Life on other Planets

Supergrass
Southampton Guildhall
Hard, fast and ultimately very rewarding. Supergrass has returned with another mix of bouncy, glam pop rock.
Southampton's Guildhall heaved in anticipation after waiting three years for new material. Support was ably provided by Rocket Science and the current darlings of NME, The Libertines. Rocket Science definitely hold a lot of promise with big and meaty tracks tinged with electro-clash edge as well as a front man who would put Casey Spooner to shame in the theatrical stakes. Altogether, a fantastic melodic band with echoes of Jimi Hendrix, and are sure to be the one's to watch at next year's festivals. As for the Libertines, Pete Doherty pulled out all the stops in a foxy denim miniskirt number with a pair of pins to die for whilst the rest of the 'Tines did their best to compete by acting like frantic puppets on a string. Based on that performance they deserve the title of Britain's most screwed up band.
After that sight for sore eyes, Supergrass could have paled into insignificance, as it was they delivered a masterful collection of hits from new album, "Life On Other Planets" as well as much loved classics like "Caught By The Fuzz."
The Southampton crowd certainly wasn't slow to sing-a-long and it was clear that the new album went down a treat with all there. Jaunty as ever, Gaz Coombes strutted on stage pleased as punch to be back doing what he does best, and he delivered the goods right on key with crowd-pleasers, "Brecon Beacons," "Late in the Day," and "Pumping On Your Stereo." However, the standout tracks had to be "Never Done Nothing Like That Before" and current single, "Grace." These show a return to form which was slightly lacking from the rest of the set.
Whilst no-one can dispute that Supergrass are among the few bands who sound as good live as they do on their albums, it was still evident from the response of the crowd that old favourites like "Moving," and "Sun Hits The Sky" overshadow the new tracks. Supergrass have a tough time ahead of them if they are to beat their previous track record and bring us something special, otherwise it seems they are victims of their own making.
Supergrass' new album "Life On Other Planets" and single "Grace" is available now on Parlophone. Find out the latest on the band at www.supergrass.com

Writer: Lucy Freeman


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