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Gruffydd Maredudd Bowen Rhys, better known as Gruff Rhys, (b. July 18, 1970) is a Welsh musician, composer, producer, filmmaker and author.

Role in Gorillaz

Gruff Rhys collaborated with Gorillaz and De La Soul on the track Superfast Jellyfish. He also appears in the On Melancholy Hill music video and was a member of the Gorillaz choir The Purple, the People, the Plastic Eating People. Rhys later joined Gorillaz on the Escape to Plastic Beach World Tour, Humanz Tour and The Now Now Tour.

Musical Career

He performs solo and with several bands, including Super Furry Animals who obtained mainstream success in the 1990s. He formed the electro-pop outfit Neon Neon with Boom Bip. Their album Stainless Style was nominated for the 2008 Nationwide Mercury Prize. He won the 2011 Welsh Music Prize for his album Hotel Shampoo. His latest solo album, Seeking New Gods, was released in 2021.


  • Yr Atal Genhedlaeth (2005)
  • Candylion (2007)
  • Hotel Shampoo (2011)
  • American Interior (2014)
  • Babelsberg (2018)
  • Pang! (2019)
  • Seeking New Gods (2021)



  • Rhys and British post-punk band The Horrors worked together with Gorillaz on the unreleased song Leviathan, which was supposed to be on the Plastic Beach album, but never saw the light of day.