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Noah and the Whale / October 2011 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 25th May 2011 at 9:00 am
 

London folk pop (and now electronic?) band Noah and the Whale will be hitting the road in October to play an impressive series of gigs across the UK. The band released their latest album, ‘Last Night on Earth’ (TGTF review here) in March. Tickets can be purchased through this special link.

Thursday 6th October 2011 – Nottingham Rock City
Friday 7th October 2011 – Manchester Academy
Tuesday 11th October 2011 – Newcastle Academy
Thursday 13th October 2011 – Liverpool Academy
Friday 14th October 2011 – Birmingham Academy
Saturday 15th October 2011 – Glasgow ABC
Monday 17th October 2011 – Leicester Academy
Tuesday 18th October 2011 – Brighton Dome
Wednesday 19th October 2011 – Norwich UEA
Friday 21st October 2011 – Lincoln Engine Shed
Saturday 22nd October 2011 – Leeds Academy
Sunday 23rd October 2011 – Southampton Guildhall
Tuesday 25th October 2011 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Wednesday 26th October 2011 – London Brixton Academy
Saturday 29th October 2011 – Cardiff University
Sunday 30th October 2011 – Truro Hall for Cornwall
Monday 31st October 2011 – Bristol Colston Hall

 

Video(s) of the Moment #453: Noah and the Whale

 
By on Thursday, 14th April 2011 at 6:00 pm
 

Noah and the Whale decided to go in the electro / pop direction for their latest album, ‘Last Night on Earth’ (reviewed last month here) and here’s the video for ‘Tonight’s the Kind of Night’, the jaunty second single from the album. This should give you a big, warm, fuzzy feeling inside…n’awwww…

Also below is a video from the Guardian, a live performance of the song that is pretty inspiring in itself. I love these guys.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDudIT93m_s[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvxL5E0em5w[/youtube]

Noah and the Whale go on tour in England in May – support on all dates comes from exlovers.

 

Album Review: Noah and the Whale – Last Night on Earth

 
By on Wednesday, 9th March 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

You don’t usually think of Noah and the Whale and electronics in the same sentences. Charlie Fink’s songs, in the past at least, had no affinity to the buzzing of synthesisers. But their album released on Monday, ‘Last Night on Earth’, shows the London band take a step back from their usual folk pop mode to embrace a more commercial sound. Exhibit A: ‘L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.’, the first single from the album, features the group’s trademark feel good harmonies on the back of a jaunty little pop number.

The pain and sadness associated with Fink breaking up with a kindred spirit in the form of Laura Marling (and possibly others?), more than adequately explored in 2008’s ‘Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down’ and 2009’s ‘The First Days of Spring’, seem to have been shaken off for this effort, as if happiness has finally risen out of the melancholy in his heart. Well, maybe not complete happiness, but there are definite signs of acceptance and sweeping moments of motivation that indicate that at least topically, the band has turned a corner. As a result, this album has a lightness that makes it instantly enjoyable both instrumentally and lyrically.

Think of songs like Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born to Run’, the Libertines’ ‘Time for Heroes’, the Eagles’ ‘Take It Easy’, Rod Stewart’s ‘Young Turks’: these are songs that live on long after their initial release, because people can relate to them and they give the listener a sense of brotherhood and belonging in its encouragement. And several songs on this collection of 10 well-penned songs seem destined for similar future canonisation as popular anthems. ‘Life is Life’ and ‘Tonight’s the Kind of Night’ beg for this kind of reception. Expect these to generate incredible response on the festival circuit this summer.

‘Just Before We Met’ is more readily recognisable as Noah and the Whale, a sweet love pop song; Tom “T-Bone” Hobden’s trademark fiddle also makes a welcome appearance here. With xylophone, ‘Give It All Back’ manages to be as sunny as ‘5 Years Time’, except this time Fink really tests his voice, and it passes with flying colours. The only song on here that does not have an immediate uplifting lilt is the slower, thoughtful ‘Wild Thing’, but it’s not out of anger or regret; it’s the acceptance that sometimes you have to let someone be free – not an easy task for the heart, but sometimes it’s something you must do.

The title of ‘Last Night on Earth’ sounds like the last chance, the last opportunity to make good, to make amends, to enjoy your last breath before you leave this life. In ‘The Line’, Fink asks, “is this the line / when I shine like a diamond?” Rather than choose a morbid route, Noah and the Whale have created what I’d venture to say will be 2011’s most optimistic, inspiring, life-affirming album. When you listen to these 10 songs, you won’t be able to stop smiling. Broadly. Well done lads.

9/10

‘Last Night on Earth’ is available now from Mercury. Noah and the Whale are touring in March, April and May. Charlie and Tom from the band discuss some of their influences, including Tom Waits, Tom Petty and Pulp, for making ‘Last Night on Earth’ in the interview below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cg2ek_Lkjeg[/youtube]

 

Noah and the Whale / May 2011 English Tour

 
By on Thursday, 10th February 2011 at 9:30 am
 

London’s favourite folk popsters Noah and the Whale have announced an English tour for May. These dates are in addition to those previously announced for March and April. The May tour kicks off the 4th of May in Leeds and concludes on the 18th in Oxford. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (11 February) at 9 AM.

Tuesday 3rd May 2011 – Manchester Ritz
Wednesday 4th May 2011 – Leeds Metropolitan University
Saturday 7th May 2011 – Sheffield Leadmill
Monday 9th May 2011 – Liverpool Stanley Theatre
Tuesday 10th May 2011 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Friday 13th May 2011 – Birmingham HMV Institute
Monday 16th May 2011 – London Camden Roundhouse
Wednesday 18th May 2011 – Oxford Regal

 

Noah and the Whale / March and April 2011 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 11th January 2011 at 9:00 am
 

Noah and the Whale are going on a short tour of the UK and will play one Irish date this spring. They also have a New to Q session on 26 January at London Bush Hall and an NME Awards show on 17 February at London Koko. Catch them on the dates below.

Wednesday 26th January 2011 – London Bush Hall (New to Q session)
Thursday 17th February 2011 – London Koko (NME Awards show)
Wednesday 30th March 2011 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Thursday 31st March 2011 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Saturday 2nd April 2011 – Glasgow Stereo
Sunday 3rd April 2011 – Dublin Whelans
Monday 4th April 2011 – Bristol Thekla

 

Video of the Moment #380: Noah and the Whale

 
By on Monday, 10th January 2011 at 6:00 pm
 

Can you believe ‘The First Days of Spring’, Noah and the Whale‘s second album, was released in summer 2009? I can’t. What do we like most about this band? Their feel good songs. Their latest, ‘L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.’, is taken from the forthcoming ‘Last Night on Earth’ album out on the 7th of March. Can’t wait.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbGUEelmzxo[/youtube]

Noah and the Whale will be playing at a New to Q session on 26 January at London Bush Hall and an NME Awards show on 17 February at London Koko.

 
 
 

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