A question of “how did Nick McCabe get those insane sounds on The Verve’s A Storm In Heaven?” on a guitar discussion board I frequent inevitably turned into “Where’s Nick McCabe?”. The answer to the former is reasonably well-documented: an Alesis Quadraverb+ rackmount effects unit was the main secret sauce the utilized for his immense guitar sounds, and the making of that record was the focus of a recent feature piece in Guitar magazine:
To the latter question, while he did seem to disappear from music following the band’s second dissolution in 1998 the success of Urban Hymns, he has stayed relatively active after their third (and final?) split in 2009, after releasing and touring Forth. His project Black Submarine with Verve bassist Peter Jones hasn’t released anything since their 2014 album New Shores.
But obviously it’s his work with The Verve that people are still most interested in, and while any interviews he did around the respective releases of the first three records are mostly consigned to the physical copies of the magazines in which they appeared, I did find this one from Total Guitar in 1998 transcribed on a fan site (I have the actual magazine beside me; there’s another interview in Guitar that if I somehow end up with a surplus of free time, I will transcribe myself). But for now, there’s this from before the second band split:
The remastered reissues of A Storm In Heaven and A Northern Soul in 2016 generated their own press cycle, and he was able to speak about the records and the band’s story with the benefit of hindsight. He got into the drama of their creation with MusicRadar:
And had an extended interview with defunct magazine Coney’s Loft, now archived (again) at fan site The Verve Live:
Those releases were followed the next year with a massive 20th anniversary edition of Urban Hymns, and McCabe again was willing to sit down for some interviews about the record alongside bassist Simon Jones. The following is a compilation of a few (?) audio interviews from that press cycle, no idea with what outlets:
Radio-X’s X-Posure conducted a song-by-song run through Urban Hymns with McCabe and Jones offering commentary; obviously the musical portions have been excised from the upload, but it still runs over an hour.
There’s an extensive interview with McCabe at XSNoize about a lot of the Verve’s issues, but what caught my eye is:
Those tunes, four years on, have obviously not come to light but oh man, I’d like to hear that. Also the track he mentioned as being one of the best things they did that somehow still didn’t make it onto a five-CD box set? Thankfully it’s online:
In this interview with Gigwise, we find out why the track isn’t on the set:
So that’s that.
NME talked to McCabe about, well, Oasis, and the state of his relationship with Richard Ashcroft. NME is gonna NME, after all.
The late Drowned In Sound covered a lot of ground in their interview with McCabe, from the early days through his then-current musical projects:
And more recently, in Spring 2019, a music student got to get part-time lecturer McCabe to sit down for an interview on his work and experimental music in general. It’s just too bad he couldn’t have gotten a recording student to handle the audio on the video.