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Turner Hall at the Q Awards

Turner Hall were extremely proud that two of their acts won major gongs at the Q Awards last week (sorry it’s taken us this long to post about it – hangover just subsiding). Underworld took Track of the Year for Bells & Circles (the first track on their collaborative EP with Iggy Pop) and the mighty Ian McCulloch who won the Icon Awards (presented by Shaun William Ryder). Also in attendance – Courteeners‘ Liam Fray who presented best solo artist to Noel Gallagher and Gaz Coombes who presented best new act to the staunchest band around, Idles.

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World’s Strongest Reviews

Gaz Coombes‘ third album World’s Strongest Man was released this month to some pretty heavy praise…

“His best album yet” The Sun 4.5*
“Continuing proof that Gaz Coombes’ best work is happening in the here and now” Mojo 4*
“Each track feels completely different from the next, without ever feeling fractured, or out of sorts…. it’s nothing short of excellent” The Independent 4*
“As has been the case with both Matador and his debut solo album Here Come the Bombs, the magic of World’s Strongest Man lies in its details, the things that don’t reveal themselves until you’re listening to the album loudly for the third, fourth, fifth time. Whether he’s the world’s strongest man or not, Gaz Coombes is still one of Britain’s strongest – and perhaps underrated – songwriters” The Arts Desk 4*
“Olympian” Q 4*
“A timely deconstruction of masculinity for the #metoo era, World’s Strongest Man is a stunning platform for his skills” The Mirror 4*
“A haunted past, slightly nerve-inducing future, easily recognisable fears and hard to fathom, ambigious ones… Coombes can handle it all” Record Collector 4*
“A veritable melting pot of genre-bending songs… an adventurous and exciting record” Loud & Quiet
“Here’s an album by a male songwriter who feels deeply affected by the conversations happening around men and masculinity right now in light of #MeToo, Time’s Up and gender inequality in all its forms. Gaz Coombes isn’t congratulating himself on having these thoughts, he’s just trying to be more like the man he wants himself and other men to be. There’s room for a lot more of those” NME 4*
“Refined… intriguing… fierce… this rooster’s definitely mansize now” Classic Pop 4*
“Bold, brisk, rather beautiful” Uncut 8/10
“This is a dazzling thrill ride worth taking over and over…you’ll want to listen to World’s Strongest Man again and again” Mother Jones

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“A bit of mad scientist stuff.”

The overdue return of the mighty Gaz Coombes. New album this year. It’s staggeringly good, take our word.

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Matador reviews so far…

Released on January 26th, Matador was given the critical once-over by the great and the good of the British media. People seem to love it…

Matador’s sound textures are from a wide range of sources: gospel, a touch of Neu!… A trace of the Plastic Ono Band… Thrillingly on the edge of hysteriaThe Guardian 4 *

Inventive throughoutThe Times

Ambitious and affecting, Matador may well be Coombes’s finest work to dateEvening Standard 4*

He’s made his masterpieceQ 4*

By the end, it feels like a journey through one man’s rawest and real emotions… that likeable Supergrass scamp is shedding his youthful skin to emerge as a serious and fascinating artistMojo 5*

One man, one voice – but now with an even clearer vision than beforeRecord Collector

20/20 could be my favourite song of the yearThe Independent

A great solo artistNME

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Gaz Coombes Press Assets

Click through for PDFs of Gaz Coombes biog/press release and video links.

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Gaz Coombes

The hardest fight is the one you fight alone” Matador

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