Guy Garvey: Turning 40 inspired our new album

Posted on 2 October 2013
By Michelle Gondry
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Elbow have just revealed a follow-up album to 2011’s brilliant Build A Rocket Boys! and a UK tour next year, and they’ve spoken about how the subject of mid-life crises are inspiring them as they turn 40.

The band’s sixth studio album is in production at Blueprint Studios, Salford, will be released March 3rd, 2014.

As with their previous albums – the platinum ‘build a rocket boys!’ and multi-platinum ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’ – keyboardist Craig Potter is taking care of the production and mixing of the album.

Frontman Guy Garvey turns 40 in March. He said: “The record might be called All At Once because you are all ages at once at 40.

“Society tells you that you have to live in the moment, so you see guys at 40 looking more thoughtful than anyone older or younger.”

“A lot of my friends are discovering ecstasy as they near 40 and I’m going: ‘What the hell are you doing?’ We were on the fringes of the E generation but we didn’t get into it.

“But how does a rock star have a mid-life crisis? Sell his motorbike?”

Elbow are also set to release their first live DVD – Live From Jodrell Bank later this week but have yet to decide on the album’s first single. Guy said: “There are five or six songs we’re choosing from.”

The spring tour will be Elbow’s first live gigs in over a year, kicking off on April 5th in Birmingham.

Tickets for all arena shows go on general sale at 9am on Friday, October 4.

Saturday 5th – Birmingham LG Arena
Sunday 6th – Glasgow SSE Hydro
Tuesday 8th – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Wednesday 9th – Manchester Phones 4U Arena
Friday 11th – Leeds First Direct Arena
Saturday 12th – Liverpool Echo Arena
Monday 14th – Nottingham Capital FM Arena
Wednesday 16th – London The O2