Review: Gaz Coombes at The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

Gaz Coombes
Gaz Coombes

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With nothing to prove after a glorious career fronting Supergrass, Gaz is now treating the world to the live version of his debut solo album, Here Come The Bombs.

There’s a hint of his old sound on the new material but he has moved away from guitar pop anthems – except maybe Simulator – to a more synth-y, laidback style.

As cool as you like (he was sporting sidies while Brad Wiggins was still using stabilisers), he’s at home on stage whether strumming his acoustic guitar, knocing out rock riffs or calmly sitting down at the keyboards.

Hot Fruit, Whore, Fanfare and Break the Silence all lived up to the studio sound and there was time to throw in a little new material – including upcoming single One Of These Days – and even revisit The Beat’s Mirror In The Bathroom (recorded with his Supergrass offshoot band Hot Rats).

Gaz was lapping up the intimate atmosphere of the Wedge (where Supergrass supported Shed 7 in 1994), the only drawback being a few idiots who talked non-stop even during the quieter numbers – prompting some good-natured admonishment from Mr Coombes.

If they were expecting old Supergrass songs, they had to wait until the encore when we were treated to acoustic versions of Moving and Sitting Up Straight before a full rockout finale to Richard III.

A successful return for Gaz? I should coco.