Facebook R&B crooner Mario has been relatively quiet on the music front for…
- Posted on Jun 10th 2010 6:00AM by Andrew Kerr
The four-piece announced they were calling time on their 17-year career back in April, so this was a chance to say thanks and goodbye to Scottish fans as they kicked off a brief farewell tour.
Starting with their most recent record, 'Diamond Hoo Ha,' the band worked their way in reverse chronological order to where it all began and 1995's debut album 'I Should Coco'.
Essentially their performance was split into six mini sets. Before playing a handful of tracks from each album the band departed the stage while a video montage flashed up images and sounds documenting not only the various stages of their development, but also the ever-changing length and width of Coombes' sideburns.
However just how well the set list worked is debatable. Playing their least successful albums first and saving the hits until the second hour meant it was a frustrating and rather run-of-the-mill first half. But at least the audience knew the best was to come.
And come it did as they eventually dispensed the kind of joyful indie pop that helped make Supergrass the lovable Britpop misfits they always were. 'Moving,' 'Richard III' and 'Sun Hits the Sky' showed little sign of age.
Surprisingly Coombes seemed withdrawn at times, and restricted his chat to thanking the crowd for turning up, which given the sense of occasion that surrounded the show proved somewhat disappointing.
But by rounding off proceedings with tracks from debut 'I Should Coco' the four went out on a high -- 'Caught by the Fuzz' provoking a mass outpouring of adulation from the sold-out crowd.