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Jones: Submarine darker than Verve

Black Submarine's Simon Jones has admitted the band will always have roots in The Verve's music, but feels their new material is darker.

When The Verve split in 2009, band members Simon and Nick McCabe formed Black Submarine with Davide Rossi, Michele 'Mig' Schillace and Amelia Tucker.

Bassist Simon admitted their debut album New Shores had traces of The Verve's sound.

He said: "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."

Black Submarine will be going on tour with Echo And The Bunnymen throughout May.

Simon revealed: "They just asked. We can't wait for it, and you can't underestimate how important a good tour support slot is.

When we were in The Verve, we supported some great bands, Spiritualized, Smashing Pumpkins and so on, and we had bands like Oasis support us too. It's a massive thing and you can really pick up an audience by playing to the right people. I know we're a good band, and we're going to raise the roof on this tour."

For more information, see www.blacksubmarine.co.uk.

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