Britpop band Supergrass is to split up after seventeen years and six albums together, citing “musical differences”.
The band, comprised of Danny Goffey, Mick Quinn and brothers Gaz and Rob Coombes, will play their last shows in a farewell tour through the U.K.
Formed in Oxford in 1993, Supergrass released their debut album I Should Coco in 1995. They went on to release five more studio albums, the most recent being Diamond Hoo Ha in 2008. It hit number 19 on the U.K. album charts.
Producer John Cornfield, who worked with Supergrass on their first three albums, said the break came as a surprise. “I thought they’d be an institution forever. They always seemed to get on well together. Everybody was pretty laid back, there were no real egos to deal with. So I’m very surprised.”
Cornfield also spoke of Supergrass’s potential for greater fame. “Maybe if they’d had that hankering for stardom then they could have been up there kicking Oasis and Blur’s ass.”
The band had been working on a seventh album, Release the Drones, which was meant for release in May. It seems unlikely to be completed, with the release date pushed forward to January 2011.
In January, Gaz Coombes and Goffey released a covers album under band name The Hotrats.