Showing posts with label Reunions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Reunions. Show all posts

Thursday, March 26, 2020


I don't have any insight into the, but an Oasis reunion concert won't happen until COVID-19 is under some sort of control. I don't think any gigs are happening until we get to that point.

Having said that, I very much doubt that this argument is going to move Noel Gallagher into reunion mode. He seems to be releasing the last of his experimental EPs and is ready to go into semi-retirement until something compels him to play live in front of people and record new music. It will all be done on his timetable and that's that.

Using shame or the promise of giving the proceeds to charity is a bit underhanded. Both of the Gallagher brothers could join in with other artists and play sets with their respective bands. An Oasis show would accomplish what, exactly? The larger the venue, the larger the overhead, so while it is true that they could raise significant amounts of money, it would create a logistical problem. How do you accommodate everyone who wants to see it and how do you raise charity funds from such a thing when you're going to need to do multiple shows at a massive venue?

Really, there are better ways to support the NHS and the people who need help. Planning for a theoretical show when we don't know when it will be safe for people to congregate once again is a pipe dream right now.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

X and The Violent Femmes in Concert

I was very fortunate to see X and The Violent Femmes in concert and, let me tell you, this is a show you don’t want to miss. These are two of the most important American bands ever. You could fill up a dozen books and that wouldn’t even cover half of the stories of magic and loss and confusion and degradation. American rock and roll is about the experience. These are important artists. Seeing them is anything but a trip down memory lane. These are all people who are making vital, soulful music right fucking now.

The way they are touring this summer has X opening up and it felt like the headliner was on stage right from the outset. There is no comparing the history of these bands—they are legendary and cordial about it. When I go to a show, I guess I’m in the minority. I want to sit and watch the band play and I want to hear the music.

Your typical venue these days is not in business to show you musicians. They are there to provide people a reason to spend too much money on drinks and food. Okay, I get the economics. I just wish this was more of a theater than a club, but nobody’s interested in my opinion.

If you’re going to watch a great band play, all you want to do is enjoy the show.

The current version of X is the original version of the early 1980s. They drew heavily from this era and played some truly outstanding punk rock music. To hear Billy Zoom crank out those riffs was more than a reason to be there, but Exene’s voice was strong and clear, John was incredibly solid and powerful on the bass while singing great, and DJ Bonebrake was nailing every beat with perfect precision. They mixed it up, added some xylophone, a little acoustic guitar, and it was a show that was at least five songs too short. Really, it just flew by. I understand why they did not play Los Angeles, and I wish they had incorporated a little bit of the Knitters into the show, but oh well.

The Violent Femmes played here last year, and their show at The Tobin Center was remarkable and inventive. This time around, they were still daring anyone to call them a nostalgia act. They played a brand new song they had never played live to open up. Who does that? Crazy people, maybe. Or a band tired of wondering what it means to be safe.

Yes, they played the hits. They played new stuff. They took a quiet break and Gordon switched to the violin.

Really, though. If you are going to go see a show, shut up and watch. This presentation, at The Aztec Theater, was marred by an audience that wasn’t there to watch and listen. At least two different people in front of me were removed by bouncers for recording the show. During Gordon’s taking up of the violin for Good Feeling, everyone around me broke out in conversation. Before that, during one of the songs, the people behind me were kicking the seats. I had had enough.

The singular act of putting down an electric guitar and playing the violin during a rock and roll show is an act of vulnerability. Hammering on a Weber grill is just asking for the kids to look at you askance. Playing four different bass guitars, half of them acoustic, and then switching over to the xylophone is like dancing in a minefield. Bringing a massive saxophone that rightly belongs in a museum is an act of trust. I don’t get what the gong was for—I think they had a roadie hiding behind it. The Violent Femmes bring all of their gear, as a man once said.

For me to ditch the show before American Music, which is the greatest Violent Femmes song ever, that means that something had to have gone wrong. I’m not too keen on the vibe in downtown San Antonio at night anyway—lots of physical violence, lots of big trucks driving too fast, and lots of stereotypical unsafe hobo activity to go around. That’s my hangup, not yours.

It is totally not the band’s fault, but I could not enjoy the show. I love watching this band live. I love the percussion, I love the addition of a horn player, and I love what they do every time they start to play. You never know what’s going to happen, and there’s a reason for it.

