27 April 2008

"Our new songs are made for stadiums"

The Verve gave their first US performance in 10 years at the Coachella Festival last night (April 25), and NME.COM caught up with guitarist Nick McCabe before their set. Talking about the new album the newly reunited band have been working on, McCabe said that it is "tailor-made for stadiums" and has a lot in common with their huge-selling 1997 record 'Urban Hymns'.

"It's the best thing we've ever done," McCabe said. The band, who reunited for a handful of UK shows late last year, have been hard at work on the follow-up to 'Urban Hymns' for the past few months. McCabe said that they had originally intended to release the new album in May, but are now aiming for an August release due to some unexpected delays.

The Verve
will likely announce additional US tour dates in September, McCabe said, adding that they've all grown as musicians and it feels better than ever to be playing together again. However, the legendary guitarist did admit to some pre-show jitters before taking the stage at the California desert festival. "My knees might go a bit wobbly when I see a few thousand people out there," he said.