Rise of the Super Furry Animals tells the story of the greatest psychedelic pop band of our time. Welsh speakers with a lust for global communication, the Super Furry Animals shot to fame on Creation Records and found that, thanks to the record sales of label-mates Oasis, they suddenly had a vast budget to play with. Wasting time, they bought an army tank and equipped it with a tech sound-system, caused national security alerts with 60-foot inflatable monsters, went into the Colombian jungle with armed Guerrilla fighters, and drew up plans to convert an aircraft carrier into a nightclub. Yet SFA's crazed adventures only tell half the story. By mixing up electronic beats, surf rock, Japanese culture and more, the band recorded some of the most acclaimed albums of the millennium, all the while documenting the mobile phone revolution in their uniquely surreal way. Written with the band's own participation and housed in a jacket designed by Pete Fowler, the man behind some of SFA's most iconic album covers, this is the remarkable story of their ascent to fame.
Ric Rawlins is a writer and digital producer. He worked as a music journalist for several years in London, where he produced the 'world's first online music festival' for Artrocker and did live reviews for the Evening Standard. He now lives in Bath with his wife and cat, making videos for Send a Cow. Ric first met SFA in Cardiff while they were making Dark Days/Light Years.