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Gruff Rhys

Gruff Rhys

East India Youth

Tue, November 18, 2014

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Chapel

San Francisco, CA

$14.00

This event is all ages

Gruff Rhys
Gruff Rhys
Gruff Rhys has announced his second investigative concert tour of the Americas. The first, which saw Gruff winding his way around South America in a search for his long lost, guitar-playing, poncho-wearing uncle, Rene Griffiths, was documented by Dylan Goch in their 2010 feature film Separado! In August 2012 Gruff - known around the world for his work with Super Furry Animals and Neon Neon, as well as his collaborations with Gorillaz, Dangermouse, Sparklehorse and Simian Mobile Disco - will be seeking out the final resting place of his relative John Evans, who left Wales in 1792 on a quest to find a mythical tribe of Welsh speaking Native Americans. Gruff will follow the path of John Evans using film, the written word, photo-story, social media and song to create an investigative road movie and album.

John Evans - a 22-year old farmhand from the mountains of Snowdonia, Wales - responded to a plea for a brave soul to ascertain if there was indeed a tribe of Welsh-speaking Native Americans still walking the Great Plains, descendants of Prince Madog (widely believed to have discovered America in 1170). During the course of an extraordinary adventure, Evans wrestled the largest river reptiles ever seen in the Mississippi, hunted Bison with the Omaha tribe, defected to the Spanish in St Louis, discovered imaginary volcanoes in Missouri, annexed North Dakota from the British, and created the map that guided Lewis and Clarke on their legendary expedition. His adventure was cut short when he died broke and out of his mind at 29 in New Orleans.

Gruff's investigative concert tour will begin at Yale's Beineke Library where John Evans' famous map is said to reside. From there Rhys will follow in his relative's footsteps as he investigates Evans's significance in American history, the true circumstances of his death and the secret location of his burial. Simultaneously he explores how the myths that surround cultural identity are formed and distorted, and how well meaning adventure and beliefs can result in painful colonialism, misadventure and tragedy.

You can join Gruff in securing John Evans rightful place in American history! Gruff urges anyone with clues regarding Evans's unknown burial place; imaginary volcanos; wandering tribes of Welsh Speakers, or lingering river reptiles to come to the shows, where your help with his investigations will be appreciated and featured in the movie.
East India Youth
East India Youth
William Doyle’s self-extraction from the physical and creative confines of his former four-piece indie-rock band was the start of an emotionally draining three years, culminating in the arrival of East India Youth and a debut album appropriately titled 'TOTAL STRIFE FOREVER'. The work brings together glorious orchestral pop, noise and motorik Detroit techno, threaded together with ambient and contemporary classical passages. At once uplifting and bleak, both brutally cold and gloriously buoyant, 'TOTAL STRIFE FOREVER' reaches for new heights in electronic music. and surpasses them.

Collating a world of diverse influences, 'TOTAL STRIFE FOREVER' sounds like it could only have been made now, by one particularly driven individual, marking the arrival of a significant new voice in British music. And it is Doyle's voice on the four vocal tracks that continues to enthral since the album’s release on Stolen Recordings in January 2014, its centrepiece - ‘Heaven, How Long' - described by Pitchfork as "a heart-spinning, utterly exhilarating supernova”, expressing melancholia, desperation and unbridled joy, all in the space of a verse. The Guardian - whose Breakthrough of 2014 list East India Youth topped - spoke of “a hugely self-assured debut from an artist who knows exactly what he’s doing, marking Doyle out as a rare, idiosyncratic talent” and Time Out - who awarded him their Album of The Week - advised “Its legend is well-deserved: a brilliant bedroom album of piercing electronic pop.”
The crescendo of East India Youth’s year came in October when he was shortlisted for The Mercury Music Prize, alongside FKA Twigs, Anna Calvi, Royal Blood and Damon Albarn.

As Uncut said, in their 9/10 review; “A major new British talent is born.”
Venue Information:
The Chapel
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110
http://www.thechapelsf.com