Super Furry Animals @ Highline Ballroom, NYC – pics, setlist
photos by Fresh Bread
The Aquarian: So how important is the visual counterpart of your music to you?
Gruff Rhys: It's part of our identity really. It's a continuation of the music on a slightly different level. Sometimes that helps give the music a context beyond the sleeves.
And are you concerned with balancing the visuals and music? Because I heard that that was a concern with Rings Around The World when you released that CD/DVD.
In what sense?
In making sure that when you're pairing visuals with music, that proper attention is being paid to the music and that the visuals aren't necessarily overpowering the music so the music just becomes a background track.
There's something to be said for having a video playing rather than people staring at five sweating Welsh people and sometimes it's nicer to look at an animation or something. It is funny, it can be very comforting to hide behind a projection, although we haven't used projection for a while now.
But we've got experience with it doing two albums there where we had the visual representation for every song, we worked with a lot of friends who made films and they were quite mind-boggling projects then to take. We got a collection together that kind of features film material for every album, which was great to do, but I think we missed being able to just go to a studio to record the album quickly and put it out quickly. Maybe someday we'll have the time and patience to do another visual project.
The thoroughly entertaining, sonically and visually, Super Furry Animals visited NY for a trio of shows over the weekend. I managed to catch the one at ATP on Sunday. The other two were Maxwell's on Saturday, and Highline Ballroom on Friday (9/11) which is where the pictures in this post are from. More of them, along with the setlist, below...
Super Furry Animals