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'Grass war!

Byline: By Jo Manning South Wales Echo

Julie Walters, The Queen Mum and Only Fools And Horses. All very different entities but they've all been described as national treasures at some point in their existence.

And now thanks to the NME, shiny-toothed Brit-poppers Supergrass, an incredible 10 years old this year, can be added to this list.

Famous for their sideburns as well as their endlessly loveable toons, it's hard to believe the Oxford four-piece has been around for a decade. And that's mainly because their happy-go-lucky attitude has kept them so refreshing and fun in a British scene always over-stuffed with angsty indie-types.

Even now with their latest single Kiss Of Life, Danny Goffey, Mick Quinn, Gaz and Rob Coombes are determined to push things forward.

'It's pretty different from the last couple of singles - it's upbeat, uplifting and more rhythm section orientated,' says Supergrass' chief ivory-tinkler Rob Coombes. 'That's probably because we've been working with dance producers on the track.

'We've always tried to play around with our styles and there are still things we'd like to explore, so this definitely isn't the end of Supergrass.'

Rob is, of course, referring to the fact that the 'Grass are releasing their hits compilation Supergrass Is 10, on June 7, on top of a singles tour which hits Cardiff University's Students' Union tomorrow night. Both are moves which can sometimes signal the death knell for a band.

'We hope not,' says Rob. 'We want to carry on doing this for as long as we can. Just because you're 10 years old it doesn't mean the end.

'In fact, we went to great pains not to call this a greatest hits compilation for that very reason. The album actually features our favourite songs, as opposed to just the singles.'

Sunday's stop-off in Cardiff will be something of a trip down memory lane for Rob, who studied astro physics at Cardiff University around the time Supergrass were born.

'We lived in Richmond Road in Roath, Cardiff,' remembers the 32-year-old. 'We were students, we couldn't pay our bills.

'Other than him I've actually got lots of good memories of Cardiff. I would hang around in Clwb Ifor Bach when I was with my friends who speak Welsh. Or in the Angel Tavern or Four Bars.'

Supergrass play the Great Hall in the Students' Union, Park Place tomorrow night. Tickets, priced at pounds 16 are still available from 029 2078 1458.

WE have three copies each of the Supergrass Is 10 CD and two-disc DVD to giveaway. To win, simply tell us the name of Supergrass' singer.

Send your answers, along with your name, address and telephone number to Supergrass competition, Jo Manning, the week, South Wales Echo, Thomson House, Havelock Street, Cardiff, CF10 1XR.
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Date:May 15, 2004
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