MANY new bands will be able to relate to the feeling of “boisterousness” when embarking on a debut album; the giddiness, youthful exuberance and cavalier spirit.

This is the term Welsh alternative rock band Super Furry Animals used to describe their first two albums, released in the mid-1990s, which they will perform back to back in Brighton next week.

“We always approached the early work as if it was the last thing we were going to do,” says lead guitarist Huw Bunford, who formed the band with singer Gruff Rhys and others in Cardiff.

“We always thought we were very lucky but we were young, fresh-faced and not put off by anything.” Fuzzy Logic, the group’s 1996 debut album, is a restless, melodic kaleidoscope of various rock stylings; glam, psychedelic, classic.

While Super Furry Animals were occasionally bracketed in with Britpop – they were label mates with Oasis on Creation Records – they were (and are) always singular and difficult to categorise. Such was the group’s diverse range of influences, they started life as an electronic outfit. “Before we did Fuzzy Logic we were a techno band,” says Bunford. “There is a lost techno record knocking about somewhere.”

One more obvious thing that marked SFA out from the alternative rock pack, in the early days at least, was their employment of the Welsh language in their songs. Along with Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci and Catatonia, Bunford and company were part of an intriguing Welsh scene. Upon starting to release records through mainstream channels, though, they opted to sing in English.

“I suppose that was a conscious decision” says Bunford. “In the end, we suddenly realised we were listening to bands from all over the world. There was no jingoism, we weren’t flying the flag for anyone. We didn’t see anywhere as the centre of the universe.”

For a debut album, Fuzzy Logic comes across as the labour of a band who had a good grasp on both instrumentation and the recording process. The guitar work on the record, together with the finely crafted vocal harmonies and slick production, seems to reveal a band that were canny beyond their years.

The recording was carried out at the legend ary Rockfield Studios near Monmouth in Wales, formerly home to Oasis, Black Sabbath and The Damned to name a few.

“We weren’t mugs – we’d been going to smaller studios for years and working with lots of different producers,” Bunford points out. “The only difference with Fuzzy Logic was the scale and funding. Those were the days when record companies would give you money to buy equipment. We soon blew that money.”

One critic called the album “delightfully skewed” due to its restless nature and its some times random range of styles. The guitarist says it could often feel like the five young members were “fighting against each other” in the studio but the “song was always the most important thing”.

He adds: “We’d have musical stand-offs, as you do, but it was normally the most determined person on any given day that won the argument. That’s part and parcel of the whole process.”

While critics responded warmly to Fuzzy Logic and Radiator, Bunford points to Super Furry Animals’ fourth album Mwng as an example of a record whose critical reaction was “fantastically negative”.

“When you’ve released a few records you start to think you’re doing OK. At least nobody is saying it’s awful – not to our faces at least. That said, some of the reviews we’ve had have been phenomenally negative. We used them as a selling point for some of the records.”

Welsh indie maverick Meilyr Jones is supporting SFA in Brighton but Bunford, a personal fan of Jones, stops short of saying he and his bandmates are supporters of new Welsh music in particular. “I don’t have the right to say this artist is better than this other artist just because of locality.”

As Bunford and company prepare to travel back in time 20 years, their quest for originality and experimentalism remains as determined as ever.

“In the early days we were very much of the mindset that anything goes. I suppose it was a little taster of what was to come, because we’ve never made two albums that sound the same.”

Super Furry Animals, Brighton Dome, Church Street, Tuesday, December 13, 7pm, £32, call 01273 709709