Elbow frontman Guy Garvey has revealed the band have 40 songs ready for a new album.
Speaking to BBC 6Music, Garvey said: “We’ve got 30 or 40 odds and ends musically. I’ve got a couple of books worth of scribbles, so we’re just going to keep doing that for maybe six months. After that, we’ll hammer the strongest ideas into a record.”
Garvey also told the station that the bulk of the new songs had been written on the road, and that they planned to record the songs in their usual studio in Salford. He said he had ‘no idea’ when the album might be released.
After modest success with their first three records, ‘Asleep in the Back‘, ‘Cast of Thousands‘ and ‘Leaders of the Free World’ Elbow found mainstream fame with their third album, 2008’s ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’, which won the Mercury Music Prize that year.
Elbow are currently supporting U2 on their massive UK stadium tour, and Garvey said the gigs are a ‘dream come true’. “It’s a great honour to support them because they’re the biggest band in the world at the minute and have been for 20 years,” he said. “I keep thinking, ‘Right what do you do next…apart from that kind of thing yourself?'”
After their stint supporting U2, the band will return to Manchester to play their biggest gig to date at the city’s MEN Arena on September 18th.
Elbow performs One Day Like This , live at Abbey Road: