EP newydd – Darluniau’r Ogof

Testun o ebost ANKST:

TEITL/TITLE –DARLUNIAU OGOF O’R UNFED GANRIF AR HUGAIN E.P
ARTIST – DATBLYGU
FFORMAT – RECORD 7” VINYL / DL
CAT NO -ANKST 132
DYDDIAD RHYDDHAU / REL DATE – TACH/NOV 26TH 2012 / WWW.ANKST.NET

Mae 2012 yn gweld DATBLYGU yn dathlu tri deg mlynedd ers ffurfio ( anghofiwch y dathu arall yn y cyffinie dros yr hen sianel pitw ‘na.) Eisioes da ni wedi cael y cyfweliadau ar y newyddion a radio cymru, yr arddangosfa a ffilm ddogfen ar y gorwel. Ond ma hi’n anodd meddwl am unrhyw beth fedrith wella ar y pleser o weld Dave Datblygu yn iach ac yn edrych llond ei groen yn mwynhau yr holl sylw.

Wel i ffan rhonc o’r band mae na un peth all fod hyd yn oed yn well – cerddoriaeth newydd gan Datblygu ! A dyna sydd yn cael ei gynnig gan recordiau ankst musik gyda rhyddhau EP pedwar trac gwbl newydd gan David a Pat. Yr leinyp clasurol a’r sain clasur – cyfraniad ffantastic i flwyddyn arbennig iawn i’r band.

Mae un seshiwn recordio draw yn stiwdio Fflach yn yr Hydref yn ddigon i brofi fod gwychder y caneuon emosiynol yn dal yna a syniadaeth David mor berthnasol ag erioed – ‘Potensial Cymru yw paradwys, so dwi’n aros adref ac yn gorffwys’ (Bywoliaeth).

Wir mae’r tracie i gyd yn cicio fel mul a ma hi’n amlwg ein bod ni wedi bod ar ein colled wrth i’r band ddisgyn yn dawel ers y nawdega. Am nawr mae’r ep yma yn ddigon …

Mae’r feinyl cyfyngiedig ar gael yn mhremiere ffilm newydd Owain Llyr am y band

PROSIECT DATBLYGU – http://mwldan.ticketsolve.com/shows/873486242/events
a siop Ankst ar y we www.ankst.net ac ambell i siop leol.

This year has seen the band DATBLYGU celebrating 30 years since their formation and it gives ankstmusik records the greatest pride and pleasure to announce that they band have made a foray into the studio to record a brand new E.P. which will be released on seven inch vinyl.

This four track E.P. is a further indicator of their ongoing renaissance and continued musical relevance. Four tracks that recall the classic Datblygu sound and line up of Pat and David. The music, once again kicks like a mule, and the record makes it clear that the voice and words we’ve missed hearing for such a long time is finally back.

This limited edition release will be on sale at the premiere of Owain Llyr’s upcoming film about the band – PROJECT DATBLYGU http://mwldan.ticketsolve.com/shows/873486242/events
and through the ankst webshop.

A1(i) BYWOLIAETH (ii) WASTOD YN CERDDED YN UNIG
A2 (i) FFANTASI’R SAFONAU (ii) CAMPWS!

PATRICIA M. MORGAN :INSTRUMENTS
DAVID R.EDWARDS : VOX/INSTRUMENTS
RECORD LABEL : ANKST

Bydd y record ar gael yn Theatr Mwldan wythnos nesa, neu cewch chi ei archebu o wefan Ankst, neu oddi wrth Sadwrn.

“Pyst” Press Release

Press release sent out with “export” copies of Pyst.

Scanned from a second generation photocopy, so my attempt at a transcription follows. It’s slightly clipped on the right hand side, bits I’ve guessed are [in brackets], bits I can’t guess are [..]

[Gol. Diolch Victoria!]

