Although the members of the band that would become Elbow had been playing together since 1990, they didn't make it official and take on the moniker until 1997. Formed in Bury, England, Elbow went on to win numerous awards, including the 2008 Mercury Music Prize and the 2018 Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically for "Magnificent (She Says)." In 2009 alone, Elbow won the Brit Award for Best British Group, the Ivor Novello Awards for Best Song Musically and Lyrically for "One Day Like This" and Best Contemporary Song for "Grounds for Divorce." The band also garnered the South Bank Show Award, the NME Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music and the Mojo Magazine Award for Song of the Year. Elbow has performed at venues and festivals around the world, including the Tartan Heart Festival in the UK, A Summer's Tale Festival in Germany, Alcatraz in Italy, Komplex 457 in Switzerland and Koncerthuset in Denmark.
The Take Off of Elbow
Elbow plays a blend of alternative rock, Britpop, post-Britpop, post-rock, progressive rock, art rock, indie pop, indie rock and dream pop. In addition to seven studio albums, Elbow has released two compilation albums, Dead in the Boot and The Best of Elbow as well as the five EPs The Noisebox EP, The Newborn EP, The Any Day Now EP, iTunes Live from London EP and Lost Worker Bee EP.
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Who are the members of Elbow?
All but one of the current members of Elbow are original members of the band, including its main lyricist Guy Garvey on lead vocals and guitars, Mark Potter on guitars and backup vocals, Craig Potter on piano, keyboards and backup vocals and Pete Turner on bass and backup vocals. Replacing the band's original drummer, Richard Jupp, is Alex Reeves.
What songs might I hear in an Elbow setlist?
At an Elbow show, you're sure to hear many of the band's singles, like "Red," "Newborn," "Asleep in the Back," "Coming Second," "The Bones of You," "The Birds," "K2," "Buttons and Zips," "Ribcage," "Fallen Angel," "Golden Slumbers," "Scattered Black And Whites," "Gentle Storm," "What Time Do You Call This?" "My Sad Captains," "Fly Boy Blue/Lunette," "New York Morning," "First Steps" and "Forget Myself."
Can you name some popular Elbow albums?
At an Elbow concert, you'll hear other songs from its seven studio albums, five of which were certified gold in the UK. Elbow's two most recent albums, 2014's The Take Off and Landing of Everything and 2017's Little Fictions, each hit No. 1 on at least three major music charts, including the UK and Irish Albums charts. Elbow's fourth album, The Seldom Seen Kid, was certified triple platinum in the UK, hit No. 5 on the UK Albums chart and No. 2 on US Heatseekers chart. The group's fifth album, Build a Rocket Boys!, was certified platinum in the UK and hit No. 5 on the Dutch chart, No. 3 on the Belgian chart, No. 2 on the UK and Irish chart and No. 1 on the US Heatseekers chart.
Who are Elbow's influences?
At any Elbow show, you may notice some of the band's key influences in its sound and performance, including Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Elliot Smith, Pulp, Spiritualized, Japan, Eels, Roxy Music, Radiohead, Tears for Fears, The Verve, Blind Faith and Talk Talk.
What artists are similar to Elbow?
You'll appreciate an Elbow concert if you already appreciate similar artists, like I Am Kloot, Guillemots, Turin Brakes, Doves, Editors, Athlete, Gomez, Richard Hawley or Badly Drawn Boy.Back to Top
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