Ashcroft speaks to NME in an exclusive cover feature in this week’s magazine (available now, free in the UK).
Ahead of releasing new album ‘These People’ on May 14, Ashcroft bemoaned the current state of the music industry, saying that he’s “got no faith in it whatsoever”.
He continued: “It’s sold itself up the river, stabbed people in the back instead of trying to create a good, solid British music alternative. Turn left for Cowell, turn right for this. The mainstream consumed our culture.”
“You can get as many songwriters in a room as you want for your new talent show contest winner, it’s never gonna sound like a great Noel Gallagher song sung by Liam, it’s never gonna reach ‘Live Forever’, it’s never gonna be [Verve song] ‘Lucky Man’. We know that.”
Asked whether he would work with Gallagher, Ashcroft replied: “It’s a great compliment for Noel to say something like that, and in the future who knows what might happen. I wish things like this would’ve happened years ago.”
Ashcroft went on to speak of his fondness for his Britpop peers, saying: “Even the guys we had a bit of friction with, I look back and wish them luck. If I hear [Pulp frontman] Jarvis Cocker on the radio it gives me a good feeling. He’s waving a flag for culture from that time. We’re not stopping.”
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Ashcroft recently released new track ‘This Is How It Feels’, which Liam Gallagher later praised.
Richard Ashcroft will play the following live dates:
Manchester, Albert Hall (May 14)
London, Roundhouse (May 16)