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Gruff Rhys releasing ‘Hotel Shampoo’, playing Schubas, & other 2011 dates


The Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys, is set to release his third solo LP titled Hotel Shampoo on May 3rd via Wichita Recordings. He’ll headline NYC’s Knitting Factory on May 18th, kicking off a month-long North American tour with Wales’ Y Niwi. Not only will Y Niwi serve as Gruff’s opening act, but also as his backing band. The two will hit Chicago on June 9th, to play Schubas. Tickets are still available, and I strongly suggest purchasing some now as this is a must see bill.

Gruff Rhys checks in with third solo album, Hotel Shampoo, his most ambitious and fully realized yet. Hotel Shampoo is inspired by, and takes its title from, Gruff’s extensive collection of mini shampoo bottles and complimentary hotel products acquired whilst touring the world. “Having never kept a journal these items have become like diary entries, triggering memories of all those buildings and random people I’ve met and inspiring songs on the album.”

Hotel Shampoo‘s reception desk and opener “Shark Ridden Waters” (available for free download via the widget below) is a slice of kaleidoscopic, cinematic pop music produced by Andy Votel. A dozen equally sumptuous songs follow with Gruff’s highly original, cliché-free lyrics ranging over a wide spectrum of topics. Uplifting, mariachi-tinged “Sensations In The Dark” celebrates discovering music, eco politics is discussed on “Conservation Conversation”, colonization invades 60s style stomp “Christopher Columbus” and “Patterns Of Power” touches on inequality over wailing, distorted guitar. Love in it’s various guises also features heavily – from sugar sweet “Honey All Over”, string drenched “At The Heart Of Love”, achingly beautiful ballad “If We Were Words (We Would Rhyme)” to “Space Dust #2″; a tale of short-lived, seminar-sparked romance in the form of a duet with El Perro Del Mar. In addition to vocals, Gruff has played much of the instrumentation himself with the album mostly recorded in north Wales before being mixed in LA.

You can stream Hotel Shampoo in its entirety via the widget below.

While you’re down there, check out all of Gruff Rhys’ 2011 tour dates, plus his music video for “Shark Ridden Waters”.

Wed 5/18 Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
Thu 5/19 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Fri 5/20 Washington, DC @Red Palace
Sat 5/21 Carrboro, NC @Local 506
Sun 5/22 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Tue 5/24 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
Wed 5/25 Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
Fri 5/27 Austin, TX @ Mohawk
Sat 5/28 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
Tue 5/31 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
Wed 6/01 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Thu 6/02 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop/ Popscene
Fri 6/03 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Sat 6/04 Vancouver, Canada @ Biltmore
Sun 6/05 Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
Wed 6/08 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
Thu 6/09 Chicago, IL @ Schubas
Fri 6/10 Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room
Sat 6/11 Toronto, Canada @ Horseshoe Tavern
Tue 6/14 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Wed 6/15 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge

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