Sunday 26 July 2009

Introducing The Black Ships

The Black Ships is the new band by Verve's guitarist Nick McCabe and bass player Simon Jones, together with electric violinist and arranger Davide Rossi and drummer Mig Schillace.

Nick and Simon met Davide during the making of The Verve's last record Forth, where he helped with the string arrangements and some electric violin playing. They eventually joined on stage for some of their headlines at Glastonbury, V Festivals and Summercase, plus other appearances on TV and radio in the UK.

After the Verve finished touring in August 2008, it was decided that something new should emerge from such a meeting. That took shape in November 2008 in Copenhagen, Denmark, where the band met for the first time to play and record new material straight away.

It was then that Nick brought with him long time friend and collaborator Mig Schillace, to complete the rhythmic section and with it the core line-up of the band.

Since then the boys have been and are still working on it! It's a slow process, which needs the care and time that it needs, but music fans out there should expect some teasers real soon!

Saturday 25 July 2009

Simon Jones Is Still Alive

Simon Jones has updated his myspace blog today and had this to say:

"Ok, Ok......Its Been a whole freakin year since I logged on to this bugger! What can i say, but sorry to all unanswered questions/requests etc.. but life gets in the way sometimes!!!!!

Anyway, keeping this short - Verve on 'Holiday' so check out The Black Ships (in my friends list) something special is brewing in the ocean - its all i'm saying as its in an embryonic state but i can hear "the ships" creaking................

Off on REAL holiday for two weeks, expect some new music on player soon - yes I know its been along time comin'!"

Friday 10 July 2009

Oasis Dedicate 'Live Forever' To Richard Ashcroft

Oasis suffered a short sound problem during their Wembley Stadium show in London last night (July 9) – but Noel Gallagher was quick to quash any refunds.

However the problem proved to be just a blip in the set, which saw frontman Liam Gallagher dedicate 'Live Forever' to The Verve's Richard Ashcroft, who was at the gig.