ELASTICA – A

An nme.com exclusive! Plus, lead singer Justine Frischmann reveals new single details and talks about her reconciliation with former guitarist Donna Matthews...

ELASTICA’S new album is to be called ‘THE MENACE’, nme.com can reveal – because it was “a menace in every way” to record, according to lead singer JUSTINE FRISCHMANN.

She also revealed that original guitarist Donna Matthews quit after suffering a nervous breakdown, but that the two were now reconciled.

Justine also revealed that the band were set to release their cover of Trio’s 1982 hit ‘Da Da Da’ as the first single from the album – against her better judgement.

Speaking to nme.com at last week’s NME Premier Awards, she said: “It (the album’s) called ‘The Menace’ because it has been for me in every possible way. Everything that could have possibly fucked up, fucked up. I’m very glad to see the other side of it to be honest.”

Although she declined to elaborate on details, Justine has previously alluded to drug misuse and other personal and musical problems in the band which saw Donna Matthews leave, bassist Annie Holland rejoin to claim back her job from Sheila Chipperfield, and the addition of new members keyboard player/vocalist Mew and guitarist Paul Jones.

However, she said that she was happy with the finished result, which was re-recorded in six weeks with the new band line-up, and was now intent on concentrating on the future and working even more with the new members.

They’ve already contributed to tracks ‘Generator’, ‘Your Arse, My Place’ and ‘Mad Dog’ on the new album, the follow-up to the band’s eponymous 1995 debut.

The album comes out on April 3 through Deceptive and will be followed by a single – probably ‘Da Da Da’ in order to get some radio play, something Justine is ambivalent about.

“We’re going to release it after the album, so people have got chance to hear the album first, as I don’t want people to think that’s representative of the album ‘cos it isn’t.”

Justine also revealed that she was now reconciled with Donna after a year apart as the former guitarist turned up to see Elastica play their NME Premier Show at the London WC1 Astoria last week. According to Justine, Donna quit the group after suffering a nervous breakdown, but was now a picture of health and a yoga devotee. “She came to the gig and I said how do you feel about us playing your songs and stuff? And she said, ‘Oh, I was really proud.’ She’s actually really like how she was when I first met her, it’s amazing, she’s kind of gone full circle. She’s a really hippy at heart Donna, she’s brilliant, she’s great. She told me she basically had a nervous breakdown and I think that she did. I’m just really glad she’s okay now.”

Justine also said that they would do any festival they got offered this year. “We need the cash!” she joked.

For a full version of this interview, this week’s issue of NME dated February 12.