The Violent Femmes are not here for bullshit or nostalgia. And if you can’t enjoy the show, stay home. Brian may seem indifferent, but I suspect he does not want you there if you can’t suspend your interest in social media and absorb the hammering vibrations of his bass playing. Victor De La Whozitnow? The Violent Femmes have a drummer. His name is John Sparrow. He is walking around like a God on this Earth, and he’s in the band now.

Shut up and watch.

I will not go back to that venue. They do not have it under control. They do not provide a chance to hear music played live the way I like it, and that’s just my preference. If it’s your thing to go out and make videos with your cheap phone and act like a shithead, hey, this place is where you want to be.

Monday, May 6, 2019


Why does every article about Ride include an obligatory mention of My Bloody Valentine?

Now the Moth Club knows what it’s like to fly into one of those electrified flycatchers. An onslaught of torrential noise like a tech-rock My Bloody Valentine bursts and glitches from the speakers, a side door opens and the modest musical malcontents of Ride emerge to begin the demolition in earnest. They’re here for a low-key preview of ‘Future Love’ – the first single from their second reunion album ‘This Is Not A Safe Place’ which they blast out straight off, as comfortingly visceral as a fire in Heaven’s attic – but also to brush up on “the old bangers” for a South American tour starting in two days’ time. While they’re at it, they inadvertently remind us what rebel music really sounds like.

There was always a deep frustration in the collapse of first-era Ride. That they’d want to follow a record album as monumental and mind-expanding as 1992’s ‘Going Blank Again’ with something as ordinary as country rock on ‘94’s ‘Carnival Of Light’, and that it all fell apart before they corrected their course. For too long Andy Bell was wasted in the backrooms of Oasis and Mark Gardener made for an ill-fitting acoustic troubadour. Because, as the full, brutal/beautiful force of up-close Ride Mk2 proves, together they can make brain-melting music that utterly belies the cliche of shoegaze bands as mimsy bedsheet-dampeners – these are space rock screes as violent and merciless as any Endgame – and puts the modern pro-pop ‘alternative’ to shame. Were they here to witness Ride’s molten eruptions from the depths of the leftfield, Pale Waves would be as embarrassed to call themselves indie rock as Change UK declaring yet another racist MEP candidate.

It wouldn’t be the NME if everyone due for criticism wasn’t given a kick in the eye on their way out the door. I get the reference to Pale Waves, but what else is new? Don’t call it a reunion anymore. When a band comes back together for a one-off album and tour, that’s a reunion. When you come back for multiple tours, a second album of original material after putting out a remix record and an EP, you are officially just another working band making a go of it.

Ride are one of the hottest tickets in Europe this summer, and they are set to release a new album, This is Not a Safe Place.

Instead of cashing in, they’re making vital new music that is in touch with the times. Instead of looking back, they’re looking forward and they’re on their way to a town near you.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Will There Be a Third Verve Reunion?

If you count the band's temporary disintegration in 1995, and the 2007 comeback, we're due for a third reunion by The Verve. Given that the return of Richard Ashcroft yielded a good but not great album that did not set the charts on fire, this news seems to be a pretty good indication that the band will come together yet again:

On September 9th UMC release expanded editions of The Verve’s seminal first two albums A STORM IN HEAVEN and A NORTHERN SOUL.

Both remastered by Chris Potter (co-producer of the band’s Urban Hymns) at Metropolis studios, the albums feature previously unreleased and never-heard-before tracks, E.P. and B-sides material and BBC sessions.

Both albums are presented as 3CD box sets (A Storm In Heaven also contains a bonus DVD) and both come with booklets featuring new interviews and previously unseen photos. Limited edition vinyl versions will also be released in faithful reproductions of the original packaging.

The reissue of their masterpiece, Urban Hymns, should follow shortly. In 2017, that album turns the magical age of twenty in September of that year. Having sold over ten million copies, there's a lot of incentive to give it a real celebration. If they went on a short tour of England and Europe, and played the whole thing live, it would be a huge event.

UPDATE: I went and retrieved this from the archives because it strikes me as being both possible and impossible that the Verve might get back together. I thought for certain that there would be a commemoration of Urban Hymns, but nothing came of it.

To be fair, the last two Richard Ashcroft solo albums have not set the world on fire in terms of sales or impact. At some point, the dam has to break.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

R.E.M. Should Reform and Protest Trump

If there is one thing that should get your old band back together, it should be to protest Trump and raise money for Democratic candidates.

