Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Trapped in Time

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Trapped in Time

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Supergrass POP Somerset House

THESE are tricky times for Supergrass.

There was something faintly incongruous about a band approaching middle age still performing the splendid Caught By The Fuzz, the tale of a youthful arrest, with its memorable couplet, "here comes me mum/She knows what I've done".

After all these years, their mother would, in all likelihood, be prevented from collecting her offspring by infirmity. Such, then, are the difficulties facing a band who will forever be defined as teenagers - the eternal youth they never asked for - no matter how they develop or how expertly singer Gaz Coombes trims his once-simian sideburns.

At the ever-beautiful Somerset House (although its charms were more elusive when the rains briefly came), Supergrass attempted to sneak into maturity by playing a third of their set sitting on stools like a self-conscious Crosby, Stills And Nash and covering Gill Scott-Heron's unquestionably adult Lady Day & John Coltrane. …

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