Elbow were gigging throughout the 90s, as Mr Soft. However, it took until 2001 and a series of name-changes, before they were to release their first album, Asleep In The Back. One Mercury music prize nomination later and the band became a permanent fixture on radios and download charts across the world.
While they’re often dismissed as ‘Manchester miserabilists’, Elbow’s charm lies in their brand of melancholic romance. Guy Garvey’s mournful vocals and yearning lyrics on songs such as Grace Under Pressure, Grounds For Divorce and One Day Like This speak of heartbreak, loneliness and hope.
Musically, the band has carved a niche in orchestra-based rock. Heart-tugging string sections help to make their songs both and anthemic and introspective at the same time. Even rockier, riff-based songs have a down to earth feel about them.
Gritty, dirty and disarmingly beautiful, Elbow’s work continues to set them apart from their contemporaries.