R.E.M have responded to the fact that President Trump used their music in a meme on Twitter.

Trump had posted a meme that positions his latest State of the Union address against down-cast looking politicians including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders. The post was soundtracked to R.E.M’s 1993 track “Everybody Hurts.”

However, the clip posted from Trump’s account has since been removed from Twitter.

And the band weren’t happy about the use of their 1993 hit, making their thoughts about the American president clear.

They tweeted: “World Leader PRETEND!!! Congress, Media–ghost this faker!!! Love, R.E.M.”

Given the way they ended their time as a band, I don’t think it is feasible or possible to expect anything from them beyond what we’ve just seen (which is plenty!).

Thank goodness they spoke out and said what they said.

As for a reunion, well, don’t count on it. To me, it just seems like there is nothing that could bring R.E.M. back together. But, if there was one thing that could, it would be a desire to reform and make new music solely with the purpose of opposing Trumpism. I could see that as a justification for properly getting back together, given the band’s long history of being aligned with common sense and decency.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Ride Unplugged

Ride are continuing their 30th Anniversary Acoustic tour tomorrow in Bristol. It’s a shame these shows weren’t extended for an American audience, but oh well.

Here’s the full itinerary:

You can still see them in London and Manchester, and hopefully they’ll find a way to keep playing and to keep making music. Everything they’ve put out so far has been brilliant.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Big O

You can already guess what this is about, given that the NME spent all of thirty seconds putting two bad photos of Liam and Noel Gallagher together:

"Stop fucking about the drinks are on me"

Liam Gallagher has reached out to his brother Noel for an Oasis reunion, saying that he forgives him.

The ex-Oasis frontman wrote on Twitter on Thursday (19 July) that he wants the band to reunite after their split in 2009.

They're not getting back together until they decide that they need the money, and then they'll do it and it will be glorious and sad at the same time.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Andy Will Never Go Against Johnny

There was something a bit suspect about this from the very beginning:

The former bassist of the iconic Manchester band has said he was "deeply saddened" that "false statements" had been made on his behalf

Andy Rourke has denied being involved in the newly-announced ‘Classically Smiths’ concert series.

The series, which is set to showcase a classical re-imagining of the music of The Smiths, had initially been billed as featuring former Smiths drummer Mike Joyce, bassist Rourke and second guitarist Craig Gannon. The three were set to be joined by the Manchester Camerata Orchestra for shows in London, Manchester, and Edinburgh before setting out on a full UK tour.

However, Rourke has now denied his involvement in the ‘Classically Smiths’ series. In a statement provided to NME, Rourke said that he was “deeply saddened” that “false statements” had been made on his behalf.

No one is interested in such a thing, and if they are, oh well. I don't see any scenario where Andy Rourke goes against anything that Johnny Marr does not wish to be a part of. I get that there is almost zero expectation of anything resembling a Smiths reunion, but this struck me as something weird and out of left field.

UPDATE: And, just like that, the whole thing fizzles out.

It was announced on 22 January that Rourke, along with Smiths drummer Mike Joyce and Craig Gannon – who briefly replaced Rourke on bass in 1986, before playing rhythm guitar for a spell – would perform classical versions of Smiths songs with the Manchester Camerata orchestra. Joyce said he was “massively excited to be playing with Andy and Craig again”, and Rourke said he was “thrilled and excited to be involved in Classically Smiths”.

But Rourke called the announcement “false statements”, adding: “At no time did I give my consent for anyone in connection with this Classically Smiths project to act on my behalf or my name, and nothing was ever confirmed, approved or contracted by me or my team.” His representative called the quotes “100% fabricated and without approval”. Lead singer Morrissey and lead guitarist Johnny Marr are not due to appear at the concerts, and have not released their own statements about them.

Joyce then announced he was no longer involved in the project. “I entered into agreement in good faith to perform these shows with Andy Rourke and Craig Gannon,” he said in a statement. “Unfortunately it became apparent very late that Andy would not be taking part... After much deliberation and soul searching I have decided that without Andy, an integral part of why I agreed to take part in the first place, I have come to this difficult decision. I still believe the shows and concept to be a fantastic idea and wish them all the success they deserve.”

