The Verve's big announcement in today's NME (NME.com) is that they are following suit with Radiohead...to a degree. At www.nme.com/theverve, you can now download (for seven days only, beginning today) THE brand new track, from The Verve. As far as I know, it's the only new Verve track that exists, as their new album isn't due out until next year.
Apparently this track is a nearly-15 minute jam session of the very first time the four ex-and-now-once-again bandmates were in a studio together, earlier this year. The results are excellent; Ashcroft's voice is in top form and the funky bass mixed with psychedelic guitars is classic Verve. This album is going to be huge, at least in the UK, where they still know their rock & roll. Here, people would rather buy Britney Spears & Jessica Simpson, than listen to a real band.