ELASTICA SNAP?

Though new album is scheduled for next year (no, really this time)...

ELASTICA are set to release their long-awaited new album in the new year, according to the band’s management – despite singer JUSTINE FRISCHMANN announcing last week that the band had split.

At Blondie‘s recent gig at Reading Hexagon, Justine told an NME source that the band were finished.

The source stated: “She (Justine) said they had split a while ago, but she hadn’t said anything yet because she hated sad endings. She seemed very certain.”

Other sources close to the band also confirmed that they had split, with one close friend telling NME: “Donna and Justine have hardly said more than a word to each other all year – they haven’t even been in a studio together.”

It’s always been known Justine and guitarist DONNA MATTHEWS have a volatile relationship and it has also been widely known in the music industry that Donna has recently been rehearsing with another band.

However, a spokeswoman at the band’s management company maintained: “The album is coming out early in 1999. They’re due to finish recording this month, in London, and it’s being mixed in January.” She also denied that Justine had said the band had split. She continued: “It’s just not true. Categorically, the band have definitely not split and no-one has left.” As for the reports about Donna forming a new band, the spokeswoman said that she had just been “helping friends out”.

Elastica, which also features JUSTIN WELCH (drums), DAVE BUSH (keyboards) and SHEILA CHIPPERFIELD (bass), last appeared in public in August 1996 when they played V96. They were then due to go into the studio and the follow-up album to their 1995 eponymous debut was originally scheduled for release early in 1997.

The band’s press officer said he was “more confident than ever” that the band were set to re-emerge and that they had now amassed six tracks for the forthcoming release. He said three were recorded this year, but no titles could be confirmed.

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