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Stone Roses

Despite releasing two somewhat disappointing and weak tracks to overwhelming indifference, this does not necessarily mean the end of the Stone Roses:

Rumours of The Stone Roses‘ split continue to grow, as it looks as if the company they formed for touring is set to dissolve.

Earlier this year, rumours began to circulate that the band’s show in Glasgow would be their last, before comments made by frontman Ian Brown during the gig seemed to confirm that they had indeed come to an end once again. Then, it was confirmed that Brown was working on a new solo album.

Now documents on the Government’s Companies House show that ‘Second Touring Limited’ (which was set up by the band in 2015)  had its First Gazette notice for compulsory strike-off in October. This means unless contrary action is taken, the company will be struck off the register and dissolved on December 24.

This could be happening because of tax reasons (this is Britain, after all) and it could be happening because no one wants to play live right now. It could be happening for a number of reasons, but do you know what isn't happening?

New music from the Roses isn't happening. And that's a shame.

At some point, I would imagine that there will be a release of live material. There was a wealth of it created when they were playing reunion shows. Some of it was downright transcendental and I don't think anyone was shocked to see them ease out of the spotlight like this. You either have the passion or you don't. If the "insiders" say they're done, well, then they're done.

I agree with the overall sentiment, though. Be glad that it happened.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Stop Nagging the Man Already

I think that, from now on, Noel Gallagher should just walk out of interviews when the subject of an Oasis reunion comes up:

“I’ve been very consistent about it,” Noel told Q. “I don’t need the money, I don’t need the glory, I don’t need to relive the memories. If I was to get Oasis back together tomorrow and then do a tour, I’d have a hundred million dollars in the bank but I’d have learnt fuck all.”

“I’d have actually wasted a year of being in the studio with a person like David Holmes. It would be the death of me as a person.”

Gallagher added: “I could understand if we were a band who’d been going for five years and were just at out peak, but Oasis have got no unfinished business. We did it. We fucking did it, and then some. It’s done.”

He's been very even-keeled about it over the years, and with every new project, the subject is always going to dominate the coverage of what he's doing. 2018 is clearly going to be about touring the third solo album and watching to see if it sells in America. And there's nothing wrong with that--why would there be?

The way to elevate Oasis, in Gallagher's mind, seems to be in how he's going about the discussions of the possibility of reuniting. He wants Oasis to join The Jam and The Smiths at the pinnacle of great bands who moved on with things and never got back together. That's really the only thing that explains it for me.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Breeders

Kim and Kelley Deal put the band back together:

In Kim’s living room, in a suburb of Dayton, Ohio, the Last Splash lineup – Kim, twin sister Kelley, Jim and Josephine – are sitting around, discussing texts and calls and emails and shows, working out a timeline of how it all snapped back into place. “There’s something about this sound that really feels like home,” says Kelley, warmly. Spending time in their company is like being at a family get-together. They tease each other, they bicker over song titles. They chat effusively about current affairs and why it might be that so many serial killers are from Ohio. Kim has always lived here, on and off, but moved back permanently in 2003 to help take care of their mother, who has Alzheimer’s. She and Kelley’s parents live at the end of the road.

With a new Breeders album and tour on the way, Josephine gave up her apartment in Brooklyn and moved into Kim’s attic. Kelley lives a couple of streets away; the sisters have an older brother, who is just around the corner with his family. Jim cycles over to rehearse in the basement, when he has time off from his carpentry job; his wife helps take care of Kim and Kelley’s mum. Kim gives me a tour of their rehearsal space in the cellar, where the band have been practising since she first moved in, in 1990. Brilliantly, they sometimes get noise complaints from the neighbours, particularly if the bass is too loud. They play me some new Breeders songs, the first with this lineup since 1993. As we’re listening, the Deals move to sit right in front of my face and stare at me, closely, with jokey intensity. “It’s really comfortable, isn’t it, listening to someone’s music while they’re there,” teases Kelley.

I have followed Kim Deal for decades. I saw her and Pixies play live in 1989 and she was unbelievable. Her voice carried through the room like nothing I have ever heard. 2017 is turning out to be a terrible year for everything except music.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Liam Gallagher's Mega Reunion

You know, this makes a lot of sense:

Liam Gallagher has revealed that he’s been trying “for years” to book a gig featuring OasisThe Stone Roses and The Verve, also hinting at “something big” coming next summer.

