“I’m a little mashed up/I’m the world’s strongest man…”
"This is a highly accomplished and deeply felt third album to add to an already auspicious Gaz Coombes canon...undoubtedly one of Britpop’s Strongest Men." — musicOHM.com
95bFM and The Tuning Fork are delighted to announce Brit-pop royalty, Gaz Coombes (Supergrass), will play one New Zealand show in September 2018. Gaz's first NZ solo show follows the release of his lauded new album 'World's Strongest Man'.
World’s Strongest Man is the magnificent third solo album by Gaz Coombes. Inspired variously by Grayson Perry’s the Descent of Man, Frank Ocean’s Blonde, Californian weed, British woodlands, unchecked masculinity, Neu! and hip hop (and a whole lot more besides), it’s a truly remarkable collection of eleven deeply personal songs each set to expansive, addictive melody. From the deep soul purge of the title track’ to the coruscating Fripp-goes-motorik sprint of Deep Pockets via the gorgeous cyclonic ballad Slow Motion Life and Vanishing Act’s raw-as-hell stream of consciousness panic attack, World’s Strongest Man is a bold, ambitious, free-thinking, future-facing rock‘n’roll record.
World’s Strongest Man is the follow up to 2015’s Matador – a record pretty much conceived, recorded and mixed in the studio equivalent of solitary confinement. Following its release, Gaz evolved from ‘the former Supergrass frontman’ to hugely respected Mercury nominated solo artist in the space of just ten months. That album spawned five singles and was described by Q as “his masterpiece”. Like Matador, World’s Strongest Man was written, recorded and produced by Gaz Coombes at his home studio and at Oxford’s Courtyard Studios (with co-production from long time studio partner Ian Davenport in a working process Gaz compares to what it must be like “editing a novel”).
"World’s Strongest Man is mindfulness for now – a pat on your back that it’s not just you" — 13th Floor
"...it’s nothing short of excellent" — The Independent (UK) 8/10
"This follow-up goes the whole hog. ... Frank Ocean's Blonde reportedly influenced the tech-driven songwriting process, but there are echoes, too, of U2 at their more exploratory, and, on the twisty-riffed In Waves, last year's QOTSA album." — Q Magazine 8/10
Opening the show will be Samuel Flynn Scott, the principle singer and songwriter with The Phoenix Foundation and Bunnies on Ponies.
The Phoenix Foundation have released 6 critically acclaimed albums since forming in Wellington 20 years ago. They have been nominated for more Silver Scrolls and NZ Music Awards than any other New Zealand band.
The Phoenix Foundation have appeared on Later..With Jools Holland and are one of New Zealand’s most loved acts. 2018 will see them tour the country performing their songs with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Samuel’s three solo albums have led to support slots ranging from Nick Cave (with David Kilgour) to Neil Finn. He has produced and co-written tracks with many well-known creatives including composing the music for Taika Waititi's Eagle Vs Shark and Boy, two highly successful New Zealand films.