Diamond Hoo Ha, Supergrass

21st March 2008 at 00:00
Supergrass: what went wrong? In the Nineties they were guitar-packing indie whippersnappers with talent as big as their impressive sideburns. And then - what?

A handful of overproduced glam rocky-sounding albums later, the mutton chops have been hidden under trendy flat caps and the drummer's shacked up with some posh bird from Primrose Hill.

It's a far cry from the glory days of "Caught by the Fuzz", when Gaz Coombes sang about sobbing in the back of a van after being caught with dope at the tender age of 15.

But fans are hoping that their latest album, the brash and bluesy Diamond Hoo Ha, will signify a return to form.

With songs including "Rough Knuckles", "Whisky and Green Tea" and the title track, the band are promising big collars, big hair and dirty basslines. Early singles sound like The White Stripes after a hefty dose of helium. And while not up to the mesmerising standards of their I Should Coco days, they'll at least get your toes tapping even if they don't propel the boys back to the number one spot.

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