The former Oasis frontman releases his debut solo album ‘As You Were’ this Friday (October 6), but took to Twitter earlier today (October 4) to tell a fan how he wants the three bands to unite for one big gig. “What a night,” he said, “Some people need to get [off their] high chairs”.

“So many extraordinary people on this planet,” Liam added. “We need to come together, c’mon music is power”.

Gallagher also teased his plans for an event next summer, saying: “Stay tuned but I’m gonna round up the troops for something… all are welcome”.

Next year is a "fallow year" for Glastonbury, and so the timing is right for a massive outdoor festival featuring several big acts. Gallagher's idea makes sense--bring together three defunct, almost impossible to reunite bands and have them play over the course of three days, each of those three headlining. You could get five bands to play before each of them come on, and charge whatever you like. It would be a mini-Glastonbury, and if you did it in Manchester, all the better.

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Darling Buds

The Andrea Lewis version of the Darling Buds came back to life recently and they're putting out new music. Complicating everything is that there was a band in the 2000s that called themselves the Darling Buds. I know! It's as if the 80s and 90s didn't count for anything.

They put out an EP last year and, this year, they have a cover version of Our Lips Are Sealed for something called Cassette Day, which I didn't know was a thing.

Excellent stuff, and, as always, definitely worth checking out. They were a great band and they're a great band now if you get a chance to see them.

Monday, July 10, 2017


Tanya Donelly says that there might be a new Belly album on the way:

We’ve only recently hit the midway point of 2017, but here’s a good reason to look all the way into next year: There’s a good chance we’ll be getting a new album from Belly

The reunited Boston alt-rock band — who returned to the stage exactly a year ago in Newport, Rhode Island — have announced they are headed back into the studio in coming weeks to record a new album. The as-yet-untitled LP will be Belly’s first in 23 years, the follow-up to 1995 sophomore record King. 

“We very much appreciate all the patience regarding the new Belly material we’ve now promised several times!” they band writes on its website. “We really have been busy writing and demo’ing new songs since the conclusion of the reunion tour last year, and we’re happy to reveal that we’ll be going into the studio in just a couple of weeks with our old friend Paul Q. Kolderie working the knobs and faders. It is our hope that we’ll have a new Belly record ready for release sometime in 2018, and in the meantime we’re laying the ground-work for some touring to coincide!”

More touring, new music--this is what good new sounds like. We need more of this. Damn, I can't believe how depressed I've been lately. It's as if this is the lift a lot of people needed, myself included.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Be Happy That it Happened

The Stone Roses have split up, again. 

Ian Brown has seemingly suggested that The Stone Roses have split up after the Manchester band played the last date of their UK tour in Glasgow.

As the gig at Hampden Park drew to a close, Brown reportedly told the crowd: “Don’t be sad it’s over, be happy that it happened.”

Are they fucking with everyone? Probably.

Are they going to put out an album? Nope.

Are they going to play again? Maybe in a decade, maybe never, maybe next summer. Who knows?

I cannot fault them for their business decisions. They reunited, they earned back all of the money they should have made when they were dominating the British music scene in the late 80s and early 90s, and they delivered what they had left. Two songs, neither of which were memorable, a spate of gigs here and there, and memories. What more do you need?

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


When people began to spontaneously sing "Don't Look Back in Anger" in the wake of the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena, I had an inkling that Noel and Liam would give it a go:

Rumours have spread that iconic Manchester band Oasis will reform for the One Love gig in the city this weekend to benefit the victims of last week's terrorist attacks.

A tweet posted by Taboo, a member of The Black Eyed Peas, listed Oasis as one of the confirmed acts for Sunday's concert, sending fans wild.

If brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher do reform their band, it will mark their first gig together since 2009, and the end of a long running and bitter feud.  

I also had a distinct feeling that Johnny Marr and Morrissey would do something as well, either together or separately but not as The Smiths. I do not believe New Order will ever reconcile with Peter Hook, but who knows?

There are a number of reasons why this matters, but I can't think of them now. There will never be an "original 5" reunion of Oasis; they'd never let Tony McCarroll get behind the kit. I can see Bonehead on guitar, and that's about it. Gem Archer is still fully in the picture, so that complicates things. Really, it's Noel and Liam and that's enough of a reunion if it happens.

UPDATE - No Reunion.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Is Anybody Ever Really Happy?

