Shark Ridden Waters
If We Were Words (We Would Rhyme)

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Gruff Rhys

On the first sunny days in early spring people are longing for this wee bit of sun and try not to bother too much about the wind that is freshening up at this time of the year. The same holds true, when we meet Cardiff-based Gruff Rhys on the morning after his Vienna show. We have had enough of winterly indoor shootings and thus are happy to work with a Welsh man, who won’t be fussy about the windy weather. Gruff is forearmed with a life vest for the performance of the haunting “Shark Ridden Waters” in the historic inner city. On our following sightseeing stroll we chat with him about bands from Cardiff. The artist, who became with his involvement in several bands (including the Super Furry Animals and Neon Neon) one of the major figures in the Welsh music scene, seems like the perfect person for this. After Gruff has striked up the bittersweet “If We Were Words (We Would Rhyme)” in the sculpturesque setting of rose trees shrouded in their winter coats, we head for a café, where he keeps writing down band names so that we can take an inspiring dive into the Welsh music scene.

  • Posted: May 10, 2011
  • Camera: Sarah Brugner
  • Sound Recording: Michael Luger
  • Post-Production: Sarah Brugner
  • Photography: Simon Brugner