Live: Supergrass

first_imgDespite this being their first home-coming gig for some time, it was a pretty unhyped event. Inside the venue, there were true Supergrass fans from the days of the Jericho Tavern. The unfashionable New Theatre, with its rows of seats, prevented even the most enthusiastic of fans from doing anything more than nod their head in time. Following on from the excellent 22-20s (who must surely strike out on their own soon) Supergrass seemed a little nervous. Whether it was the fact they were performing their less popular material at first, or the white lighting which made the stage look empty, for the first half of the gig, they looked decidedly uneasy. This changed, however, when the lights dimmed and Gaz and Nick reappeared with acoustic guitars on a leather sofa. The audience seemed drawn to the stripped down sound and raw vocals, and sang along. After this acoustic interlude, what followed was brilliant. More up-tempo rock and roll numbers were included between classic songs like ‘Be Alright’, and ‘Pumpin’ on the Stereo’ and the audience loved it. This was the Britpop Supergrass tat Oxford remembered and loved; better lighting displays and clever use of live action images. The experimental Supergrass didn’t hit the right notes, and seemed unwilling to play their familiar songs. Loyal fans know the Britpop sound they like, and maybe Supergrass will acknowledge this.ARCHIVE: 2nd week TT 2004last_img

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