Run screaming from a real band with real guitars, you pop star freaks:

And yet, here we are, almost exactly a decade after their first comeback gig, discussing the new Jesus and Mary Chain album, Damage and Joy: Jim nursing a cup of coffee in a nondescript west-London hotel bar and William over the phone from his home in Los Angeles. They are, according to Jim, “getting on better, to the point where it’s almost like it was before we were in the band, when we were the opposite of what everyone thinks we are now; we were really good mates”.

Indeed, even separated by 5,000 miles, it’s hard not to be struck by how alike the pair seem. They’re both polite and friendly – a far cry from the Jesus and Mary Chain you can see in old clips on YouTube, answering questions with contemptuous monosyllables – if they can be bothered to answer them at all – and clearly incredibly shy. William apologises in advance for his shortcomings as an interviewee (“I’m not very articulate over the phone”) and his answers frequently tail off, his attempts to find the right words replaced by frustrated muttering involving much exasperated deployment of the word “fuck”.

As their manager, Alan McGee, has pointed out more than once, they share an ability to make rather heavy weather of life in a band, and indeed life generally. I ask them both if, given the fraternal fighting, the constant battles with a record company that kept trying to get them to work with producers who had made hits for Tears for Fears or U2, and their fabled antipathy to touring, they ever actually enjoyed being in the Jesus and Mary Chain. “Was I ever happy, full stop?” frowns Jim. “In the Mary Chain, I guess, as in life, happiness is just fleeting.”

His brother goes further: “Is anybody ever really happy? I mean, isn’t the whole world just stressed out? We’re all going to die and nobody knows where we’re going. How can you be happy knowing that you’re going to fall off the end of a cliff someday?”

Everyone is fixated on the pull away quotes--pop music really is, basically, shit made on someone's laptop, so why bother with it at all? The Jesus and Mary Chain are back, and that's all you need to know.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Jello Biafra Personifies Integrity

East Bay Ray can't help himself. There's money to be wrung out of the old, dry teat but Jello says no way, Jose:

Dead Kennedys have turned down an opportunity to reunite, after Riot Fest asked the band to get back together.

The band initially broke up in 1986. The band’s former members sued Jello Biafra over unpaid royalties.

A judge ruled in their favor, ordering Biafra to pay $200,00 in outstanding royalties and damages. He was also forced to hand over the rights to a majority of Dead Kennedys’ back catalogue.

According to Dead Kennedys co-founder East Bay Ray, Riot Fest sought to reunite the band. The guitarist claims he was interested in doing the show, but original frontman Jello Biafra turned down the offer.

That's what integrity looks like. Isn't it shocking? Nobody has it anymore. And while I have no problem with people who want to work in music and make a good living, it's pretty clear to me that Jello has his own thing going on and riding the nostalgia wave isn't in the cards anymore. Spend five minutes on Jello's facebook page and even an NME journalist could figure this out. We all need to be leaning forward because we're faced with an unprecedented onslaught of fascism and insanity.

Wanna know how to survive it? Maintain your integrity at all costs.



Friday, February 10, 2017

Always Sad

If the Jesus & Mary Chain can get back together, anyone can:

The Jesus and Mary Chain have shared ‘Always Sad’, a new song from their upcoming album.

‘Damage And Joy’, the band’s first full-length release in over 18 years, is due for release on March 23. The band previously shared the song ‘Amputation’ from the album.

You'll have to follow the link to hear the song. I personally would not choose Spotify for anything like that, but I respect the band's decision.

Monday, January 23, 2017


The reunion bug has been caught by Elastica:

Elastica could be set to reform after the band were recently pictured at Abbey Road Studios.

The studio’s mastering engineer Sean Magee also tweeted that he had “cut a record for Elastica,” adding that the group “hadn’t seen each other for 20yrs. It’s great to be there when moments like that happen.”

A number of pictures from the studio have also emerged with the Britpop band without singer Justinne Frischmann.

I've seen some chatter about how Justine is back with the band, but I don't know if this will amount to a full-on reunion with a new album and all of that. It would be great, and while I wish drummer Justin Welch was able to continue with Lush (which, sadly, ended prematurely), I do think this would be a great thing for music.

All that's left are a Sleeper reunion and for someone in Geneva to answer their phone.

UPDATE: Justine is not interested. Fair enough.