- 13 Feb 17
With Elbow’s seventh studio album, Little Fictions, about to drop, recently-hitched frontman GUY GARVEY talks about his (slightly) healthier lifestyle, the departure of drummer Richard Jupp, the twin disasters of Trump and Brexit, and why his actress wife makes him feel naughty.
Fly Boy Blue. Or should that be No-Fly Boy Blue? It was gradually becoming something of a tradition that every time Elbow put out a new album, Hot Press would travel to Manchester for an exclusive playback in their Salford studio before retiring to nearby hostelry The Eagle (which the band nickname ‘The Downfall’) to do the interview over a pint or three.
Sadly, for various logistical reasons, that isn’t happening on the release of their seventh studio album, Little Fictions. Instead of buying me a drink in his local, lead singer Guy Garvey rings me at home shortly after 9am, while obviously still midway through his breakfast. “Good morning, Olaf!” the affable 42-year-old calls down the line, speaking through a mouthful of crunchy toast. “How are you, sir?”
“I’m fine, Guy… though it’s an ungodly hour for a rock ‘n’ roll interview.”