Brutalist yet Melodious! Wild Western yet North Walian! Spacious yet mournful! Bombastic yet Pizazz-full!
These are some of the attributes that are perhaps pinnable to the chest of this new song that goes by the name: American Interior.
It will be the theme song of the film and book of the same name but is a robust drama in it’s own right. Inspired by the unusual journey of 18th century explorer John Evans through lands that would eventually become part of today’s USA.
It was constructed and played out fast and loose – like a peaceful war, by Gruff Rhys on Guitar and vocals, Kliph Scurlock on drums, Osian Gwynedd on piano, and playing what is without argument the greatest electric mandola solo in the history of recorded song – Alun Tan Lan.
The frontier string section were arranged by Gruff ab Arwel and features:
Mari Morgan – 1st violin
Francesca Simmons – 2nd violin
Rebecca Homer – viola
Elen Ifan – cello
It was recorded initially by Bright Eyes’s Mike Mogis in Omaha, Nebraska and finished up and mixed by Ali Chant in St Pauls, Bristol.
Recommended: listen loudly through massive speakers and simultaneously plug in a hair dryer and aim towards the top half of your forehead – It will help give the impression that you’re standing on top of a canyon in a cosmic sandstorm or something similar.
Zanne Wedelstaedt, Music Editor.
Midnight screening of Phil Collins’s peerless parable of commerce and fantasy: This Unfortunate Thing Between Us
Featuring the music and the odd visual appearance of Gruff Rhys and Y Niwl.
Featuring Renegade West Coasters:
(songs & power point presentation)
(live art and DJ set)
Presenting ‘American Interior’ and other artifacts at:
Aberteifi – Cardigan
3rd May 2014
7pm – tan yr hwyr
In 2012 I embarked on an investigative concert tour of the American Interior, retracing the steps, and looking for the grave of a relative called John Evans.
John Evans left Wales for Baltimore in 1792 and walked into the wilderness of the Allegheny mountains in search of a lost tribe of Welsh-speaking Native Americans, believed to be the descendants of Prince Madog.
Over seven eventful years, with very little in the way of resources, he embarked on a series of incredible adventures, lived with several First Nation tribes and left a trail of political chaos from which America never recovered.
I took his cue and travelled through the Midwest playing gigs and writing songs. In St Louis I picked up Kliph Scurlock from The Flaming Lips, who joined me on drums.
We powered up the Missouri River by boat, playing more shows on the shore. In Omaha we went to Mike Mogis’s Arc studio and cut a record, then carried on upriver to play the UMOnHOn and Fort Berthold reservations.
Dylan Goch who directed a film called ‘Separado!’ about my previous investigative concert tour joined me again and shot a new documentary on the way.
When I got home I wrote a book about the tour and John Evans’s epic adventure. It’s called American Interior. The film is also called American Interior. As is the album.
Just so there’s no confusion there’s an App that tells the same story in a brand new way. It’s called American Interior too.
Evans was last sighted in New Spain in 1799 under a new name: Don Juan Evans. Did he find the tribe he was looking for? What became of him? What is it that sends men and women to the ends of the Earth in the vain pursuit of glory? I’ll try and explain all in a PowerPoint presentation (across the nation) this summer. In the meanwhile here’s a trailer for the aforementioned: American Interior.
Neon Neon signing the contract for their upcoming Glasgow and Dublin shows
Next week Neon Neon and special guest H.Hawkline hit the road again and play Oran Mor in Glasgow on Wednesday the 11th, The Button Factory in Dublin on Thursday September 12th. And finally a slot at the magical Festival No 6 at Portmeirion, Wales on the Friday evening of the 13th of September.
What could possibly go wrong?
Join us for our audio video extravaganza relating to the unparalleled and polar opposite lives of Giangiacomo Feltrinelli and John Delorean the fast footed wingers (on the left and right wings) of the 20th century cultural fantasy football team and hear songs from the albums Praxis Makes Perfect and Stainless Style. Bale and Ronaldo will be there wiping our tears of joy away with dollar bills.
You can buy tickets here:
Wednesday, September 11th, Glasgow, Oran Mor TICKETS
Thursday September 12th, Dublin, Button Factory TICKETS