PYST by Datblygu. Press Release

(EXPORT – LINGO ADAPTED)

Context

This is the second LP by Datblygu. The previous one (“Wyau“) received critical ‘acclaim’ in some quarters. So much so that the only way it got any attention in the N.M.E. was when John Peel selected it as one of his favourite records of that time. This was nice compensation for the racist blinkers worn by the hopeless hacks actually employed by that ragged rag.

Time Line

1990: This LP. 1989: Our last gig to date. We played in Wales’ capital city and bottles and glasses were thrown. We responded with a half hour one note waltz. I could never understand why all these Glastonbury playing bands existed with their Jimmy Tarbuck approach to music… 1988: Our first LP & second John Peel session. 1987: First vinyl release & first John Peel session. 1986 and Back: Gigs in cold and hostile village halls to cold and hostile village idiots, Also colder responses to limited edition bedroom cassette releases plus contributions to compilations LPs. 1982: Formed for two reasons: out of a hatred with what was being expressed
1. In the Welsh language
2. In music.
These reasons still apply. Therefore this LP had to be done.

1. The Welsh language ‘Culture’ is still the old folks home for subsidised idiots it ever was. 2. The music scene seems to be dominated by gits from north England who never grew out of their remedial department glue sniffing habits. They also make the use of anything more than a monosyllabic word a crime against fashion.

Also you can be guaranteed that we got this right in the first place so we don’t need to employ the dubious talents of some suntanned Londoner to remix it.

Anyway. Track List Translations

1. “Benjamin Morning”: Wake up. Take a sleeping tablet. Wake up. Take a sleeping tablet. Put in your box of preconceptions marked “Post A.I.D.S”

2. Out and Down: Out (in pubs). And Yazz was well off the mark because the only way is down hence the violins. In pubs I hoped for a female tongue in my ears but all I got was the overspill of middle aged men’s conversations in their eternal wife avoidance.

3. Take In a Show: Circles around the notion that the only reason shows have intervals is to do the audience a favour.

4. About: is a list of prejudices that I hold dearly against my fellow countrymen.

5. Novel From The Hovel: Is a short story, and the only I’d get one ‘published’ in Wales is to stick it between two ‘pop’ songs. Conclusion of the story? Slow drivers are far dangerous than fast ones and I should not have bothered taking my empty Scotch bottles to a bottle bank.

6. Ms. Laver Bread: Sex in the Welsh language shock. Laver bread is a food popular in parts of S.Wales. Ingredients include seaweed and pig fat but I like the woman in the song very much.

7. Intentions of Cows: I wanted the first “hymn” with lyrics I agree with.

8. Next Year Perhaps Leukaemia: “He’d like to say to her ‘Hey love, smile’, next year perhaps leukaemia.” Good jokes and “dance” music a plenty,

9. Twenty To One: is an analogy between a steeplechaser (all engagements dead) and me. “I was once at the tip of a commentator’s tongue. Now I’m here with the meat in a French supermarket”

10. The Nurse is Home:10. : I lived among nurses for a year. They are no more angelic than your neighbourhood pest.

11. Monkey with Scab: “Tradition’s a con, culture’s a con. What’s there to eat? Only a monkey with scab.”

12. Surfeit: …of being pissed off e.g. “I went down to look at the sea. It was like young testes singing in a choir.”

13. Rout: Is mainly a song about coughing, Christmas and good memories which make a useless present time feel much worse.

Yours, D Edwards, Autumn ’90

(Note: the stuff on the reverse of this press release was lifted from the local newspaper which serves the region where many of the songs on this record were written)

Further information, requests for interviews with people who’ve actually got something to say (I.E.not Yankie/Manky band neo-Willy Rushtonisms) can be arranged by phoning PATRICIA MORGAN on: 0497 – 821291 [ddim bellach] If not, we’ll have another record out in due course in any case.

Teyrnged gan Dave i David

Collais i hwn ar y pryd, ond dyma deyrnged hyfryd i David Edwards, a Datblygu gan Dave arall o Aberteifi, sef Dave Rendle. Roedd Dave yn un o’m dosbarthiadau Cymraeg yng ngholeg Aberteifi ers talwm, a thrwyddo fe dw i’n cael ypdêts cyson ar sut mae’r David arall yn wneud. Mae e hefyd yn gasglwr recordiau o fri; fe yw fy nghystadleuaeth pennaf am berlau colledig siopau elusen Aberteifi.

