of Anweledig and MC Saizamundo.
Saturday 13th was the second day of Miri Madog. After a good nights sleep in the big bandit tent, got absolutely soaked in the torrential rain before seeing Radio Luxembourg, Ashokan, the Poppies, Sibrydion, Zabrinski, Acid Casuals and Topper.
Wednesday 17th, randomly saw a band in the Barfly, cardiff called Outlaw, who were about 11!! Also saw the Mascara Story and another band, who weren't my type of music.
Wednesday 24th El Goodo played as support for a band I can't remember. The set was more shambolic than usual, but they still pulled it off with style!
September 3rd saw MC Saizamundo in Clwb Ifor Bach doing his usual ranting, supported by Y Llofruddion.
Saturday 10th september went down to dodgy Bridgwater Somerset to see Super Furries supported by El Goodo. Both bands played a brilliant set, was a great night in all.
Monday 12th September saw Ashokan's first performance at the Barfly, Cardiff. They were bottom of the bill, below headliners Jonny Panic, but deserved to be the headliners compared to the other bands.
Friday 16th September was the first date of the Love Kraft toue. Trekked up to Glasgow again, and saw SFA play what I found to be the best date on the tour with the band on top form, and there being and amazing atmosphere in the Barrowlands with a great crowd. El Goodo who were support also played a great set amd went down well with the audience. Afterwards was the aftershow party in the art school where Gruff, Guto and Bunf were doing a DJ set and had a good dance and met a lot of people who visit the site! :)
Monday 19th September was the next installment of the LK tour in the Reading Hexagon. The crowd were as dead as doorknobs which was a shame because SFA still played a great set. The get together after the gig backstage was livelier anyway!
Tuesday 20th September drove up in El Goodo's van to Bimingham Academy (the first of three Academy gigs on the tour!). The atmosphere was great as SFA and El Goodo played great sets again, and had a brilliant and very different view of the set from the balcony backstage alongside the stage. Met a lot of interesting people afterwards backstage.
Thursday 21st September was the SFA gig in Brixton Academy. El Goodo seemed to go down quite well and the SFA set was amazing, some of the highlights being joined on stage by GLC for Motherfokker, then went off to the aftershow at Plan B which was, um...interesting!
Friday 22nd after being accosted by police in Bedford Travelodge for a stolen duvet from early on in the tour we eventually arrived in Liverpool. Had another stunning meal pre-gig (thanks to Chris the chef and Rebecca) before El Goodo had the best reception that they had on the tour. The enthusiasm stayed for SFA, for what I found to be the next best night on the tour to Glasgow. Had a 'few' drinks on the SFA tourbus before heading off to the aftershow do at Le Bateau, where danced madly while Gruff, Guto and Bunf did a DJ set.
Saturday 24th was unfortuntely the last night of the tour for me, in Port Talbot. The sound in the venue was not the best seeing as the Afan Lido is a leisure centre, but El Goodo went down well with the home crowd, and SFA played another roaring set! Unfortunately the aftershow gathering afterwards was the worst on the tour as strangely it was one of the only nights that didn't have anything planned, even though it was the only Welsh date.
Wednesday 5th October was back in Cardiff and saw El Goodo play in Moloko's which is not at all suited to bands, but still they managed to just about pull it off.
Wednesday 12th October went to the John Peel day gig at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. The gig was started by The Fall, followed by Laura Cantrell, Jawbone, Misty In Roots, Venetian Snares and New Order, who were preceded by the amazing Super Furry Animals. A fitting tribute to an amazing man.
Thursday 13th October was John Peel Day where I went to see Acid Casuals in the Barfly, Cardiff. They sounded great, although not their full potential due to venues restrictions. Support was DJ Scotch Egg and Culprit One, who I didn't see a lot of. After the AC set Guto SFA did a DJ set, which brought back memories of the tour!
Saturday 15th saw El Goodo with support from The Afternoons and Shy Magnolias in Clwb Ifor Bach. This was the best set i'd seen El Goodo play for a while, and the SM's were great too.
Saturday 22nd saw the end of the set by The Jan Watkins Band, upstairs in Dempseys, Cardiff. They sounded quite raw and promising.
Saturday 29th October was a brilliant line up at Clwb. First one was Wyrligigs, who were brilliant musicians considering they were only about 15. Next on was the amazing Jakokoyak, and headlining were ever improving Poppies.
Friday 4th November unexpectedly saw Camera downstairs in Clwb, who were quite good, and very loud.
Saturday 5th November was Drymbago at Clwb, who are great to dance to, shame the place was full of rugby boys.
Sunday 13th November was Boobytrap's 5th birthday bash in Clwb Ifor Bach. Apart from a lot of billed artists not turning up, El Goodo, The Keys and MC Sleifar a'r Teulu were great, also saw bits of The Crimea, Attack+Defend and TV-OD.
Thursday 17th November was in Clwb (again!) for a brilliant line-up with Cofi Bach a Tew Shady headlining, who played a great set, and Syn-d-Cut support with Edz doing some great beatboxing, and first on was Lo-Cut's first solo set.
Saturday 19th November saw Gilespi and Bob in Clwb. Gilespi could barely fit on the stage with 8 members and had a very slight Gorkyness to them, and Bob who were headlining were very rock and good.
Sunday 4th December was Adem in Clwb Ifor Bach. Accidently turned up late which means I only saw the last song of Rich James' set (whoops!), and Adem played an acoustic gig with no band support, as he had had previously when I saw him supporting SFA, but was still really good.
Friday 9th December saw The Poppies in Karl's Bar in UWIC, Cardiff, supported by the Wave Machine. The Wave Machine were alright, but Poppies were brilliant, great songs with loads of energy.
Thursday 15th, first went to see The Keys play in Buffalo Bar, Cardiff, who played a great set, before I headed off to Clwb Ifor Bach where first on was Mwsog, who were brilliant, followed by Ummh with MC Sleifar and Nobsta Nuts MCing, which was an amazing night in all.
Friday 16th saw The Innercity Pirates (formerly My Red Cell) at the Cardiff Barfly, who played a good set of the old songs alongside the new stuff under their new name.
Wednesday 21st December went along to Barfly where Kilo-C was playing, and had interesting lyrics such as "I am a fax machine"!
31st December spent the last day of the year in Clwb Ifor Bach, turned up too late to see Radio Luxembourg unfortunately, but managed to see all of Ashokan's set who played the usual songs alongside some New Year's themed ones!