Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007
I have to thank the NME for helping me cover for my inability to get my New Pornographers review up today, as I’d originally intended but simply didn’t have the time to finish (or start). Because as it turns out, the “big Verve news” that they’ve been touting over the past week actually is newsworthy, as opposed to this non-item about a Smiths reunion (“Exclusive! Still Not Happening!”).
What they unveiled yesterday morning is “The Thaw Session” is a 14-minute excerpt from their first recording session and – shockingly – it sounds pretty damn good. As you’d expect from a 14-minute excerpt, it’s long, jammy and more than a little meandering but it sounds like The Verve – not solo Ashcroft – and even more than that, it sounds like early Verve. Obviously if this unnamed track makes it to a finished song it’ll be somewhat more concise, but there’s no denying there’s still some of the old chemistry present and any misgivings about the fruits of the reunion are, if not put to rest, somewhat allayed. Reports back from their first reunion gig at the start of November are now eagerly awaited.
Also announced last week was the news that Swervedriver were going to be coming out of mothballs next year for a world tour. The timing of this announcement was interesting as Adam Franklin is in the midst of a North American tour (stopping at the Drake Underground on Thursday) and while this certainly raises interest in what he’s doing, it kind of takes the steam out of any interest in his new solo record Bolts Of Melody. But for those who’ve been waiting a decade to see the Swervies live again – your last train to satansville has come in.
And I just want to say that as the reunions keep piling up, the fact that Ride isn’t getting back together just seems more conspicuous every day. They’d still have it if they did – check out the footage from their one-off reunion jam from a few years back. Electric.
Drowned In Sound interviews Land Of Talk, who released their expanded Applause Cheer Boo Hiss in the UK yesterday. Maybe they’ll have some copies for sale here when they play the El Mocambo on Monday night.