Supergrass – Live At Glastonbury 2022 – June 24, 2022 – BBC 6 Music – Steve Lamacq –
Ending up the week with a turbocharged set by Supergrass, live-as-it-happened from Glastonbury earlier today (June 24) and broadcast live during Steve Lamacq’s program.
When they announced a split in 2010, everybody thought it was the end of an era – certainly one of the bands who put a serious stamp on the genre known as Britpop, Supergrass were riding the crest of wave that began in 1995 and continued all the way until their split. And even though there were a number of solo projects for founder and lead guitar Gaz Coombes in the offing it just wasn’t the same.
At the time of the split, Supergrass were working on their seventh studio album, tentatively titled Release the Drones. In early 2010, the band revealed that the album had been influenced by krautrock bands such as Can, and drone music, and that the members had swapped instruments on several tracks during its recording. Coombes said of the approach to the album: “This record’s actually been very collaborative. It’s been cool to try something different and chaotic.” Coombes stated that the album was “nearly finished”, and it was scheduled for release in May. The album remains unfinished and unreleased.
In July 2019, it was reported in the press that the band were to reform and play at Pilton Party on 6 September 2019. On 22 August 2019, the Twitter account Secretglasto posted “We’re not going to Grass up the special guest at the Pilton Party, but we’re pretty sure they’ll be Super.” In an interview with The Times, the band confirmed they are not going to be working on new material, with drummer and co-founder Danny Goffey stating that “the positive vibe of playing together would be compromised by going into a studio for ages” and that “the idea is to play gigs, not create more music”. Gaz Coombes told Q Magazine that he was prepared to give a year up to perform with Supergrass, but was wary of promising to make new music.
After performing two warm up shows at The Empire in Coventry and the Cheese & Grain in Frome the band embarked on a short European tour visiting France, Belgium and The Netherlands before doing a full UK tour finishing with two sold-out shows at Alexandra Palace, London on 7 March.
The band were due to tour across America and Australia in April and May 2020 as well as festival appearances in Norway, Italy, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK (which would have also included their 5th appearance at Glastonbury) but all were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite the tour’s cancellation, Supergrass still managed to perform a live-streamed gig on 21 August at The Bullingdon in their hometown of Oxford. The show was a collaboration with Goose Island Brewery and served as a launch event for the new Supergrass-inspired beer Man Sized Brew Sir, which was named after the band’s song “Mansize Rooster”. Ticket proceeds for the event went to the Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Charity and the band’s charity of choice, the suicide prevention charity CALM. The band also played a socially-distanced show at the Virgin Money Unity Arena in Newcastle the next day.
On 27 November, Supergrass released Live on Other Planets, a live album consisting of songs recorded at various dates on their recent reunion tour. The album was released to mark the band’s 25th anniversary; to capture the reunion gigs and thank the fans who attended; and to support grassroots music venues, with proceeds from the album’s sales going to the #SaveOurVenues campaign in aid of venues struggling due to the pandemic.
So here they are, recorded earlier today – further evidence the band is alive and well and most definitely kicking ass.
Crank it up. You owe it to yourself.
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