Black Submarine are a five-piece band consisting of former Verve members Nick McCabe and Simon Jones, Davide Rossi, Michele ‘Mig’ Schillace and Amelia Tucker.
They released their debut New Shores earlier this year, will be on tour Echo And The Bunnymen throughout May and have just announced their own headline tour for October. Simon answers our questions
How are you feeling now the album is finally out?
Great. We did a few gigs earlier in the year and it’s brilliant to be out there, playing for fans. It’s been a couple of years that we’ve been together, although it was announced we’d formed this band as soon as The Verve split up and it was on all the online forums, but really it was just an idea in our heads at that stage.
Why so long though?
Well it was finding the singer. That’s always the hardest thing, and it took ages to find Amelia. Pete from The Verve was going to be in the band to start with too, but he bowed out for political reasons within The Verve camp, and fair enough, he’s a great friend of mine. Mig had worked with Nick before, and runs the Louisiana in Bristol, so we came together as musicians easily but we were missing that key ingredient.
Well we thought we might like this Massive Attack-style thing, where we had a cast of revolving singers, but that was more difficult than we thought.
Where did you find Amelia?
Mig had been doing a bit of management, and he was managing her. The rest of us had been to Denmark to a studio there, and come back with hours and hours of recorded material and we were auditioning people. Then Amelia sent in what is now Here So Rain, virtually complete, with a total understanding of what we were trying to do, and of song structure.
You can hear traces of The Verve on the album.
Yes, that’s always going to come across in our playing. But we didn’t want to just make a Verve record, that isn’t what we’re about at all.
There is a darkness in our music that was there on The Verve’s albums, and that’s going to come across, of course it is. But this album is stepping back to how we played before Richard (Ashcroft) learned to play the guitar, when it was just me and Nick and Pete.
And having Amelia in the band now is a very different proposition, and she’s a calming influence on us all. It’s definitely less blokey when she’s around, we don’t talk about pies as much.
TOUR DATE: Oct 4: Leeds Cockpit.