Gaz Coombes about Supergrass and first solo LP.

When Britpop stalwarts Supergrass had “a 17-year itch” and split up last year, the trendily hirsute foursome left a void where their hotly anticipated seventh studio album, Release The Drones, should have been. Having been tipped as their most creative album to-date, promising instrument swapping and minimalist experimentation, it proved to be their downfall. In April the band publicly announced their “musical differences” and went their separate ways.

Since then, instead of taking a well-earned break, former front man Gaz Coombes, 36, has been busier than ever. Far from feeling creatively spent post break-up, as might be expected, he said he experienced “a surge of energy and songs”. Having transformed the basement of his Oxfordshire home into a recording studio, he’s been working with producer Sam Williams to put his debut solo album together. The yet-to-be-named record is almost finished, he says, and is due to be released in the autumn.

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