Having first interviewed these guys on their native turf in Manchester, at the tiny Night And Day Café where their career began, it’s truly great to note just how popular the prog-minded Elbow has finally become.
They just played a hometown stadium gig before 17,000 ardent fans.
Their most recent set, “The Seldom Seen Kid,” finally pushed them into the mainstream. It went double platinum, and won a Mercury-Prize Album Of The Year Award in 2008. Now, they’re building on that momentum with the e.e. cummings-sly “build a rocket boys,” a new fifth record hat hits digitally March 8, then in physical formats April 12. They’ll also be debuting new songs like “Lippy Kids” at Coachella on April 16.
The disc was recorded at their own Big Room studios in Salford, with the band’s keen-eared Craig Potter producing and a Gospel-ish Halle Youth Choir chiming in on six of its eleven cuts.
Bandleader (and eerie Peter Gabriel soundalike) Guy Garvey has said that it works as a narrative, capturing in words and music what it’s like to be young, as seen through the eyes of a teen who simultaneously loves and loathes the experience.
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