The (suddenly) fresh-faced duo announce another slab of superior pyschedelia.
Grumbling Fur have emerged from their chrysalis with a brand new album due for release on The Quietus’ record label. Daniel O’Sullivan and the newly barbered Alexander Tucker will follow up last year’s phenomenal Glynnaestra – one of FACT’s favourite records of 2013 – with Preternaturals on August 11.
The record features a collaboration with Tim Burgess (“the Damo Suzuki of Manchester,” says Tucker) and artwork by Turner Prize nominee Mark Titchner, with whom they recently collaborated on an immersive installation at Dilston Grove gallery in south London. Among the duo’s eclectic influences this time round are Spacemen 3, Faust, Ram-era Paul McCartney, dub, New Zealand musician Alastair Galbraith, Philip K Dick and, somewhat inevitably, psychotropics.
“This is our pop record, but really every record for us is the same, it’s about encapsulating the time during which it was made,” says Tucker. “It’s about the place where it was made, too, at that point where Tottenham starts to become the suburbs, in a 1930s house owned by the artist Ian Johnstone.” O’Sullivan adds: “The house is imbued with magickal energy. Its walls and the contents within are the materials which record the fibres of time.”
FACT’s Chal Ravens visited that very house last year for an enlightening interview with the pair – tuck into that and read O’Sullivan’s contribution to FACT’s Forgotten Classics series, in which he vouches for the “dubbed out song cycles” of This Heat offshoot Lifetones.
Listen to the glorious ‘All The Rays’ below and look out for the band’s next round of live shows, for which they promise “a huge wall of sound, guitars, rocket ships exploding” – dates are listed below.
June 20 – Lock Tavern/405 stage at the Camden Crawl festival, London
June 21 – Koko/Last FM stage at the Camden Crawl festival, London
July 05 – Third Rail Festival, Reading
July 12 – Corsica Studios, London (LP launch, supported by Tim Burgess)
August 23 – Doune The Rabbit Hole festival, Cardross Estate, Stirlingshire, Scotland
September 05 – Oslo Psych Fest, Oslo, Norway
September 06 – Festival Number 6, Portmeirion, Wales