THE VERVE BREAK THEIR SILENCE: "THERE'S NO ANGER ANY MORE"
Wigan's finest finally open up about their vicious split and why, after
eight long years, they're back in action.
The Verve have broken their silence about their surprise reunion. When
the band announced a series of shows and plans to record an album back
in June, they kept silent, letting their manager do all the talking.
However, the quartet have now spoken to NME - their first interview
The band split last time in 1999 following the release of album 'Urban
Hymns' - although they had broken up once before in 1995.
So bitter were relations in the group that frontman Richard Ashcroft
suggested a Beatles reunion was more likely than the band ever getting
However, speaking ahead of their shows, which kick of in Glasgow on
November 2, guitarist Nick McCabe explained that the anger the band
members felt towards each other has well and truly subsided and when
frontman Ashcroft approached the rest of the group about a reunion they
all felt it was the natural thing to do.
"Well, I think me and Si [Jones] sort of arrived at the same point,
mentally really," explained McCabe. "We had quite a long time being
angry about it, and then once you've sort of resolved a lot of things in
your own mind about it, you kind of realize that it wasn't such a big
deal in the first place."
The band are now currently writing songs for a new album, and while they
do not have a confirmed release date, frontman Ashcroft suggested fans
will have something to look forward to sooner rather than later.
"It's pretty early days, really, to say what the sound is, where we are
right now," explained the frontman. "From the bits I've heard so far,
it's got elements of all The Verve sounds that people are into. Tunes,
jams, jams that'll morph into tunes, you know?"
The band are now focused on their winter tour, with more dates rumored
to be announced alter this year.
"I feel like I've never played as well in my life," explained bassist Si
Jones of the band's rehearsals so far. "And hearing Pete [Salisbury,
drummer] after such a long break, he's never played as well in his life
either. Richard's playing keyboards and guitar and we're all
contributing. That's how we do it, it's very organic. We came in
and...Richard's got some tunes, but in terms of jams, we came in and
just pressed record and see what happens. And what happens is The
For an exclusive interview with the band, see this week's NME issue, out
Originally Appeared in NME, 7 September 2007
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