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Song Premiere: "The Drugs Don't Work" (Verve cover) by The Art Of The Soul

21 June 2022

Piano cover of The Verve “The Drugs Don’t Work”

Hailing from the midlands of England, The Art Of The Soul (Andrew Baker) gives the British music scene of the late 80s/90s the love and appreciation it deserves. Last month featured the debut single, a cover of Morrissey’s “Suedehead”. He follows that success with a beautiful rendition of The Verve classic. Written by frontman Richard Ashcroft in 1995 and released on 1 September 1997, the track itself has been known to reduce fans to tears. Showcasing the song’s haunting melody, this version will certainly give the same emotional response. Each month a new single will drop covering all the great bands of the time. What artist will be next?

The Art Of The Soul was discovered by Gilligan (Fake Chapter Records) after finding youtube videos of his favorite tunes including “Happy” by Ned’s Atomic Dustbin. Over email, he convinced the piano player to get out of his living room and into the studio.

“I do it for the joy of it. I’ve been tinkering on the piano since childhood, as my mum has always had a piano in the house. I have to work the songs out by ear as unfortunately I can’t read music. When I was 17 I started hearing the chords for stone roses, the smiths, new order and the cure, and played them on my mum’s piano, keying the melodies. There are such beautiful melodies written by those classic indie bands, and the piano seems to bring out the raw melodies and music underneath.”