The British popsters want to have a rest before they play V2000 and tour the US with Pearl Jam...

Supergrass are planning to take the summer off after the conclusion of their US tour to concentrate on finishing writing new material, nme.com can reveal.

Speaking last week from the soundcheck at the Los Angeles’ Roxy Theatre, the second stop on their three-night stint in the city, drummer Danny Goffey said that although the band are working on new material, the trio were ready for a much needed break – with their only gigs being their two appearances at the V2000 festivals at Hylands Park, Chelmsford (August 19), and Weston Park, Staffordshire (August 20).

“We’ve just been touring our arses off for the last year,” he said. “We’ve kind of written a few songs and stuff but we haven’t really concentrated on another album yet. We’re gonna have this summer off really, and start writing songs and living a bit more again.”

The group have been performing tracks from their available catalogue and occasional B-side such as ‘Sick’ for the US tour.

No new songs have debuted, but the trio have ten new songs in “little bits,” according to bassist Mickey Quinn, who rang nme.com last Tuesday night while shuttling from a US webcast to gig three at the Troubadour.

“They’re all different to each other. We’ve a few punk songs that we’ve just got bits of riffs that aren’t even songs yet. Just lots of different stuff really.”

Supergrass’ US tour, which started on March 28, has seen the band’s Stateside profile increase, garnering them appearances on late night programs ‘Conan O’Brien’ and Jay Leno’s ‘The Tonight Show’, which the group performed on last week.

But, unlike some of their peers, such as Travis, the band remain relatively unconcerned about breaking America, according to Danny.

He said: “We don’t really believe in shoving things down people’s throats too much. We only do a certain amount of touring. We kind of treat it like Europe, America. We try and play most places, but…if [people don’t] hook on, get it and get what we’re doing then it doesn’t really matter. If it happens it happens. You need to get like a big hit on the radio. We haven’t really done that so we’re not expecting it.”

Supergrass return to America in the autumn for their prestigious opening slot on the Pearl Jam tour – and Mickey revealed that Eddie Vedder’s lot were huge fans of his band.

Mickey said: “[Pearl Jam] asked us about three years ago to do it and it just wasn’t a good time for us. But they asked us again so they must like us. And it seems to have worked out nicely.”

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