Bittersweet Tensions For Ashcroft

Stringy northern soulster Richard Ashcroft has hinted that there is still tensions within his band despite their seemingly successful reformation.

Friction has reportedly been brewing within The Verve camp as they have been putting together their new album Forth, ten year after their last long player Urban Hymns.

This shouldn’t be taken to heart though, as the singer told BBC 6 Music they’ve never necessarily seen eye-to-eye.

“Obviously there’s baggage and things that you’ve got to sift through," he said. "It’s not some Mills & Boon scene running down the beach as the sun sets. But it is the case that these four people make a unique sound together.”

Nick McCabe, the band’s guitarist confirmed that there’s always been an element of conflict within the band but that this only serves the music, man.

“We’ve had a lot of time to think about things, but hopefully we’re older and wiser, and it just seemed to me that I put a huge chunk of my life into this and there is no way that I would turn my back on it if there was ever a chance of it working again,” he told the Beeb.

The Verve returned to the live stage with a headline set at Glastonbury this year. You can find it just beneath this scribble:

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