'Asleep In The Back' has, confusingly, the same title as the group's debut album...

ELBOW are to release a brand new single, ‘ASLEEP IN THE BACK’, at the start of 2002.

The group have recorded the track, which is also the title of their Mercury-nominated debut album, and plan to release it on February 5, 2002, before the group tour the US.

Elbow ended a string of UK dates at the London Astoria last night (October 24), and have spent recent weeks in the studio putting together ideas for their second album proper.

Speaking previously, singer Guy Garvey said: “There was a song called ‘Asleep In The Back’ which we never put on the album because it wasn’t ready, so we might have a crack at that, that might put a nice twist on things, bring out the title track of the album.

“Writing on the road is a new experience. We’re determined the second album isn’t going to be about being on the road but one of the ideas is that I’m gonna write about the band’s personal experiences over the last ten years because I’ve been with them through it, so maybe that’s one idea. Another idea is not to have so many vocals on the record, do more instrumental things.”

At last night’s London show, Elbow were joined by a four-piece male choir for ‘Presuming Ed (Rest Is Easy)’, and were boosted by a brass section for ‘Bitten By The Tailfly’ and cello for former single ‘Red’.