The Press Article
Town Hall, Christchurch, New Zealand, 02 March 2000
Supergrass, Stereo Bus, Mary, Chris Knox at the Christchurch Town Hall Auditorium, New Zealand, Thursday, March 2, 2000.
If breadth of mouth and volume of sideburn is the yardstick of modern rock 'n' roll then Supergrass, playing last night at the Christchurch Town Hall was up there with the Rolling Stones.
Resplendent in tousled mop top hairdos and decidedly low key attire, this British guitar pop band, that emerged in the mid nineties with humorous schoolboy antic classics such as caught by the Fuzz, Alright and more recently, Pumping on Your Stereo, were out delivering its white knuckled infectious pop tunes with a feline cool that belies its years.
It's hard to imagine that band members born with mid-nineties Brit-pop ringing in their ears could put together a gig so free of rock act seen in so many touring bands.
Supergrass set the scene gliding into Moving, a dreamy lovely day of a song, distinctly melodious and distinctly removed from repetitious rock.
The young crowd gathered momentum as the band flew into some of the pacier older songs. Strange One's fiery rhythms, Alright's light-hearted scampering, and, of course, the final pop anthem, Going Out, proved to be crowd igniters.
To my personal delight, the band brought with it lead singer and guitarist Gaz Coombes' brother. Refered to as the organ, Robert Coombes wound it up providing a nice groove and a deep, throaty backdrop to some of Supergrass back catalogue numbers.
Local boys The Stereo Bus were the best of the New Zealand acts with their set of warm ethereal pop sounds striking a fuzzy chord with a crowd that exhibited a rare reception for local bands, that of song familiarity.
It was obvious, after a puzzled reaction to Chris Knox's beguiling set and the rock-by-numbers Mary getting a fairly flat reaction, that Christchurch had brought out a pop-hungry crowd.
Considering that Gaz was clipping grass working in a restaurant in Oxford at the beginning of the last decade, these boys have come a very long way.
Nic Falloon, The Press (Christchurch Newspaper) - 03 March 2000