Guto Pryce

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Guto Pryce
Guto Pryce.jpg
Guto Pryce performing with the Super Furry Animals at the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, California on 9 February 2008.
Background information
Born (1972-09-04) 4 September 1972 (age 42)
Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Genres Alternative rock
Indie rock
Occupations Musician
Instruments Bass guitar, keyboards
Associated acts Super Furry Animals
Gulp
Spectrum
U Thant
Catatonia
Website gulpgulp.co.uk

Guto Dafydd Pryce (born 4 September 1972 in Cardiff, Wales[1]) is a bass guitar player and songwriter in the band Super Furry Animals. With them, he has recorded nine UK Albums Chart Top 25 studio albums, plus numerous singles, EPs, compilations and collaborations. Pryce also records and performs with several other musical acts including his band Gulp.[2]

The name Guto is pronounced [ˈɡɪtɔ] in Welsh.

Biography[edit]

Pryce was in the Welsh-language band U Thant with his brother Iwan Pryce, Huw Bunford (also later of Super Furry Animals), Owen Powell (later of Catatonia) and others in a changing line-up, from 1989 to 1993. He recorded with Catatonia on their first two EPs before Super Furry Animals formed in 1993.[3][4][5][6][7]

Working with dub and reggae label Trojan Records, Pryce put together a compilation Furry Selection: Luxury Cuts Of Trojan Chosen By A Super Furry Animal in 2007.[8]

Pryce recorded The Golden Mile with The Peth in 2008, a group which features Welsh actor Rhys Ifans on vocals, Super Furry Animals band mate Dafydd Ieuan, Meilyr Gwynedd, Osian Gwynedd, Mick Hilton, Dic Ben and Kris Jenkins.[9]

In 2010 Pryce played bass for Spectrum on their US and European tours.[10][not in citation given]

Under the band name The Stand, Pryce joined Welsh actor Jonny Owen, Owen Powell (formerly of Catatonia), and Ryan Richards of Funeral for a Friend to record a fundraising single "I'll Be There" in 2010. (Stuart Cable of Stereophonics was involved in the project prior to his death.) Proceeds from sales went to a fund to erect a statue of the footballer Fred Keenor on the Cardiff City F.C. grounds. The song was adapted from the original written during the coal miner's General Strike of 1926 and often sung by Cardiff City fans.[11] Pryce had previously shown his support for the team when the Super Furry Animals signed on as sponsors in 1999, with the band's name displayed on team jerseys.[12]

In 2012, Pryce began performing with Scottish singer and keyboardist Lindsey Leven under the name Gulp.[13][14] The band includes Gid Goundrey on guitar, Gwion Llewelyn (Race Horses) on drums, with Gareth Bonello (The Gentle Good) on acoustic guitar and cello. Gulp has performed around the UK, Europe and United States and done several UK radio sessions - including for BBC Radio Wales[15] and Sŵn Radio.[16] They have released the single '"Play'", and track '"Game Love" on the compilation Late Night Tales: Django Django and cover of Django Django's "Hand of Man" on their Late Night Tales compilation.[17][18] Gulp's debut album Season Sun has an anticipated release date of 8 July 2014 on Everloving Records in the US and 14 July 2014 on Sonic Cathedral in the UK.[19][20][21]

Pryce was part of a rare 2012 concert appearance by English singer-songwriter Mark Fry, honoring Fry's 1972 album, Dreaming with Alice along with Nick Franglen of Lemon Jelly, Nick Palmer of The A. Lords, Grasshopper of Mercury Rev and Martin Smith of Tunng.[22][23]

In 2012, Pryce led music workshops for youth at the charity Grassroots Cardiff Ltd.[24] At Focus Wales 2013, Pryce was a panelist for the Welsh Music Foundation.[25][26]

Discography[edit]

U Thant[edit]

1989 Dim I.D. EP Recordiau Thant
1991 Duwuwd LP Crai/Sain

Catatonia[edit]

