Here’s something you’ve probably heard a few times before: The Verve has broken up.
The news comes from a report in the the Sunday Mirror which quoted an unnamed “source” who claimed band members Simon Jones and Nick McCabe have not spoken to frontman Richard Ashcroft since performing at the V Festival in August last year.
“As far as Nick and Simon are concerned The Verve no longer exists,” the source said. “They think Richard was just using the reunion as a vehicle to get his solo career on track.”
The Verve reunited after a eight year hiatus in 2007. In the months that followed, the band would headline several music festivals, including Coachella 2008, and release its fourth full length, Forth.
However, according to the Mirror, problems stemming from McCabe’s social actives eventually caused tension amongst him and Ashcroft, ultimately resulting in the frontman’s refusal to work with his bandmates.
In response, McCabe and Jones have started a new venture, The Black Ships. As for Ashcroft, well, perhaps The Verve’s 1995 single puts it best…