Justine reveals the emotional story behind the band's new album 'The Menace'..

JUSTINE FRISCHMANN has exclusively told nme.com how ELASTICA came back from the verge of splitting and why they had to completely re-record their new album ‘THE MENACE’, finally out on April 3 through Deceptive.

Justine has also taken nme.com through the album track by track – and revealed much of the heartache that lies behind some of the songs. The track-by-track will appear on nme.com tomorrow (Sunday).

She revealed how she’d “pretty much given up on writing for the band” in 1997 and didn’t think she’d ever set foot on stage again. The departure of founder member Donna Matthews and rumours of drug problems and inner strife dogged the band during that time.

Justine said: “It didn’t seem to me like the band was going to carry on. There was a lot of shit going on.”

“I really didn’t think the album was going to ever get done…for a long time I just couldn’t really make head nor tail of it. It had already gone so past the stage of people going ‘Well, where is the fucking thing?’ that even by the time the new band was together it already seemed like it had gone on for so long it was a joke.”

It was only after Justine hooked up with ex-Linoleum guitarist Paul ‘Shag’ Jones and keyboard player Mew that her enthusiasm for Elastica was rekindled.

She said: “I’ve really enjoyed playing with the new band. It’s just been a lot more fun. I think it just feels like a gang again, which, considering all the shit that’s gone on, is a miracle.”

Elastica made most of ‘The Menace’ before their performances at last year’s Reading/Leeds festivals but then decided to re-record the album completely because they weren’t satisfied with it.

Justine said: “I think the decision was quite a brave move. When I said we were going to do it, our management looked liked they were going to have a heart attack.”

“We went into our friend’s studio, which is quite punky and we felt really comfortable in it. We just worked really quickly. The album’s really felt like a ball and chain for a long time, it’s just a relief to to get it finished with.”

The first single to be taken from the new record will be ‘Mad Dog’, though a release date is yet to be decided.

Elastica are considering playing Glastonbury (June 23-25) and the V200 festivals (August 19 & 20) at Chelmsford and Staffordshire but are yet to be confirmed.

Meanwhile, the band will tour the UK in April, calling at Leeds Cockpit (April 8), Manchester University MDH (9), Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall (10), Oxford Zodiac (11), London Forum (13), Northampton Roadmender (15), Sheffield Leadmill (16), Norwich Waterfront (17) and Cambridge Junction (18) and Dublin Temple Bar Music Centre (May 11).

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Come back to nme.com tomorrow for Justine’s exclusive track-by-track preview of the new Elastica album…