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Despite being Britpop megastars in the UK, Oxford’s Supergrass is more of an insider’s cult favorite in the U.S., known for their summery, funny/smart rock gems
that induce instant fan sing-alongs, clapping to the beat and waxing poetic about the far-gone nineties.

Frontman Gaz Coombes, drummer Danny Goffey and the rest of the band were certainly in high spirits tonight, making jokes about each other’s stripey shirts (Danny joking that the vintage one he was sporting was previously owned by Julio Iglesias) and calling the audience “a sexy bunch.” Aw, shucks.

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Though Supergrass may not reach icon level stardom here as they already have in Britain, it’s good to know they can pack Webster Hall with a devout crowd, (highly populated by Brits), who relished their every song, even the new material. Though many expected the night would be focused on their glamtastic latest, Diamond Hoo Ha, they treated fans to a fair mix of their best of songs and new tracks.

Though Bowie-esque new stunners like “Diamond Hoo Ha Man,” “Bad Blood” and “Outside” are definite blood-rushing anthems, nothing could replace the collective spine tingles that were surely felt when the band dusted off classics like “Moving,” “Late in the Day,” and “Pumping On Your Stereo.” To end the night, Supergrass played a high energy cover of The Police’s “Next to You” before leaving us with their first single from 1994, the stomping crowd pleaser, “Caught By the Fuzz.”

Tonight’s worshipful crowd and the tight audience/band connection not only proved that Supergrass’s set was, in parts, a trip down memory lane, but that Gaz and his mates (two of them his brothers) still have it, and New York will always be willing to listen.–Andrea D’Alessandro and MVW/photos by Tear-n Tan