Gruff Rhys is in Ireland this week for a series of gigs . He’ll be playing songs from his upcoming album Hotel Shampoo the title of which was inspired by Gruff’s hoarding of hotel shampoo bottles while touring. Last week at the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, Gruff got the opportunity to build the hotel as you can watch below.
“In 1995 I began touring the world industrially as a pop musician. A gleaming new cosmos of hotel accommodation opened up for me and in an instant I was seduced by the free product available in the rooms. I hoarded these objects in a rush of mild kleptomania. Every room in my house began to amass these plastic bottles and various, hotel-related things from every continent on earth (except Antarctica). Having never kept a journal these items have become like diary entries, triggering memories of all those buildings and random people I’ve met and inspiring some of the songs on the album.
As an act of revenge against the colonisation of our house, I vowed to build a hotel out of the items and sleep in it. The resulting Hotel Shampoo creation serves as a monument to the waste that’s produced in our disposable age and to catalogue my transient existence.”
Hotel Shampoo is out on February 14th 2011.
Shark Ridden Waters
Honey All Over
Sensations In The Dark
Take A Sentence
At The Heart Of Love
Patterns Of Power
If We Were Words (We Would Rhyme)