Former Supergrass head honcho Gaz Coombes will release his third solo album, World’s Strongest Man, on May 4 via Hot Fruit / Caroline International.
Produced by himself at his home studio in Oxford, the album is previewed by lead single ‘Deep Pockets’ – and it’s a peach! It propels itself on a rollicking, pulsating synth line and intense motorik rhythm intertwined with Coombes’ slightly fuzzed-out vocals and an injection of squalling, intense guitar riffs, and slick and infectious hook. ‘Deep Pockets’ provides a timely reminder, if one be needed, that Coombes has a rather special knack for crafting mischievously potent, catchy and hook driven guitar tunes.
The album itself is said to be inspired by Grayson Perry’s Descent of Man, Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’, Californian weed, British woodlands, unchecked masculinity, Neu! and hip hop (and a whole lot more besides). An interesting combination indeed and as such, it may prove to be Coombes’ most ambitious solo outing to date.
Speaking of dates…. Gaz Coombes has announced a show in The Academy, Dublin for Friday, May 25, along with a string of other tour dates, which you can check here.
Check out the video for ‘Deep Pockets’ below.