The seats have been filled and the post-Create gig is officially sold out, but why should Ashford be so excited about a visit from self-proclaimed “laid back guy,” Gaz Coombes?
Born in Oxford in 1976, Coombes entered the music scene at a young age, starting out as lead-singer for young British rock group, The Jennifers, along with drummer Danny Goffey.
After the release of their only single Just Got Back Today, The Jennifers disbanded in 1992 and Coombes took up a job at his local Harvester restaurant where he met bass-guitarist Mick Quinn. Between the three of them; Coombes, Goffey and Quinn went on to form Supergrass in 1993.
During their 17-years together, Supergrass released six studio albums, each one hitting the UK top 20 in the album charts, including the electric debut I Should Coco. Their height of fame bought along notable names including Calvin Klein and Italian Vogue with offers to feature Gaz in their world-wide ad-campaigns. The band even had an offer to collaborate with Steven Spielberg, all of which they collectively turned down to focus on their music. These rare opportunities that many would have snapped up were brushed away so the band wouldn’t be set back in their success.
In June 2007 Supergrass supported the Arctic Monkeys in Dublin before announcing their heartbreaking split in 2010. The band played four farewell gigs before their parting and their 7th album Here Come the Drones was left unfinished and unreleased.
Coombes later announced he would be working on his first solo album only months after the split from Supergrass band-mates. His debut single Hot Fruit was released in March 2012, shortly followed by his first album Here Come the Bombs. Second electronica album, Matador was released on 26th January 2015, including songs such as The Girl Who Fell to Earth and 20/20.
It would appear that Gaz Coombes has certainly found a new voice in latest album, Matador. His new style is a million miles away from the late Supergrass sounds and it would be a shame to miss this experience first hand.
Ashford is lucky enough to have Coombes perform right in the heart of town this summer and if you haven’t got tickets now it may be too late, but fingers crossed great gigs like this continue to put Ashford on the music map as we see more big names performing right on our door step.
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