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Monday 24 November 2014

Coombes: Supergrass made me unhappy

Gaz Coombes is very proud of his new solo material
Gaz Coombes is very proud of his new solo material

Former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes has admitted the band were not happy together before their split in 2010.

Gaz, Mick Quinn and Danny Goffey were one of the most successful Britpop bands with their hit single Alright, but Gaz revealed they ended on a low.

He said: "I was very unhappy at the end of Supergrass. I think we all were, in different ways. I wasn't happy with the quality of the music we were making, I didn't think it was strong enough. What was great about the band was that there was always a high bar."

The band were in the middle of recording their unreleased seventh album Release The Drones when they opted to tour one last time and call it a day.

Gaz said: "It was an example of a band being confusing and not firing on all cylinders. It should be brilliant, being in a band, hanging out with mates and playing music all day, so when it doesn't feel like that, you have to knock it on the head."

And he has few regrets about the passing of Supergrass now he is focusing on his solo career.

The singer-songwriter said: "There's no part of me that wishes the band hadn't split up. It was the right time, and now is the right time for what I'm doing now.

"It feels a little bit like washing clean. I might not have the youthful exuberance I once did, but I couldn't be happier."

:: Gaz Coombes Presents... Here Comes The Bombs is out now. He begins a UK tour in Newcastle on Wednesday October 17.

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