elbow

elbow

As they release their sixth studio album, ‘The Take Off and Landing of Everything’, it is fair to say that elbow are in a rare position within the music world. Few bands can lay claim to a career that encompasses over twenty years, even fewer can make that claim without changes to personnel and yet, elbow in 2014 are the same as elbow in 1992, Guy Garvey on vocals, Mark Potter on guitar, Pete Turner on bass, Craig Potter on keyboards and Richard Jupp on drums.

Always critically respected from their debut EP, ‘Noisebox’, a self-release that landed in John Peel’s Festive 50 of 1998, through the Mercury nominated debut of ‘Asleep In The Back’ (2001) to the current day and still the only band to score four consecutive 9/10 album reviews in NME, the band may now have Mercury, BRIT and Ivor Novello awards to their name and graduated from halls to arenas, inside pages to front covers, best kept secrets to globally recognised names, festival second stages to main stage headlines but their core motivation remains that stated by Guy on the release of debut single proper ‘Newborn’ in 1999:

‘It’s not very fashionable to give a s*** about anything but,  for us, both lyrically and musically it has to be sincere’.