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Injecting a wider range of emotions into their music than most of their guitar-based peers in England, Elbow referred to themselves as "prog without the solos" without winking. Based in Manchester, the band went through a couple of developmental stages before settling on its sound, playing locally and attracting record label interest. Elbow's first EPs 'Newborn' and 'Any Day Now' were released by Manchester indie Uglyman. V2 eventually caught notice and signed them, releasing 'Asleep in the Back.' The record was short-listed as a nominee for 2001's Mercury Prize, arriving in the U.S. in early 2002. Their most recent effort is 'The Seldom Seen Kid.'