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The Cranberries, Elastica: Astoria 2, London

Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 17 January 1994

AS LIMERICK pop quartet the Cranberries might warn London pop quartet Elastica, beware the tag Next Big Thing. The Irish band basked in that title in Britain two years ago, but when their debut album appeared in early 1993, the hypesters had moved on. Elastica, who are led by Suede's original rhythm guitarist, Justine Frischman, are the current Next Bigs. They've released one limited-edition single, and are the object of a sweaty record-company bidding war. Coincidentally, the two groups sold out consecutive nights at the Astoria 2 over the weekend.

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