March 10, 2011

Elbow: Build A Rocket Boys!

For years Elbow was a critic's favorite, garnering rave reviews and being namechecked by people like John Cale and Micheal Stipe, but it wasn't until their fourth album The Seldom Seen Kid that the general public realised that they had been ignoring Britain's best band of the noughties. Suddenly the band found themselves headlining major festivals and selling out huge arenas. Demand for a follow-up for the hugely successful album was huge, but it took them some to escape from the limelight and being able to reconvene at the Big Room at Salford’s Blueprint Studio.

Their new album Build A Rocket Boys! has the signature Elbow touch. The pleading vocals of singer Guy Garvey and the magical musical tandem of the Potters on guitar and keyboards. UK folk pop is still the main influence, but they are going more electronic, like their legendary predecessors, the Beta Band. It's not the Seldom Seen Kid 2.0 but they have not done a Kid A after OK Computer like Radiohead. The fans of old will have no trouble appreciating it, but it might baffle the newbies who jumped on more recently. The Festival kids are in for a surprise - and a treat - this Summer.

Elbow:
Guy Garvey: lead vocals, guitar, lyrics, percussion
Mark Potter: guitar, backing vocals
Craig Potter: keyboards, organ, backing vocals
Pete Turner: bass, backing vocals, keyboards
Richard Jupp: drums

Elbow: Build A Rocket Boys!

Build A Rocket Boys! is released on Fiction/Ppolydor. USA CD release: April 12th. Digital through iTunes and Amazon.

Tracks:
  1. The Birds
  2. Lippy Kids
  3. With Love
  4. Neat Little Rows
  5. Jesus Is a Rochdale Girl
  6. The Night Will Always Win
  7. High Ideals
  8. The River
  9. Open Arms
  10. The Birds (Reprise)
  11. Dear Friends

UK and Ireland live dates:
  • 03/15 Glasgow, SECC
  • 03/16 Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
  • 03/17 Nottingham, Trent FM Arena
  • 03/19 Sheffield, Motorpoint Arena
  • 03/20 Liverpool, Echo Arena
  • 03/22 Birmingham, NIA
  • 03/23 Cardiff, International Arena
  • 03/25 Manchester, MEN Arena
  • 03/27 Brighton, Centre
  • 03/28 London, The O2
  • 03/29 London, The O2
  • 03/31 Dublin, O2 Arena
Festival dates:
  • 04/16 Coachella, California, CA, USA
  • 06/12 Northside, Arhus, Denmark
  • 06/17 Hurricane, Scheessel, Germany
  • 06/18 Southside, Neuhausen, Germany
  • 06/26 Rock-A-Field, Luxembourg
  • 06/02 Rock Werchter Festival, Belgium
  • 07/03 Main Square Festival, France
  • 07/16 Super Bock Super Rock, Portugal

» elbow.co.uk
» buildarocketboys.com

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