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Supergrass New Album Uncovered

As news emerges about the release of Supergrass’ fifth studio album ’Road To Rouen’, singer Gaz Combes talks exclusively to Xfm about what the new record sounds like, and how “very, very good” it is.

Following Supergrass’ last album proper (2002’s ‘Life On Other Planets’) and last year’s ‘Supergrass Is 10: The Singles’, Best Of album, the band have now announced a new record, 'Road To Rouen'.

“Its coming out on August 15, mate,” ‘Grass frontman Gaz Combes explained to Xfm, “It’s very, very good. Very different and exciting and full over lots of stories and flavours and… Well, yeah stuff.”

The record was recorded in a studio in Normandy, France (hence the album’s pun title) and marks a departure for the band, being a more loosely structured experimental album than its predecessors.

“It is a more acoustic in places yeah. It is kinda like that yeah,” Combes continued, “Y’know, it’s been a crazy couple of years and we’ve tried to put it into a record and this is what we’ve came out with. It’s a great record, yeah.”

As for live outings, the band will be undertaking a handful of low-key dates in June and July, including the O2 Wireless Festival, but don’t expect too many festival shows.

“We’re not really doing that much as we’ve literally just finished off the record, so we’re coming up to kind of a weird time,” Combes explained, “But maybe we’ll tag onto the end of a couple. We just did Isle of Wight, which was superb, we had a great laugh and I might try to get over to Glastonbury if I can. We’ll see how it goes.

“And Wireless will be really good. I’ll get my kids down for that. It’ll be great, that’ll be a really good day.”

’Road To Rouen’, is expected to be released on August 15 on Parlophone Records and will be preceded by a new single ‘St Petersburg’ on August 8.

Supergrass’ summer live dates are:
  • Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, London (June 27) (supporting Coldplay)
  • O2 Wireless Festival, Hyde Park, London (29)
  • Bellahouston Park, Glasgow (July 1 & 2) (supporting Coldplay)
  • Somerset House, London (August 4)

xfm - 21 June 2005