Cave Painting’s support slot was impressive. With high pitched vocals and prominent drums this is a band with a lot of artistic merit. The lead singer displayed his interesting vocal range which was of a very high standard. The highlight of their set was when they played ‘So Calm’ as it showcased all their qualities as a band. Their last song was a rousing finish and got the crowd ready for Gaz Coombes.
Anyone who was expecting Gaz Coombes to be just carrying on Supergrass but without the other members could not have been more wrong. His solo material is far more moody, stripped back and considered. He has also embraced electronic music. It was clear from the moment he played ‘Bombs’ leading into ‘Hot Fruit’ that his new material wasn’t at all similar to his previous work. The only elements that remained were his sideburns and the charm and occasional lightheartedness of his lyrics. ‘Hot Fruit’ built towards a heavy rocky ending with some mad drumming.
This new album shows a new fondness for slow atmospheric intros building towards big rasping finishes. The best example of this was the third song ‘Sub-Divider’. Gaz Coombes is flourishing with this opportunity to put his experience and talent to use. Every song was well structured and though many of the crowd were unfamiliar with his new work people were dancing. This was evident when he played ‘Whore’, for people to instantly appreciate and enjoy tracks like these on first listen is a huge endorsement of the work he is creating. He showed his depth with the slower piano number ‘Sleeping Giants’. He also gave us a glimpse of his musical knowledge and influences by covering The Beat song ‘Mirror In The Bathroom’.
The closing section of his set was upbeat and highly engaging. ‘Simulator’ had people dancing and singing along with the last few choruses. The set finished with ‘Break The Silence’ which was a good choice due to the big choruses which the crowd clapped and shouted along with especially after the long breakdown.
Gaz then came back without the band to perform his acoustic encore of Supergrass songs. The first was ‘Moving’ which sounded brilliant done acoustically with the crowd singing along with every word. This was a moment that made the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. He then played ‘Sitting Up Straight’ from the first Supergrass album before the rest of the band joined him on stage to perform a cover of the Gang Of Four track ‘Damaged Goods’.