Tuesday, February 10, 2015

"She's A Superstar" demo surfaces online

Paul O'Neill has put up an excerpt of the Verve demo for "She's A Superstar" on Soundcloud. The demo was recorded in 1992 at Splash Studios in Wigan and is presumably one of numerous demos recorded there. According to a poster on the Northern Souls forum, O'Neill had the only recording and rehearsal studio in Wigan at the time.
From 1998's Bittersweet Triumph published in Rolling Stone:
Imagination was all the Verve had to go on in 1990 and '91 – before they started making records, when they would play from sunset to sunup for nothing more than their own amusement and exhilaration in a small, dank rehearsal space at Splash Studios, in Wigan. 
"It had black curtains on all four walls; a low Seventies-polystyrene ceiling; a damp, tatty carpet," Jones, 25, says of that room, which the band members paid for with contributions from their unemployment checks. "It stunk; it was freezing. We tried taking heaters down there, but it never helped much...we'd just pick up our instruments," he says, "and without saying a word, just play what came out. Jamming. I can honestly say we never sat down."
  • Kudos: Permanent Starlight and ANorthernSoul 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

New Song: Black Submarine perform "Careless"

  • Recorded at The Louisiana in Bristol, UK on Friday, October 24, 2014
  • Kudos: TheProse

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Nick McCabe and Mig Schillace interview for BBC Radio Bristol

Nick McCabe & Mig Schillace of Black Submarine were recently interviewed by Richard Pitt for BBC Radio Bristol's Introducing in the West, a radio show which supports unsigned, undiscovered, and under the radar music. 

Introducing in the West airs tonight at 8 pm UK time and can be heard at this link or on BBC Radio Bristol, BBC Radio Gloucestershire, BBC Somerset or BBC Wiltshire.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Video premiere: The Charlatans "Talking In Tones" featuring Pete Salisbury

This week, the Charlatans announced their as-yet-untitled 12th album. The band’s new material is their first output following the death of drummer Jon Brookes last year, and will honour the late musician: “Jon was adamant that there was going to be another Charlatans record, and you have to put that into your own thoughts,” Tony Rogers says of the release.

Out through Quietus Phonographic Corporation, the first glimpse into the record comes in the form of Talking In Tones. Sewn together with a subtly baggy rhythm, it features that distinctive Charlatans organ sound from Tony Rogers, with drums from Pete Salisbury of The Verve. Speaking to the Quietus, Tim Burgess says that the phrase “talking in tones” is about “telepathy in relationships”, a theme which came to the singer in the strangely inspiring location of outside Barclay’s Bank in Islington, London.

Starring Nico Mirallegro as a young Tim Burgess, the video for the track was directed by Nik Colk Void of Factory Floor.

  • Source: The Guardian 
  • Kudos: Joe Col

    Friday, May 23, 2014

    Former Verve guitarist Nick McCabe selling equipment to fans via Facebook

    Items include guitars, amps and effects pedals

    Former Verve guitarist Nick McCabe is selling off various guitars, amps and pieces of musical equipment via his Facebook page.

    McCabe announced the sale on May 18 and has been regularly updating the items on sale. Among the sought-after pieces are a 1972 Telecaster Deluxe seen on the 'Love Is Noise' video, and pedals used on 2008 Verve album 'Forth'.

    In a May 18 post, McCabe concedes that "The past two years have been hard on my bank balance" but later writes that he's finding the clear-out rewarding. "I'm actually extracting a lot of joy from selling all this stuff off, who'd have thought," he wrote. He's also been posting pictures of himself packing and signing items bought by fans.

    McCabe has let sentimentality get the better of him when it came to one item, his red Fender Stratocaster, named Spike, which was removed from sale.

    "I've had all kinds of reactions to selling that guitar, but generally people closest to me say, 'You can't'," he writes. "I've managed to autoerase most of my history several times, maybe it's time to [stop] doing that. Everything else is still up for grabs."

    McCabe's current band Black Submarine features his former Verve bandmate Simon Jones, as well as Davide Rossi, Michele 'Mig' Schillace and Amelia Tucker. The band's debut album, 'New Shores', was released in February.

    Friday, April 25, 2014

    Ola's Kool Kitchen with guest DJ's Black Submarine

    Ola's Kool Kitchen show on Radio 23, Rock XS Radio, Magic Monster with special guest DJ's Nick McCabe and Si Jones from The Verve, Mig Schillace from Portishead/Santa Cruz UK and Amelia Tucker from Black Submarine playing an eclectic range of ace tunes.

    Recorded April 19, 2014. Verve talk from 41:42-52:22. Full show link here.