Elbow had plenty of acclaim prior to the release of 2008’s The Seldom Seen Kid, but it was that album that catapulted the five-piece to another level. The British band sold more copies of that record, which was their fifth, than their previous efforts and it even led to them receiving the Mercury Prize.
And now, the guys are preparing for the release of their fifth album, which is stylized as build a rocket boys! They again recorded this one at Blueprint Studios and production was handled by the band’s keyboardist, Craig Potter. Frontman Guy Garvey issued the following statement regarding the theme of the album:
“Lyrically this is a record about the ups and downs of being young through the eyes of someone who loved and hated it all at the same time. Ultimately though, when we listen back to this record in years to come it will remind us of how it felt to be the same old friends, in the same wonderful studio, in the same old town making another record we’re immensely proud of but this time in the warm glow of having realized all the plans we made as boys. The album title recommends that everybody have a go.”
The album drops digitally March 8 while physical copies will hit stores April 12.