Are Britpop Band ‘Elastica’ Reuniting?

elastica2It has been reported that 90s band Elastica have reunited to work on a new project at London’s Abbey Road studios. Although it is currently unknown whether the project will be a brand new record or a reissue of one of their classic albums, Elastica fans are excited at the prospect of revival in 2017.

2016 was a big year for fans of the 90s guitar based genre known as ‘Britpop’. With a brand new record from The Verve’s Richard Ashcroft and the brilliant Oasis documentary ‘Supersonic’, the genre was introduced to an entire new generation of listeners.

Elastica were one of the most popular British bands of the 1990s. Founded by ex-Suede members Justine Frischmann and Justin Welch, the band enjoyed an impressive nine year career in which they received an abundance of critical acclaim and commercial success. Elastica released their debut self-titled album in 1995. The record peaked at number one in the UK and was supported by the hit singles ‘Stutter’, ‘Line Up’, ‘Connection’, ‘Waking Up’ and ‘Car Song’.

The band remained one of the UK’s most prominent artists throughout the decade, but split up in 2001, just a year after the release on their second studio record ‘The Menace’.

After a 16 year absence from the music business, it seemed unlikely that the band would ever put out a new record; however, it now appears that something may be in the works for 2017.

Abbey Road mastering engineer Sean McGee posted a tweet last week in which he hinted at a possibly Elastica reunion, stating: “Cut a record for Elastica today, they hadn’t seen each other for 20yrs. Its great to be there when moments like that happen.”

The tweet was accompanied by a picture of McGee with members of the band excluding Justine Frischmann, leading fans to suspect that Frischmann may not actually be involved in the project.

Speaking in 2016, Frischmann said of her time in the band: “I really feel I’ve found my medium [with painting]. Also I think I’m a socially anxious person. I kind of deal with it but actually I’m really happy on my own. When I’m in the studio and things are unfolding and exciting I have that feeling that I’m exactly where I’m meant to be. I don’t think I ever really had that with music, it always felt like a rollercoaster ride and there was going to be a horrible smash.”

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