Few things beat seeing your favorite bands live, especially when you're not sure you're even going to be able to get in. One of my favorite acts of 2001, Elbow, played a low-key gig at Scala in London, and although the show was sold out well in advance, my friends Lisa Klipsic and Ray McCarville at V2 ensured that I would not be left out of the festivities. God bless.
Scala was packed to the gills with punters and industry schmoozers alike as Manchesterís melancholic atmospheric rockers kicked off the set with two newbies, "Ribcage" and first single "Fallen Angel," before rocking ìRedî off their debut Asleep At The Back. Frontman Guy Garvey bantered quite a bit throughout the show, saying that a lot had changed in the year-plus time period since they had last played in London. He pointed to drummer Rick Jupp and announced he was the proud father of a one-year-old, to rapturous applause, and also brought up that guitiarist Mark Potter had just gotten married over the weekend. Further new tracks were sprinkled in with the old, but those tracks will remain nameless, as I havenít heard the album! They all had that Elbow feel, though, and you can just tell that recorded, with all the lush accompaniment, the songs will be brilliant. By the time the show shot off into the afterglow with the emotive set closer ìNewborn,î everyone had their appetite for Elbow sufficiently whetted, just in time for their sophomore album, Cast Of Thousands, to drop August 18. Funny how that works.