A lovely tribute to David Edwards and the band, by another Aberteifi Dave, David Rendle. It is written in the lovely English language, but Dave is yet another example of someone who has learnt Welsh as an adult, and whose experience of becoming a Welsh speaker has been coloured by Welsh language music in general, and by Datblygu’s music in particular.

Oh and he does the usual things that legends do, spends time in the bookies, spends money in local supermarkets. His articulacy still shining, happy in himself, motivated by his own reasons,sometimes the days are strange, but legends do not have to explain themselves, now if you want to understand the meaning of his songs, well perhaps it’s time to learn some Welsh.

Pat Morgan ar y Difference Engine

Braf iawn clywed Pat yn wneud cyfweliad ar sioe “Difference Engine” gorsaf radio Môn FM. Brafiach byth bod yr orsaf yn rhannu eu cynnwys efo’r byd trwy Mixcloud.

A lovely interview with Pat Morgan, on Darren Parry‘s “Difference Engine” show. Pat talks about the Datblygu30 celebrations at her sister’s house of exquistite waffle. The interview starts a little way into the show, but he plays some Fall first, so don’t touch that dial.

Sarah Hill ar D30

Datblygu Trideg gan Sarah Hill yn y Welsh Arts Review.

Dave Edwards’ lyrics uncovered a shared generational feeling of disillusionment and hopelessness caused in no small part by the Thatcherite machinery. Edwards’ place on the margins of Welsh society, and at the outer edge of Wales, gave him a vantage point from which to declaim his poetry, straight into the belly of the beast. And needless to say, Datblygu had a strained relationship with the Welsh establishment. But John Peel loved them. On the Waffle walls are the rather endearing postcards he sent to Dave Edwards, as well as the hand-written track-by-track guide to pronunciation and meaning that Edwards sent Peel as PR for their album, Pyst (1990).

Ww, eisiau gweld hwnna!

(Diolch, Victoria!)

Datblygu yn y Wladfa Newydd

Mae cwpl o erthyglau Saesneg ar Datblygu wedi ymddangos ar Culture Colony / Y Wladfa Newydd yn y misoedd diwetha, sef Datblygu 2008 am y fideo Llwch ar y Sgrîn, ac adolygiad “Atgoffion Hen Wanc”:

This is a straight and honest account of David’s life from his own point of view. There’s romance, but he’s not romantic about it, there’s success, but he dosen’t revel in it, there’s plenty of tragedy, but he tells it as it is and moves on. There is a starkness to the writing, some chapters are only half a page long, and this makes it an easy read. I read the book in a day and wandered around the house with it as I played with my daughter and made lunch. A bit of a surreal experience to tell the truth, to be happy in my day while at the same time having a glimpse at Dave’s alcoholism and disappearance into mental illness.

Mae gyda nhw erthygl dda ar y sioe yng nghaffi Waffle, hefyd:

The influential band Datblygu is 30 years old. To celebrate this anniversary the Waffle Coffee Shop (63 Clive Road in Canton, Cardiff) has put up an exhibition of personal memorabilia donated by the band’s two main members, Pat Morgan and David R. Edwards.

Victoria Morgan of the Waffle Shop, and sister to Pat, said “It’s a bit of a ‘home made’ exhibition, but then that’s what Datblygu were all about”.

Cyfweliad Gruff Rhys

Mae Adam Walton newydd bostio trawsgrifiad cyfweliad â Gruff Rhys o fis Mai 2000 (jyst cyn i “Mwng” ddod ma’s), lle maen nhw’n trafod Datblygu, ymysg pethau eraill:

IT’S A VERY RESPECTFUL NOD OF THE HEAD FROM SUPER FURRY ANIMALS TO COVER DATBLYGU’S ‘Y TEIMLAD’ ON ‘MWNG’, WHY THIS PARTICULAR SONG?

