But Justine warns that six track EP of demos and new tracks isn't a "big comeback" EP...

ELASTICA release their first new material for four years on August 23 through Deceptive – but have warned fans it is not a “big comeback record”.

The six-track ‘Elastica EP’, which is not eligible for the charts, features the Donna Matthews home demo ‘Nothing Stays The Same’ and ‘Miami Nice’, a song the now-departed guitarist wrote with singer Justine Frischmann.

The Fall‘s Mark E Smith provides guest vocals on ‘How We Wrote Elastica Man’ and ‘KB’. The other two tracks are ‘Operate’, which was recorded live, and ‘Generator’.

Frischmann told NME: “The material has been chosen to allow people to hear rarities and demos which reflect all stages of the band’s recordings between 1996 and 1999.

“The EP is certainly not intended to be some big comeback record. We’re really pleased to be putting something out at last.

“We’ve gone through a lot of different stages in the writing and recording process and I think fans will enjoy these tracks, which reflect this well, but which are mostly too raw for the album itself.”

Elastica will play their UK first gigs since the V96 festival at this year’s Leeds and Reading festivals on August 27 and 28 respectively.

It is also the first outing of the new six-piece Elastica line-up featuring new recruits Mew and Paul Jones. Bassist Annie Holland, who left in 1995, has now rejoined to replace Sheila Chipperfield.

Frischmann said: “It’s important to let fans hear some new material before Reading and Leeds, although the live set as a whole will be a better representation of the new album material.

“We’ve been away for a long time and it’s just really exciting to be working and playing as a whole band again. It’s going to be a challenge.”

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