METRO CHOICE: Together in elastic dreams

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Why are Elastica the pop sensation of the moment? Is it because lead singer Justine Frischmann used to go out with Brett from Suede, and teases him on her new album for "writing rhymes that didn't scan"? Is it because Justine and her current boyfriend Damon from Blur are the irritatingly gorgeous Queen and Prince Philip of the charts? Is it because their debut pressing, Elastica, has stopped the increasingly ridiculous Annie Lennox from hitting the number one spot? Naturally, it's all these things, combined with the fact that their record is the most seductive, jump-around-like- an-idiot racket this year. They may have had lawsuits from Wire and the Stranglers for, let's be frank, copying their songs, but at least Elastica have taste. And Justine doubtless has the pop maxim "Don't bore us, get to the chorus" tattooed on her divine being somewhere under those leathers. So sell your proverbial maiden aunt for tickets to Thursday's Shepherd's Bush Empire gig. If she won't fetch eight quid, though, you can catch the godlike Frischmann and her mates on tomorrow night's The White Room (10pm C4), because Fate is bounteous.

6 Apr, Shepherd's Bush Empire, W12 (081-740 7474)

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