Further information: Catatonia discography

1993 For Tinkerbell EP Crai/Sain
1994 Hooked EP CraiSain
1998 The Crai-EPs 1993/1994 CraiSain

Super Furry Animals[edit]

The Stand[edit]

2010 "I'll Be There" (fundraising single)

Gulp[edit]

2012 '"Game Love" E.L.K. (single)
2012 "Hand of Man (Gulp Version)" (from Hi Djinx! Django Django Remixed Because Music)
2013 "Play" E.L.K. (single)
2014 "Game Love" (from Late Night Tales - Django Django Late Night Tales)

Filmography[edit]

2000 Beautiful Mistake (Camgymeriad Gwych) (with Super Furry Animals) (himself)
2004 9 Songs (with Super Furry Animals) (himself)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Guto Pryce biography". BBC. Retrieved 2007-11-09. 
  2. ^ Owens, David (10 July 2012). "Super Furry Animals’ Guto Pryce on plans for his new outfit Gulp". Wales Online. Media Wales. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Super Furry Animals - Guto Pryce". BBC Wales Music. BBC Wales. 12/03/2008. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Owens, David (2011). Cerys, Catatonia And The Rise Of Welsh Pop. Random House. ISBN 9781448116362. 
  5. ^ Elfyn, Bethan. "Pre-Cool Cymru: the pioneering bands". BBC Wales. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Buckley, Peter (2003). The Rough Guide to Rock (3rd ed.). London: Rough Guide, Penguin. pp. 1034–1035. ISBN 1843531054. 
  7. ^ Hill, Sarah (September 2007). Blerwytirhwng?: The Place of Welsh Pop Music. Cardiff, Wales: Ashgate. p. 200. ISBN 978-0-7546-5898-6. 
  8. ^ "Super Furry Animals star puts together reggae compilation: Guto Pryce raids Trojan Records' back catalogue". NME. 3 May 2007. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  9. ^ McLean, Craig (15 August 2008). "I'm with the band". The Guardian: Culture. The Guardian. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Waldram, Hannah (27 August 2010). "Super Furry Animals break to pursue solo projects". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  11. ^ McLaren, James (19 October 2010). "The Stand - I'll Be There". BBC Blogs - Wales. Cardiff: BBC Wales. 
  12. ^ "Super Furry Animals FAQ". BBC Wales Music. BBC Wales. 29 January 2009. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  13. ^ Owens, David (10 July 2012). "Super Furry Animals’ Guto Pryce on plans for his new outfit Gulp". Wales Online. Media Wales. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "More New Music". New Musical Express: 12. 12 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "Gulp in session for Bethan Elfyn on BBC Radio Wales". BBC Radio Wales. BBC. 1 December 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  16. ^ Ownes, David (21 October 2013). "Live updates: Swn Festival 2013 in Cardiff". WalesOnline. Media Wales. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  17. ^ "Django Django To Helm Late Night Tales". Clash Music. 18 March 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  18. ^ "Django Django Announce New ‘Late Night Tales’ Compilation". Django Django Announce New ‘Late Night Tales’ Compilation. 18 March 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  19. ^ "Hear Super Furry Animals Offshoot Gulp's Winning 'Game Love'". Spin. 7 May 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  20. ^ Elfyn, Bethan (25 June 2012). "Introducing: Gulp". BBC Wales Bethan Elfyn Blog. BBC Wales. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  21. ^ Minsker and Matthew Strauss, Evan (1 April 2014). "Pitchfork Guide to Upcoming Releases: Spring 2014". Pitchfork. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  22. ^ Shimon, Darius Drewe (10 May 2012). "Live Review - Mark Fry & Friends". Shindig Happening Magazine. Shindig Magazine. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  23. ^ Tuffrey, Laurie (18 April 2012). "Mark Fry To Perform Dreaming With Alice". The Quietus. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  24. ^ "The 'Grassroots' Takeover Project". 3Space. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  25. ^ "Focus Wales 2013 Music Festival and Conference". Focus Wales. 2013. 
  26. ^ "Focus Wales 2013". Welsh Music Foundation. 25 April 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 

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