Supergrass - May

UEA LCR, Norwich

> UEA LCR, Norwich

It's the tail-end of the exam period at UEA.

Students across the university are tired, stressed, and either trying to make it through their last few exams or trying to recover from the ones they've had.

Perfect excuse, then, for a night at the LCR with Supergrass – a band never knowingly subdued, and the proud owners of some of the sunniest, rockiest, downright catchy tunes ever recorded.

Having recently celebrated 10 years as a band with the cleverly titled “Supergrass is 10” compilation, their back catalogue is guaranteed to put a smile on the weariest of faces, and usher in the summer months ahead.

As if to prove that they are still very much a force amongst the current crop of indie pretenders, the set borrowed heavily from last album proper “Life On Other Planets”, and was all the better for it.

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The psychedelic Za and frantic Rush Hour Soul are as gleeful and imaginative as anything from their early days, with encore opener Grace welcomed with a roar and sung enthusiastically.

Their enormously successful debut album I Should Coco was not neglected though.

Early songs like the punky, panicky, Caught by the Fuzz, and riotous I'd Like to Know showed why they made it big.

The indie anthems came thick and fast, with Pumping On Your Stereo moving the crowd as one with the thumping bass line, and Sun Hits The Sky proving that the crowd can out-sing any amount of speakers.

Moving demonstrated their sensitive, soothing side, until the nagging riff of the chorus kicks in.

The only disappointment was the lack of the song that made them huge, Alright, but the band proved that they are much more than one Britpop classic.

For a couple of hours Supergrass turned the sweaty, stuffy heat of the LCR into a summer long party in the sunshine, and for that they should be applauded.