Blah Blah National Treasure.

Originality.  In a sea of lame copycat artists, slouching their way into the spotlight, with a pocket full of half-baked tunes, Mr Gruff Rhys modestly stands his ground, and stands head and shoulders above your favourite band.  An embarrassment of riches, really.  Gruff casually mingles with genres like the genial host at a very memorable party, stopping to chat and tell tales and make sure everyone has a drink and a laugh.

And he makes Welsh like an opera.  See, most of the set is in English but quite a bit of it is in his mother tongue and before those songs, Gruff reads a little from the libretto, setting the scene for the song, and the backing visuals tell us half the tale so there is no mistaking what those Welsh tunes are about.  Which is fucking clever, if you think about it.  A lot of thought has gone into those backing clips (was that Iggy’s torso split screened onto a ballet dancer’s legs?). But a lot of thought has gone into everything about the show really; and tonight it shows.  So damn smart, funny, original and generally, casually brilliant.  Y Niwl are the perfect foil for this joyful madness, adding new colours and shapes to the tunes.  Did I mention it was funny too?  Did I have to?  I haven’t laughed that much since I last saw a press photo of Kasabian.
Smart, fun and tuneful, who could ask for anything more?   And no, he didn’t play any SFA tunes. There wasn’t time or need.

Really though, a National Treasure.  No kidding.

Exclusive: 22 min mix of all NEW Memory Tapes material for Modular

“I find I listen to mixtapes more than albums a lot of the time, so I wanted to make a new record in the form of a mixtape instead of a single or EP etc. It’s all new, original Memory Tapes stuff just put together in the form of an extended mix. I thought the Modcast would be a cool way to make it available to people quickly and for free.”

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Desert Noises – US Tour Dates!

For more information see Desert Noises Website

9/16- 814 E. 200 N – Logan, UT

9/17- Bees Knees Fest – Rexburg, ID

10/1 Daytrotter // Rock Island, IL

10/3 Audiotree Live // Chicago, IL

10/5 Jascha’s House // Indianapolis, IN

10/6 Rohs Street Cafe // CIncinatti, OH

10/7 Ottawa Tavern // Toledo, OH

10/8 Cowboys and Indians @ Toms House // Pontiac, MI

10/10 The Bug Jar // Rochester, NY

10/13 The Living Room // NYC, NY

10/14 Kung Fu Necktie // Philidelphia, PA

10/19 The Evening Muse // Charlotte, NC

10/21 Wilberts // Cleveland, OH

10/23 Duffy’s // Lincoln, NE