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Elastica EP exclusively previewed
(NME)

NEW ELASTICA EP EXCLUSIVELY PREVIEWED

Huzzah!! Elastica posibly come skidding back into the pop bear next month with a brand new six-track EP (six!!), which could be anything up to 15 minutes long if their first album was anything to go by. With a title of 'Elastica EP', it's a real statement of intent, lashing out at all the doubters who said they were finished. Promising to be a reflection of the scores of months the band have spent in the studio, it's been variously described as "raw", "instinctive" and "pish". Thrills gabbled an earful and so on and so on.

'Same As Before But Different': A cracking return to form. All buzzing guitars and Justine's trademark sneery, sultry vocal over an unforgettable tune. A minor quibble is that at 29 seconds in length, it seems to end before it really gets going.

'Nash Bridges': Vague guitar strumming over a muddy recording of the Don Johnson cop series which seems to have been taped from a TV speaker. This possibly hails from the brief period in early March 1997 when there were no members of Elastica at all, the crisis averted when Justine came back from the shops late one afternoon.

'Silt Assault On Cashmere Tents': The first of two collaborations with Mark E Smith, his lyrics mostly indistinguishable. Guesses as to what he's on about range from a rendition of the marriage vows to a drawn out Polish death threat. There also doesn't appear to be any music on this, casting some doubt over Elastica's involvement.

'Smith'Play And Record': There must have been a fault on our review copy because this song didn't appear to be there. Instead there was just a three-minute recording of a clock ticking and what sounded like someone shuffling uneasily in their seat. However, we're sure this will be another cracking new Elastica tune on the proper release version.

'Double Headache': Unconfirmed rumours said that this track was a scathing response from Justine to Damon Albarn's poring over of their defunct relationship on the last Blur album. However the version included on the EP features an improvised keyboard melody with the sound of a man clearing his throat. At the end a door opens and a woman moans, "oh fuck off Bob."

THE 'ELASTICA EP' WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON, AS A CD, CASSETTE OR AN EERIE TYPE OF PASTE.