Today, elbow released their sixth studio album titled The Take Off and Landing of Everything, which is now available on iTunes, Amazon (CD, Deluxe & Vinyl), Spotify, Google Play and in all good record stores across North America.
The lead single from their current full-length album, is the powerful “New York Morning,” an ode to New York City, with lyrics partly inspired by chief lyricist and front-man Guy Garvey’s time spent writing and “people watching” in Brooklyn and Manhattan. He recently told The Independent (UK) how a press conference that John Lennon held (before he left the UK for good) also motivated him to write the track. “Why wouldn’t you go to New York?” Lennon enthusiastically asked the press. “Every nation on Earth is represented, all getting along – it’s the modern Rome. Besides, they’re nice to Yoko”.
In response to the song, Yoko recently responded to the lyrical observation with a note to the band, thanking them, also noting “For John, he always wanted to come and live in this city, ever since he saw Bob Dylan on the famous album cover…” She finishes with warmth “Have a great time in New York. We loved it.” The band will be performing in New York City to a sold out crowd at Webster Hall on May 16, and will be making numerous stops across North American the same month (dates below).
In other news, this past weekend the band were featured on the prestigious NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday with Scott Simon, with a delightful interview with front-man Guy Garvey and bass player Pete Turner. Listen to the broadcast that features tracks from The Take Off and Landing of Everything here.
The new album is already generating rave reviews. Q Magazine’s April cover story includes a glowing 5 STAR album review that states: “The Take Off and Landing of Everything is the perfect expression yet of everything that is elbow. As their best album to date, it will lift your heart and fill your soul…This is the sound of a band throwing their arms around the world.” MOJO’s 4 STAR review similarly asserts: “Theirs is the graceful ability to elevate the everyday.”
The Take Off and Landing of Everything (Fiction/Concord Records) was recorded at Real World Studios and at the band’s facilities at Blueprint Studios in Salford, England. As with previous albums, the million selling The Seldom Seen Kid and platinum follow-up build a rocket boys!, it was produced by the band’s keyboardist Craig Potter.
elbow will be making a welcome return to North America in support of The Take Off and Landing of Everything. On May 11th, the Manchester five-piece will be embarking on their nationwide tour in Washington, DC, and will wind up at The Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles on May 28th.
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
05/11 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
05/12 – Boston, MA – Royale Night Club
05/13 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
05/16 – New York, NY – Webster Hall (SOLD OUT)
05/17 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall (SOLD OUT)
05/19 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
05/20 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
05/23 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
05/24 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
05/25 – Quincy, WA – Sasquatch Music Festival
05/27 – Oakland, CA – The Fox Theatre
05/28 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
For more details go to: www.elbow.co.uk
‘The Take Off and Landing of Everything’ is available now on:
This Blue World
Fly Boy Blue / Lunette
New York Morning
Hallelujah Morning (Real Life)
My Sad Captains
The Take Off and Landing of Everything
The Blanket of Night