The Press Article
Supergrass first burst onto the music scene in 1995, young carefree and seeming untouched with effortless pop magic.
From loveable scamps enjoying the first flush of success in the heady mid-nineties, Supergrass have become one of the most decorated British groups of the last decade, numbering among their many accolades Brits, Brats, Q awards, Nordoff Robbins awards, and the prestigious Ivor Novello 'Best Contemporary Song' award for summer anthem 'Alright'.
Supergrass was convened in February 1993, following a fortuitous meeting between Gaz Coombes and Mick Quinn whilst working at a local Harvester, and the two hooked up with Gaz's previous band-mate Danny Goffey. A limited edition release of first single 'Caught By The Fuzz' in 1994 sold out immediately and on it's full release later that year achieved the rare feat of single of the week in both Melody Maker and NME.
A rapid succession of glorious singles followed, along with a Mercury nomination for debut album 'I Should Coco' and live appearances which honed the band's sound and sealed their reputation as one of the country's premier live attractions. Their second album beckoned.
'In It For The Money' was a darker yet somehow more uplifting instalment from a band who were clearly here for the long haul. A Huge leap forward in terms of sound and vision, this was the album that Supergrass had to make if they were to ensure that they would eventually make that fifth album that they had told us to watch out for in the early interviews. It was clear that this was a more ambitious album than 'I Should Coco' but one that still sparkled with the same irrepressible sense of fun and adventure that has always been the band's trademark.
Lead track from their third album, 'Pumping On Your Stereo', burst into the charts in 1999 with the trademark dash of knockabout humour, and the much anticipated thirs album 'Supergrass' followed in October of that year. Clearly the sound of the band growing up, it proved without doubt that Supergrass were not only a band who could make a classic album, but one who realised the importance of the perfect single. Just look at their greatest hts to date - 'Alright', 'Richard III', 'Sun Hits The Sky', 'Going Out', 'Moving' and you have the soundtrack to a young life worth living.
And then just when everyone's wodnering what's happened to British rock, along come Supergrass again to remind you that it;s been alive and well all along. With their fourth album 'Life On Other Planets', scheduled for release in September, Supergrass are sounding better than ever, both perfect for the moment at which it arrives and also out of time and , as it's stargazing title suggests, quite out of this world.
Supergrass make it all sound easy, they always have. But listening to 'Life On Other Planets' you realise that there aren't many bands of Supergrass's tip top quality knocking around. You'll love it just as much as the last three, probably more. Fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride.
V2002 Programme - August 2002