Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Echo & the Bunnymen are taking to the road in May 2014 for a string of live shows across the United Kingdom, and Black Submarine have been announced to support the iconic band on tour.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
In the interview, the band discussed their debut album New Shores, the songs that have influenced them, and the music they are currently listening to. The band also premiered the track, "You've Never Been Here." If you missed the it, follow this link and select "22:00 - 18/02/2014." New Shores will be available on March 9, 2014.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Monday, February 3, 2014
After a bruising time with The Verve, guitarist Nick McCabe tells Sarah Walters why he's now ready to unveil his new band
Nick – best known as peerless guitarist in Wigan band The Verve – is putting together the 'technicals' for a short tour with his new band Black Submarine, who stop off at the Deaf Institute on Wednesday.
Despite years of working with musical luminaries such as John Martyn, and as a producer, he has never formed a band outside The Verve. “The last Verve album had a couple of lessons for me really,” says Nick.
“I had previously come out of that band quite damaged, as the scapegoat for various machinations in the band that had been pinned on me. Post each period of The Verve, I had a period of convalescing and licking my wounds.
“The reason I continued at all is because I'm passionate about music, and that's been a blessing and a curse – while that's given me the conviction to carry on making music, I have rejected the notion of getting involved in anything with a profile that would ruin the satisfaction of it.”
Recording sessions for the final Verve record, Forth, were what allowed Nick to 'make peace' with those anxieties. He rekindled a fruitful writing relationship with The Verve's bassist Simon Jones, and it soon became clear that they could put together a project they'd been considering working on since they were teenagers.
“It was a bit of a triumph over adversity,” Nick recalls, “we realised all the bull**** didn't have to affect us. I don't think The Verve ever played as well as we did on that tour, but it's not to be underestimated the politics in that band; even the people who worked with us got sucked into the dysfunction.
“Pete Salisbury (The Verve's drummer) was going to come on board with us, but his loyalty to Richard (Ashcroft) and the politics... Rather than getting embroiled in that, he just bowed out gracefully.
“A lot of other things conspired in our favour: I had a working relationship with Mig (Schillace – former drummer for Portishead) and I'd been sparring verbally with Dav (Davide Rossi – strings visionary for Goldfrapp, Coldplay and the Forth LP). Instead of belligerently sticking two fingers up at the music business, I thought, 'Well, I've invested most of my life in this business, this is what I want to hear and if that satisfies my idea of quality then someone else is going to get it too'.
“At this point in life, I can look at things and realise how lucky I am.”
Finally, then, in 2010 Nick, Simon, Davide and Mig unveiled The Black Ships, and an EP started doing the online rounds – Kurofune, a 25-minute psychedelic masterpiece and classic McCabe territory. A legal challenge from an American band forced a name change from on to under the ocean, the Massive Attack-style revolving roster of singers was abandoned in favour of permanent vocalist Amelia Tucker and, 18 months on, there's an album ready to go.
New Shores is 'the cream of a big crop' from sessions that were more jammed than contrived. It's pretty wow: majestic and utterly without musical boundaries. It's no accidental wander away from the genres and Zeitgeists McCabe rejects, and it acknowledges how liberated musicians in a post-major label age can be.
“Genre fascism has gone the other way, even prog's being rehabilitated! And that means we're in a position where everybody has very disparate tastes and everything you hid away in your record collection as your dirty little secret is fair game,” Nick smiles.
“Music doesn't have to be this highly conceptual hybridisation, it can be as simple as letting your subconscious vomit. That's where I'm more excited really – when things spill forth and you go, 'Where did that come from?'. If you've got five people in a room and they all let their subconscious vomit you're going to get something really interesting.”
Laughter erupts. “Honestly, though, I'm going back to being five years old listening to The Planets suite by Holst, you don't have a visual stimulus for what you listen to so you've got more room for imagination. I like to think with this record we've let the universe in – that it's a drug experience without the drugs.”
- Source: Manchester Evening News
- Kudos: Daniel
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Monday, January 20, 2014
Friday, January 10, 2014
In a recent update, Black Submarine announced that their debut release date will be delayed by one month.
With the run up to Christmas, we have been up against it with trying to fulfill press schedules and video production for our first promo release 'proper', Here So Rain, (soon to be available for digital download on the 2nd March), and subsequent requests for press and promo to give this its deserved exposure means we need a little more time to prepare for our album release "New Shores."
We have therefore, with a lot of consideration, decided to push the album release date back by a month to the 9th March (physical release available 10th March). We're sorry to ask you to wait a little longer, and as a way of showing this anyone whom has pre-ordered the album from Pledgemusic will be first to see the video for the new song, which is available to watch on that platform now.
No-one apart from us and our nearest and dearest has seen this yet, so we're glad to share it with you all first, as a thank-you for your support.
For everyone else the video will go live here or here abouts this time next week. We have just released another 30 tickets for London on Feb 6th at Wilton's Music Hall, and 35 left for Manchester on the 5th at The Deaf Institute. And, we have just put a Bristol show on sale on the 3rd Feb at The Louisiana. Get tickets here.
Also of note are the new physical release dates, which are as follows: Worldwide - Monday 10th March, with the following exceptions: US, Canada, Mexico, Italy-Tuesday 11th March. Japan and Sweden - Wednesday 12th March. Australia, NZ, Benelux, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark and Ireland - Friday 7th March.
We really appreciate everyone's patience on this matter and look forward to seeing you all at our forthcoming gigs in February. It goes without saying that anyone unhappy with the extra month's wait is entitled to a full refund, and anyone who has ordered the album with a ticket for one of the gigs will still receive their ticket for the gig. Thanks for your patience and understanding and Happy New Year to you all.
Si, Dav, Mig, Nick and Amelia
PS: Big Thanks to John Kennedy on XFM for being the first person to play Here So Rain on Radio.