Super Furry Animals

Offbeat Welsh popsters Super Furry Animals captivated a near sell-out audience at the UEA last night with a visual and aural feast.

By RICHARD FRYER

Offbeat Welsh popsters Super Furry Animals captivated a near sell-out audience at the UEA last night with a visual and aural feast.

Using surround sound and hi-tech videos is all very well if you have the songs to match and they mostly certainly do.

Many bands wither and fade after a decent debut album but the Super Furrys have continued to make slightly surreal pop classics. From the lush Beatles pop harmonies and layers of orchestration of Receptacle for the Respectable to the frantic God Show Me Magic, they cross genres. They span techno and psychedelia to country-tinged tunes.


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They are also masters of the bitter sweet.

The seemingly haunting and ethereal It's Not The End of the World? was accompanied by topical images of world destruction and thought provoking political and religious imagery.

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It's all mixed in with the Tijuana Brass-tinged and poppy Northern Lights and the current single Juxtapose with U with its cry for world peace – “You've got to tolerate all those people that you hate”.

This is one band who know how to cleverly mix their metaphors. One of the best gigs of the year so far.

Sweet and sour visual and aural but ultimately stunning. One of the gig's of the year so far.

 

 

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