Gruff Rhys

About Gruff Rhys

One of the great pop eccentrics of his generation, Gruff Rhys emerged in the mid-'90s as the frontman for the Welsh neo-psychedelic quintet Super Furry Animals. Debuting as impish guitar pranksters, Super Furry Animals quickly developed an appetite for adventure, a sensibility maintained in his work outside the band. Rhys stepped out on SFA while the group was still active, releasing the Welsh-language solo debut Yr Atal Genhedlaeth in 2005 and teaming up with Boom Bip for the electro-pop duo Neon Neon, whose 2008 album Stainless Style earned wide acclaim. Once Super Furry Animals retired in 2010, Rhys pursued a number of ambitious creative projects, ranging from the 2014 multimedia project American Interior and the orchestral 2018 LP Babelsberg to Seeking New Gods, a myth-making exercise about a volcano mixed by Mario Caldato, Jr. of Beastie Boys fame.

Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales
July 18, 1970

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