Gruff Rhys played Knitting Factory & Club DeVille (pics), will do a Q&A at BAM with his movie (and other dates)
photos by Tim Griffin
Gruff Rhys @ Club DeVille
Austin venues Mohawk and Club DeVille border each other. If there's a loud show at Mohawk, a quiet show at DeVille will suffer. Thus, back on May 27th, as Gruff Rhys was taking the Deville stage he announced, "The idea is to play as many songs as we can... Before the Melvins kick in next door." Luckily, ultimately it wasn't a problem. H0key.net was there:
"The sweetness dripped heavy, especially on songs like 'Honey All Over' and 'If We Were Words (We Would Rhyme).' Gruff didn't go overboard, however. The fact that the Melvins and some other sludge metal type bands were playing next door helped out. It also gave an opportunity for Gruff to flex his wit.
Gruff also flexed his technological ability. The amount of noise gadgets that filled the stage exceeded my expectations. There were these wobbly, red light tipped, noise makers he shook every once in awhile. He had a tiny metal box with a red light shining on itself that produced sound. The coolest gadget for me was the record player he used to drop in effects and other items during songs. It's such a practical use for an old technology that you can get away with using it live and not have to drop major coin for a big computer box thingy to play sounds when needed."
Wales instrumental surf rock quartet Y Niwl opened the show, and then became Gruff's backing band, like they're doing on the entire tour that started on May 18th at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. The tour ends June 15th back in NYC at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that one are still available.
Tickets are also still available for the June 18th screening of Gruff's movie Separado! at BAM where there will be a "Q&A with co-director and film subject Gruff Rhys" (we weren't sure last time we mentioned it).
More pictures from the Austin show, some videos from the Brooklyn show, and all tour dates (including a whole bunch of newly announced European shows), below...
Gruff Rhys - Gwn Mi Wn (live@ the Knitting Factory 5/18/11)
Gruff Rhys - Skylon! (live @ the Knitting Factory 5/18/11)
Gruff Rhys - In A House With No Mirrors & Sensations In The Dark
Y Niwl - Undegsaith / Undegpump (live @ the Knitting Factory 5/18/11)
GRUFF RHYS - 2011 TOUR DATES
6/5 Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
6/8 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
6/9 Chicago, IL @ Schuba's
6/10 Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room
6/11 Toronto, Canada @ Horseshoe Tavern
6/14 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
6/15 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
6/18 Brooklyn, NY @ BAM (movie screening, Q&A)
6/23 - London, Royal Albert Hall, supporting Bright Eyes
6/26 - Glastonbury Festival
7/18 - Harrogate International Festival Fringe
7/22 - Gwyl Gardd Goll
7/23 - Truck Festival
8/05 - France, Les Nuits Secretes, Aulnoye-Aymeries
8/06 - Field Day Festival, London
9/02 - Moseley Folk Fest, Birmingham
9/03 - End Of The Road Festival
10/02 - Llandudno, North Wales Theatre
10/03 - Olympia Theatre, Dublin
10/05 - St Davids Hall, Cardiff
10/06 - Leeds, Irish Centre
10/07 - Manchester, Central Methodist Hall
10/08 - Edinburgh, Bongo Club
10/09 - Middlesbrough, The Middlesbrough Crypt
10/11 - Reading, Concert Hall
10/12 - London, Shepherds Bush Empire
10/13 - Ashford, St Mary's Church