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Bury, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom (1990 – present)

Elbow is an alternative rock band which formed in Bury, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom in 1990 while at sixth-form college. The band consists of Guy Garvey (vocals, guitar), Mark Potter (guitar, vocals), Pete Turner (bass), Craig Potter (keyboards) and Richard Jupp (drums). Over the band’s 20 year career, it has released five studio albums, four EPs and ten top fifty singles in the UK.

The band is named after a line in the BBC TV mini-series The Singing Detective which says that the word “elbow” is the most sensuous word in the English language, not for its definition, but for how it feels to say it.

Elbow began specializing in “ ”, but changed the direction of its music after unanimously deciding that they were “shit.” The new songs were noticed from both Island Records and Universal, but the band was dropped before anything was released after it signed with both labels. The band then released two critically acclaimed EP’s on the independent Ugly Man Record label which caught the attention of V2 Records.

V2 released Elbow’s debut album: “asleep in the back.” The album was a surprisingly moderate success, gaining substantial critical acclaim and, ultimately, a nomination for the in 2001. The single “Newborn” received attention after being banned by for the lyric, “I’ll be the corpse in your bathtub.”

Word of mouth then began to work in Elbow’s favor. Its 2003 album, “Cast Of Thousands,” entered the UK Charts at #7 to critical acclaim. The lead single, “Fallen Angel,” charted at #19.

In 2004, Elbow became the first British band to ever play a concert in Havana during an unofficial Cuban tour. The tour was made into a short film by British documentary maker Irshad Ashraf.


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  • Astaldo91

    Great music for a cloudy April day

    15 Apr 10:20am Reply
  • randorolian

    TTOALOE is a seriously brilliant album. Thought it was a bit featureless on the first listen, but after a few more, I'm realizing how brilliant it is. Okay, maybe seeing the band in Glasgow the other night helped but it's still brilliant.

    8 Apr 9:11pm Reply
  • yosh2008

    My Sad Captains is amazing, caught them in Birmingham on Saturday night and they were just incredible.

    7 Apr 6:34pm Reply
  • Hannibal89757

    My Sad Captains, best track in new album

    5 Apr 4:49pm Reply
  • ecorunner

    I really can't imagine Pitchfork giving this album a 6.2 rating. Its almost criminal.

    31 Mar 4:32pm Reply
  • flyx

    awesome new record! THANX, did you mix it on LS3/5A? ;) amazin!!!!

    26 Mar 7:31am Reply
  • ahnoldahnold1

    Real Life (Angel) is the best song on the new album by far. It really takes you on a journey.

    24 Mar 11:52am Reply
  • ecorunner

    Amazing, and currently the #1 album in the UK. Can you imagine TTOALOE being #1 in the US? Its almost laughable.

    19 Mar 2:25pm Reply
  • John__Lemon

    The Afterworld review: 8/10 It’s lasting impression is that of retrospective ponder. As you wade through their beautiful back catalog, Garvey’s emergence becomes so clear that The Take Off all of a sudden makes perfect sense. He is now the focal point, the lead instrument in all endeavors. In that smoke filled room on March 19th 2004, his perceived role was on par with the mute pedal. Now, with the weight of a lifetime of experience and a mind as dextrous… and yet as common as anyone in contemporary music, he stands starkly alone, backlit by a band who’s ability to enhance his wordplay is second to none. Beauty may be subjective, but Elbow have become synonymous with it.

    18 Mar 4:12am Reply
  • Beat_C

    new album is dull for me :( I didn't like their last album too much either. Anything before that I love dearly [2]

    17 Mar 10:47am Reply
  • hannahpatricia

    new album is dull for me :( I didn't like their last album too much either. Anything before that I love dearly

    15 Mar 9:45pm Reply
  • RPGHeroine

    Oh my giddy aunt the new album's fantastic 2

    15 Mar 1:16pm Reply
  • Addy_

    I'm so glad they're back.

    14 Mar 8:27pm Reply
  • brownieboy

    oh new album looks set for uk #1 spot.

    12 Mar 10:16pm Reply
  • Walenta

    Heavypop Review:

    12 Mar 4:44pm Reply
  • campbell-davitt

    Saw them when they when they were doing their Seldom Seen Kid tour. To put it frankly, it kinda sucked.

    12 Mar 4:14pm Reply
  • ollyh18

    Oh my giddy aunt the new album's fantastic

    12 Mar 1:58am Reply
  • iMoZa

    The Take Off And Landing Of Everything (2014)

    10 Mar 7:29pm Reply
  • Wolf_Cola

    Holy cow is the new album good. What a nice turn around from Build A Rocket

    10 Mar 4:17am Reply
  • XDRory

    Ok so it's all coming together now as magnificent

    9 Mar 12:12pm Reply
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