The much-loved Britpop band officially split in 2001, one year after releasing their final album to date, The Menace.

Over the weekend (21-22Jan17), pictures of members Justin Welch, Annie Holland and Donna Matthews at London's Abbey Road Studios were posted on the band's Facebook page.

Holland quit the band in 1995, and Matthews exited in 1998, meaning it was the first time they had been in the studio together for more than two decades.

Abbey Road mastering engineer Sean Magee revealed that he had been working with the band on Friday (20Jan17), writing on Twitter, "Cut a record for Elastica today, they hadn't seen each other for 20yrs. It's great to be there when moments like that happen."

Fans commenting on the studio pictures noted the absence of frontwoman Justine Frischmann, but the band moved to reassure them that she would be involved in any new Elastica project.

"Justine's involved in what's happening too, she's just not in the picture(s) though," a Facebook response from the group read. "Be patient a bit more till we break the official news."

They follow female-fronted Britpop group Lush, who reunited in 2015 after more than a decade apart. Elastica drummer Justin was involved in the Lush reunion as he replaced their late drummer Chris Acland, but the band split for the second time in November last year (16).