After an incredible 12 months in 2009 when Elbow finally won a major award for their hard efforts (the Mercury Music Prize for "Seldom Seen Kid"), 2010 turned out to be a quieter time in the public eye and here's why - Guy Garvey and the boys have been hard at it in the studio. The band's highly-anticipated fifth album is set to be released on 7th March and already sounds like a grandiose exercise once again.
Entitled "Let's Build a Rocket, Boys", the eleven song set has been produced by keyboardist Craig Potter and features an appearance by the Halle Youth Choir from Manchester. The keen-eyed amongst you will already have noted the size of the venues they are due to play next spring, thus you can expect another album of big, big sounds.
Talking of the tour, which runs from 15th March (Glasgow) to 31st March (Dublin), there are still a few tickets available at £27.50 (28th March at the O2 Arena only has seating available - no standing).
Now then - how's about hearing one of the new songs? Check out the embedded video just to the top-right and hear "Lippy Kids", a typically-titled epic from Garvey's crew and the album's opening song. Other titles include "Jesus is a Rochdale Girl" and "Neat Little Rows".