Y Niwl are a surf instrumental band from North Wales, formed in 2009 Its members are Alun Evans guitar, Llyr Pari drums, Sion Glyn bass and Gruff ab Arwel organ and guitar The band's name is pronounced Uh Nule and means 'The Fog' in Welsh Members of the band have also long played as backing musicians for Gruff Rhys
Evans has said about the band: "It's essentially not complicated music, it's just rock 'n' roll basically, simple and raw I still don’t have much of a collection of surf music and I was never really into that particular style of music in the past The only thing I really had was an old Shadows album on tape Most of our material is edited jams We usually record ourselves jamming then take out the best bits and form a song Other times, someone will come up with an idea and we’ll work around that"
The band's debut album, Y Niwl, was released on 29 November 2010 on the Aderyn Papur label with artwork by Llyr Pierce It was recorded at Bryn Derwen studios and engineered by David Wrench The song titles are numbers in Welsh, but do not reflect the order of the tracklisting Evans explained: "When we started writing the songs we named them numerically in order, just to make it practical But then when we wanted to change the track listing of the album around, we couldn’t rename the songs so we stuck with the songs and their numerical titles"
Y Niwl was named The Sunday Times Album of the Week on 2 January 2011 and received 7/10 in reviews by the NME and Drowned in Sound The track Undegpedwar was used as the theme tune to the BBC television show Football Focus
Y Niwl kept a low profile as a band for a couple of years following single releases in 2012 but have sporadically performed gigs Their second album 5, which has been in process since 2013, was released in February 2018 It was recorded by Iwan Morgan in Stiwdio Mandi Hebron All tracks are instrumentals, Tridegun31, Tridegchwech36, Tridegpump 35, Dauddegwyth 28, Tridegpedwar34, Dauddegchech26, Dauddegsaith27, Dauddegnaw29, Tridegtri33 and Trideg30 Their sound is Ventures, Link Wray, Tornados, and Del Shannon rolled into one with an updated twist
- ^ a b Laura Snapes "Album review: Y Niwl - Y Niwl" NMEcom NME Retrieved 15 October 2011
- ^ a b c Dave Owens 1 December 2010 "Surf's up for Y Niwl" South Wales Echo Retrieved 15 October 2011
- ^ a b "Y Niwl - Y Niwl - Releases - Drowned in Sound" Drowned in Sound Drowned in Sound Retrieved 15 October 2011
- ^ "Y Niwl" The Sunday Times 2 January 2011 Retrieved 15 October 2011
- ^ "Sunday Times CD of the Week accolade for student's band" Press release Bangor University Retrieved 15 October 2011
- ^ Samantha Castle 11 August 2011 "Welsh band Y Niwl score with Football Focus theme tune hit" North Wales Weekly News Retrieved 15 October 2011
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