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Live Gig Video: Elbow at Pyramid Stage, Glastonbury 2011

By on Thursday, 30th June 2011 at 2:00 pm

Elbow really can’t do anything wrong in my book. And this trend continues with the band’s performance at Pyramid Stage Saturday night, just before Coldplay. This is undoubtedly the Mancunian band’s biggest performance since playing their arena tour in March that hit the MEN Arena and the O2 Arena, among other massive venues. Watch them perform ‘Open Arms’ from their new album ‘build a rocket boys!’ (John’s review of the album here) below.


Album Review: Elbow – build a rocket boys!

By on Tuesday, 10th May 2011 at 12:00 pm

Editor’s note: Yes, we realise the new Elbow was released a while back. The dust has settled since all those other reviews…and now you can read John’s.

When Jools Holland presented Elbow with the 2008 Mercury Music Prize for their album ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’, the band went from being a cult band from Manchester to UK superstars. Little did they know that album would earn them support slots at Wembley Stadium along with plaudits from the entire music community.

Their 4th full record ‘build a rocket boys!’ was obviously going to be hotly anticipated. When first single ‘Lippy Kids’ hit YouTube, it was obvious that those boys from Manchester hadn’t lost it, they’d grown from their experiences and were ready to come out with a truly wonderful album. Elbow’s warm-faced frontman Guy Garvey has always been one to reminisce and look back on childhood in his songs, and ‘build a rocket boys!’ is another album that is heavily influenced by the process of growing up. The most poignant lyrics of ‘Lippy Kids’ are, in fact, relating to that and from where the album’s title ‘build a rocket boys!’ is taken.


The album opens with epic 8-minute long ‘The Birds.’ Now, a length of anything longer than 5 minutes I will normally discard as unnecessary and annoying. Not this. Yes, it took me 3 or 4 listens to truly enjoy ‘The Birds’; however, after that I couldn’t stop. ‘build a rocket boys!’ is one of those albums that you have to really listen to in order to fully appreciate. You can’t have it on while you drive and truly appreciate it in my opinion: trust me, I tested this, it’s not driving music.

The highlight of the album comes in the form of single ‘Open Arms’ (watch the video here), though it should be noted this isn’t really a singles album. It’s a record which is all about growing and highlights Elbow’s extraordinary talent for telling stories and writing spellbindingly beautiful lyrics. Their talent for writing is highlighted in ‘Neat Little Rows’ (single review here), as Garvey uses his signature gruff tones to paint a virulent image.

So after ‘build a rocket boys!’ what now for Elbow? A slot under Muse at Reading festival and opening for Coldplay at Glastonbury is what the summer brings, and after an extremely successful arena tour this spring, it’s certain that Elbow are a band that will be here to stay.


‘build a rocket boys!’ is available now from Fiction Records.


Video(s) of the Moment #450: Elbow

By on Monday, 11th April 2011 at 6:00 pm

I think we can safely say Elbow have gotten to the point where they can do no wrong. The Manchester band’s latest album, ‘build a rocket boys!’ has received universal nods from the media and music fans alike. ‘Open Arms’, the next single to be released from the album, will be released on 25 April, and they commissioned a cartoony video to go with the sweeping grandeur of the tune. For those of you who like a bit more realism with your music, I have included Elbow’s live performance of the song at Blueprint Studios, where ‘build a rocket boys!’ was recorded. It is uplifting, with hints of ‘One Day Like This’. Love it.




Preview: Reading and Leeds 2011

By on Thursday, 24th March 2011 at 11:00 am

One of the most highly-anticipated music festivals in the UK is returning to Richfield Avenue and Bramham Park this summer. Yep, it’s Reading and Leeds, held during the August bank holiday weekend.

Apart from the headliners, this year’s line-up looks not too different from the one from last year. The Strokes, who have just released their new album ‘Angles’ (TGTF review here), seem to be one of the biggest names this year. Elbow will be a blast as well as they will no doubt play tracks from ‘build a rocket boys!’ Other headliners include Muse (pictured above), My Chemical Romance, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Pulp and Interpol.

Let’s move on to the NME/ Radio 1 stage, the stage I’m most interested in. Metronomy and Patrick Wolf will definitely be highlights. I personally think that Reading’s second day on the NME stage line up is the best for Ilike all the bands playing; I’m particularly looking forward to Everything Everything’s performance, and Kiwis the Naked and Famous are going to be fun to watch as well. Other great acts include Noah and the Whale, White Lies, Crystal Castles, Bombay Bicycle Club, Warpaint, Chapel Club and Cage the Elephant.

The Festival takes place on the August Bank Holiday weekend – Friday 26th to Sunday 28th August 2011. The tickets are available from SeeTickets (0870 060 3775). As for purchasing in person, tickets are available at the following 3 HMV stores: Reading Oracle, Southampton (weekend tickets only) and Oxford (weekend tickets only). Tickets are £199.50 for the weekend and £89.50 per day.

The line-up as announced so far is after the cut.
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Single Review: Elbow – Neat Little Rows

By on Thursday, 17th February 2011 at 12:00 pm

It seems like a lifetime ago that Elbow won the 2008 Mercury Prize for ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’ – still one of my favourite albums of all time. I bought it from a Fopp’s in Nottingham and it’s never far from my CD player. But it is now 2011, and we’ve had Gaga, Rihanna, Jedward and a whole slew of other artists and their background noise to contend with. No wonder Elbow’s upcoming fifth album, ‘build a rocket boys!’ is so highly anticipated.

Recorded at Blueprint Studios in Manchester, the new album comes out on the 7th of March. We heard and watched the Mancunian stalwarts play ‘Lippy Kids’ live, but here is the first official single released from the new album. It’s called ‘Neat Little Rows’ and will be released on 28 February on 7″ and digital formats.

My first impression: this has a down and dirty vibe, similar to ‘Grounds for Divorce’. There’s something sinister going down in there. While it has largely been ‘reported’ by many bands from the area and even the Guardian’s Indie Professor, the gloominess of your environs (in this case, are often responsible for your musical output. The high point is the banging piano brought out in the chorus, bright and brassy, in direct counterpoint to the otherwise darkness of Guy Garvey’s vocals (“drown me now in down of fire / get me to black” and “lay my bones on cobblestones / lay my bones in neat little rows” – um, yes, just a little bit morbid?) and the droning guitars and drums on the track.

The promo video for the song is below, and yes, I’m a bit disappointed because it would have been so much better as a ‘story’ video rather than straight performance. But, it has to be said, Garvey is quite a charismatic frontman. And there’s no doubt this single – and the new album – will do incredibly well.



Elbow will be playing live on an arena tour of the UK in March.


Video of the Moment #376: Elbow

By on Tuesday, 4th January 2011 at 6:00 pm

We all make mistakes. Take Elbow‘s Guy Garvey, for instance. The Manchester frontman was, shall we say, a little under the influence around the Christmas holidays when he accidentally revealed the title of his band’s forthcoming album, ‘build a rocket, boys!’, which will be released on the 7th of March (more details here).

Below is the studio performance of ‘Lippy Kids’, for a while thought to be the title of the new Elbow album, but thanks to a festive, helpful pint of Guinness, we now know better. As one of the early YouTube viewers of this vid commented, “Guy Garvey could sing the phone book and make it sound beautiful”. I heartily concur.



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