Richard Ashcroft: "Bigger Than The Verve"
Richard Ashcroft has said he believes his name will be bigger than The Verve thanks to the songs on his latest album “These People” out May 20.
New album 'These People' is his first since 2010's 'United Nations Of Sound' and was recorded largely in Ashcroft’s basement home studio. It features orchestration from Wil Malone, who worked with Ashcroft on The Verve’s 'Northern Soul' and the ten million-selling 'Urban Hymns' as well as his 2000 debut solo album 'Alone With Everybody'.
Speaking to The Guardian Ashcroft said he’s spent the past six years (following 2010's 'United Nations of Sound') “breaking myself down and building myself up again”, a process that he says has been painful. He stopped using the internet and threw away his mobile phone. Ashcroft isn’t known for humility, but says he asked himself: “Have I got anything to offer or am I just adding more shit to the pile?” Gradually, he regained the desire to make music. “All those stabs in the back and ceilings that have been put on me in my life started building up again, so I’ve come back fighting,” .
He continued “I’ve had tons of incredible conversations with people who say they got married or buried relatives to my songs. My mission now is to reconnect with that sleeping audience and get us all to congregate in one place, cos I’ve seen what happens when we release that valve."
"Hearing 'This Is How It Feels' on the radio was an amazing feeling, like starting again," he said. "But I believe that in the end my name will be bigger then the Verve because of all those great tunes and the power of what I stand for.”
Asked “Haven’t you ever looked at Coldplay and thought: “That should have been us”?”. “I wouldn’t trade what Coldplay have achieved for any of my songs,” he declares. “I know Chris would probably give up a certain amount of his kingdom for Bitter Sweet Symphony.”
Below the two singles anticipating “These people” release on May 20.
Richard Ashcroft - This Is How It Feels
Richard Ashcroft - Hold on