Interview: Ex-Supergrass man looks back - and ahead

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Interview by Graham Chalmers, Gig Scene Editor

Gaz Coombes never meant to ‘go solo’. But when Supergrass split up in 2010 after 16 hit-packed years, the band’s former frontman fell into it almost by accident.

“I had no intention of launching a solo career but I’m loving it,” he tells me on the phone from his Oxfordshire home where he lives with his partner and two daughters.

“It was a natural progression. I didn’t stop writing after the split. I’m just glad the three or four songs that came out first were crackers,” says the 37-year-old musician.

Fans can expect plenty of tracks from the resultant, well-received solo album Here Come The Bombs when he headlines this year’s family-friendly Deer Shed Festival in the great outdoors at Topcliffe in July.

As well as that album’s first single Hot Fruit with its industrial loops and off-kilter time signature and impressively catchy album tracks such as Sleeping Giant and Break The Silence, he admits he may throw in a few of his former combo’s hits, too.

“I’m proud of our years together as Supergrass. I’m proud we didn’t succumb to ludicrous offers that came up along the way. We did things the right way.”

For a man best known for large sideburns, a wide smile and keeping his teeth “nice and clean”, Gaz is quietly unconventional, more artist than pop star, dedicated to craft not celebrity.

He’s a fan of both TS Eliot and Quentin Tarantino, particularly the latter’s Inglorious Basterds, and his girlfriend Jooles Poore is a writer.

For the full length version of this interview, see the Weekend supplement in the Harrogate Advertiser Series (April 18 edition)