Super Furry Animals form part of the wave of Welsh bands who have raised the cultural profile of Wales in recent years, transforming Cardiff into a mecca for chequebook-wielding A&Rs and style-bible babes. But to lump the Super Furries alongside Celtic contemporaries, Catatonia, Stereophonics, 60-ft Dolls, is to do little justice to their smart, psychedelic pop and the sparkling invention of their live shows.
At Wolverhampton, a multitude of television screens flickered across the stage as if the band had stumbled across a Gillianesque vision of the future. Kaleidoscopic patterns from the monitors were reflected on the singer's pallid face, adding to his enervated appearance. As he scrolled through Super Furries classics, the band's trademark whimsy took on a tragic tone with Rhys's voice stretching to cracking point. Even as the crowd called his name and chanted "Wales, Wales, Wales" he remained unsmiling.Reuse content