Supergrass - The Roundhouse, London - 14/3/08

27 Mar 2008

"they will be forever remembered by their fans as those cheeky chappies riding around in a bed in the 'alright' video. but there are worse things to be remembered for than something timeless..."

Supergrass

Back in the day, the 365 days of 1995 to be precise, Supergrass were regarded as Britpop royalty alongside Blur, Oasis, Suede. They were young, they brushed their teeth and they were 'Alright.'

Ten or more years later, time has taken its toll. Gaz, Danny, Rob and Mick have all had their traumas. Mick broke his back on holiday in France last Summer, Danny was allegedly involved in a bit of wife-swapping and Gaz just indulged in some gratuitous side-burning growing.

Tonight at the Roundhouse the crowd largely consisted of those who remembered Britpop the first time round. They were in their 30s and with kids of their own. However, there was the occasional youngster in the crowd who were perhaps told by an elder relative that Supergrass was a "must see" due to their legendary Britpop status.

Six albums later, with their current LP Diamond Hoo Ha out now, the band stepped on stage. Gaz smartly donned a brown trilby throughout the set as he and the boys stormed through old favourites from their debut album 'I Should Coco' and 'In It For The Money' like 'Richard III', 'Sun Hits The Sky and 'Late In The Day.'

It was easy to see the band's musical range from tonight's set - as they veered from pop to wannabe punk rock. Happier songs like 'Pumping On Your Stereo' and 'Moving' generated a bit of a mosh from the crowd but their was little response to their new songs. A little too fresh for mass acceptance, perhaps?

All in all, Supergrass found it hard to shake off Britpop nostalgia at this gig tonight. They will be forever remembered by their fans as those cheeky chappies riding around in a bed in the 'Alright' video. But there are worse things to be remembered for than something timeless.

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