‘Y Teimlad’ was the most obvious pop song that they ever wrote. There’s other songs, like ‘Casserole’, but I think that ‘Y Teimlad’ is an absolute standard song, you know, and someone could do a Sinatra version. I wish we could have done a full-on orchestral version, but the song is there now for someone else to do that!

IT SITS VERY WELL AMONGST THE OTHER SONGS ON MWNG BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL SIMPLE AND DIRECT TOO, WAS IT IMPORTANT TO PRESERVE THAT SIMPLICITY?

Dave Datblygu once criticised one track minds working in forty eight track studios, so we thought that we would maybe be respectful of that. Also we’ve recently been touring with bands like ‘Olivia Tremor Control’ who keep the recording really simple. Most of their stuff is recorded on 4 track. People like ‘Palace’ record whole albums in five hours.

WAS ONE OF THE OTHER REASONS FOR DOING THE ‘DATBLYGU’ SONG MAYBE TO DRAW PEOPLE’S ATTENTION TO THAT FACT THAT THERE WERE GREAT WELSH BANDS BEFORE THE MANICS THAT ARE ALMOST IN DANGER OF BEING FORGOTTEN BECAUSE OF THE SPEED OF THE RECENT RENAISSANCE?

I don’t think that we would exist as a band that’s sort of well known if it hadn’t been for bands like Datblygu and Anrhefn who sort of paved the way for us politically, for bands like us to exist.

Erthygl Plan B

Mae rhifyn Gorffennaf y cylchgrawn Plan B yn cynnwys erthygl wych ar Datblygu. Mae’r cylchgrawn ar gael am £4.00 o fan hyn. Wna i bostio PDF o’r erthygl yn y man, ond dyma cwpl o dameidiau i aros pryd:

A photo in the booklet for Wyau/Pyst/Libertino, the essential collection of Datblygu albums, shows a temporary stage housed on a huge truck, someweher in Wales, covered by a tarpaulin and occupied by Datblygu themselves. You have to look twice to notice anyone apart from vocalist David R Edwards, who’s standing on the lip and barking at six children sitting on the grass wearing anoraks. It’s an image so dreary and purgatorial, you imagine that despite being a black and white picture, it was taken using colour film. Intentionally or otherwise, it conveys the notion of a prophet unrecognised in his own land, which is at least a half-truth…

I don’t know how much I’m missing out on by not being a Welsh speaker, but even accounting for whatever nuances are lost post-Anglicisation, DRE still beats down almost all late 20th Century lyrical challengers. The Dylans, Cohens and Mark E Smiths take their rightful place in the comparison fodder…

Cerdyn bost John Peel 1993

Cerdyn arall gan Peel i David.

Cardiau post John Peel

Cardiau post John Peel

Dear Dave, thanks for the card. Just come back from Caernarvon (sorry, can’t remember the correct spelling) (is it Caernarfon?) Your name came up a lot and I was given a cassette of the new LP. It sounds like a serious return to form. I’m glad about that – you’re something of a national asset, you know. I hope you look after yourself accordingly. It’s not just Welsh music that would be impoverished if anything happened to you. Seriously, John Peel.

Cerdyn bost John Peel 1988

Cerdyn oddi wrth Peel i David Edwards, 13 Gorffennaf 1988.

Cardiau post John Peel

Cardiau post John Peel

Dear David, thanks for the letter. Grateful no Melanie figure came to sing to me – but there plenty of them about, aren’t there? Look forward to your L.P. Feel embarrassed about not having offered Anrhefn another session but I don’t think they are the most interesting Welsh band. What do you think? Someone wrote to complain one of the Welsh language bands was advocating violence – presumably against we Englanders. Do you know who it was? Apparently the replacement for Bogshed, Phillips Law, are very good too. I certainly hope so. A final word – don’t get kidney stones. Strictly no fun. May have to have an operation yet. All the best, John. (Peel)