Listen to Gruff Rhys' "American Interior"
Thu, 12 Jun 2014 10:51:58
Gruff Rhys is gearing up for the November 4 release of his new album American Interior.
You need to care because he is flipping the script.
There is a lot of info and even some music at the end of this post, so pay attention, especially if you are a history-o-phile.
The album is part of a multimedia exploration of his 2012 American "investigative concert tour" told in song, documentary film, book and app form.
In 2012, Gruff, known around music circles for his work with Super Furry Animals and Neon Neon, as well as his collaborations with Gorillaz, Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse, Mogwai, Sabrina Salerno and Simian Mobile Disco, toured the United States, seeking out the final resting place of his distant relative John Evans, who left Wales in 1792 on a quest to find a mythical tribe of Welsh speaking First Nation Americans.
The 2012 tour began in New Haven, Connecticut, where Evans' personal map is said to reside. From there Gruff followed in his relative's footsteps as he investigated Evans's significance in American history, the true circumstances of his death and the secret location of his burial. Using film, written word, photo-story, social media and song to create a documentary road movie, book and album, Gruff captures the tale of John Evans epic, and ultimately fatal, journey in his own captivating and inimitable style.
Mind equals blown.
The American Interior project was inspired by John Evans, a 22-year old laborer, who responded to a plea for a brave soul to ascertain if there was indeed a tribe of Welsh-speaking First Nation Americans still walking the Great Plains, descendants of Prince Madog (widely believed at the time to have discovered America in 1170). During the course of an extraordinary adventure, Evans wrestled the largest river reptiles ever seen in the Mississippi, hunted Bison with the Omaha tribe, defected to the Spanish in St Louis, discovered imaginary volcanoes in Missouri, annexed North Dakota from the British, and created the map that guided Lewis and Clarke on their legendary expedition.
Two centuries later, Gruff Rhys embarks on the same trip and returns with one of the most inventive albums of the year.
We LOVE everything about this! It's so inspired and rich with life lived and history. It deserves your attention.
American Interior Track Listing:
1. American Exterior
2. American Interior
3. 100 Unread Messages
4. The Whether (Or Not)
5. The Last Conquistador
6. Lost Tribes
7. Liberty (Is Where We'll Be)
8. Allweddellau Allweddol
9. The Swamp
11. Walk Into the Wilderness
12. Year of the Dog
13. Tiger's Tale
And there are more tour dates!
November 6 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
November 7 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
November 8 New York, NY @ Baby's All Right
November 10 Toronto, ON @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
November 11 Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch
November 12 Chicago, IL @ Schuba's
November 14 Seattle, WA @ Barboza
November 15 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
November 18 San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
November 20 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
For ticket info, visit gruffrhys.com.
And finally, listen to the title track below.
Are you all about Gruff Rhys and his musical and life expedition?