Noah and the Whale
|Noah and the Whale|
Noah and the Whale
|Origin||Twickenham, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Genres||Indie folk, indie rock, bluegrass|
|Labels||Young & Lost Club, Cherrytree, Vertigo, Mercury|
|Associated acts||Laura Marling, Emmy the Great, Johnny Flynn, Pull Tiger Tail, Slow Club, The Vaccines, Mt. Desolation|
Matt "Urby Whale" Owens
|Past members||Doug Fink
Emmy the Great
Noah and the Whale are an English band from Twickenham, London, England formed in 2006. The band consists of Charlie Fink (vocals, guitar), Tom Hobden (Violin/keys), Matt Owens (bass guitar), Fred Abbott (guitar/keys), and Michael Petulla (drums).
Early years and Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down (2006–2008)
After the release of a few singles, the band's debut album, entitled Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down, was released on 11 August 2008. The release made it to Number 5 on the official UK Albums Chart and has received positive critical reviews. Emmy the Great sang for short periods with the band, while the brass accompaniment on the CD is provided by Jon Carvell (trombone) and Sam Kinrade (trumpet). Lillie Flynn (sister of singer Johnny Flynn) and Rebecca Taylor of Slow Club have also filled the role of female vocalist during tours. Doug Fink, brother of singer, Charlie, originally played drums but left to pursue a career as a doctor. Until mid-2008, Laura Marling was a member of the band and performed with them as much as her solo touring schedule allowed. She also performed the background vocals on the band's debut album but left the band several months after its release. After her departure from the group, she continued to collaborate with band member Tom Hobden, who played fiddle on her 2010 album I Speak Because I Can.
The First Days of Spring (2009)
From January 2009 onwards, the band started work on their second full length LP, entitled The First Days of Spring. Along with the album release, Charlie Fink wrote and directed a film that runs the entire length of the album, also entitled The First Days of Spring. Fink decided not to feature female backing vocals on their second LP due to the painful but inspiring departure of Laura Marling to pursue a solo career. Her separation from the band did however inspire a change from their traditional sound, signaling a new direction in the band's music and lyrics. The album was released on 31 August 2009, a little over a year after their debut. Three days prior to the release Doug Fink, brother of lead singer Charlie, announced he would be leaving the band to pursue a career in medicine. At the same time Fred Abbott was brought in on second guitar/piano and Doug was temporarily replaced by former Pull Tiger Tail drummer Jack Hamson.
"The First Days of Spring" was the first single release from the album and was made available for download from the band's website, while the first official single entitled "Blue Skies" was released on 24 August 2009 after the song received its first airplay on Zane Lowe's Radio 1 evening show earlier in the summer.
The band played the 2009 Reading and Leeds Festivals on the main stage, as well as a variety of other venues on their current tour.
On 30 September 2009, BBC News reported that the band's equipment including guitars, bass instruments and their drum kit, were stolen from a car park near the Club Academy in Manchester, England. The theft occurred on the night of 29 September 2009. The equipment was recovered in late December 2009.
Their song, "Give a Little Love" was used in an episode of Cougar Town titled "Here Comes My Girl" which first aired on 25 November 2009. The single "Blue Skies" was also used in an episode of One Tree Hill titled "Some Roads Lead Nowhere" which first aired on 7 December 2009. The song was also used in an advertisement for the critically acclaimed film The Descendants.
Last Night on Earth (2010–2012)
In January 2010, it was announced that Noah and the Whale were heading to the recording studio soon to prepare their third album, for which the band was considering the title Old Joy, however, in an interview with the website SoonerMusic.com, lead singer Charlie announced that the album would be called Last Night On Earth. On 3 December 2010 the band released a track from the upcoming album on their official website, titled "Wild Thing". The first official single from the album, "L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.", was released on 23 January 2011, peaking at number 14 in the UK Singles Chart. Last Night on Earth was released on 7 March 2011 through Mercury Records.
The song "Give It All Back" was released on YouTube on 25 November 2011.
Heart of Nowhere (2013–present)
In January 2013, the band announced that they will be releasing a new album, entitled Heart of Nowhere on 6 May 2013, along with a 4 show 'residency' at London's Palace Theatre (24 April 2013 and 5, 12 & 19 May 2013). A short film will accompany the new album. On 21 March, 7:30 pm the band released There Will Come a Time on BBC Radio 1.
- Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down (2008)
- The First Days of Spring (2009)
- Last Night on Earth (2011)
- Heart of Nowhere (2013)
- By Louis (2009-05-01). "On 'World,' Noah and the Whale blow indie scene out of the water - The Bowdoin Orient". Orient.bowdoin.edu. Retrieved 2011-11-02.
- "Noah and the Whale « Live on 35mm". Valerio Berdini. Retrieved 2008-10-07.
- Elan, Priya (2008) "Noah and the Whale – Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down" (review), The Times, 2 August 2008
- "Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can album credits". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-09-26.
- "First Days of Spring information from the band". Noah & the whale. Retrieved 2011-11-02.
- "Noah & The Whale – Blue Skies". idiomag. 21 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-28.
- "Band devastated by guitar theft". News (The BBC). 30 September 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
- "Stolen band equipment recovered". News (The BBC). 22 December 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
- "Hello! First off, sorry for such lengthy…", Noah and the Whale (official World Wide Web log), Jan 2010, "I’m toying with the title ‘Old Joy’ at the moment but that will most likely change.".
- "Music - Kyle's episode 8 blog". TV shows. E4.
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- Official website
- Interview at musicOMH
- The Comment Tree interviews Noah and the Whale
- Interview on Platforms Magazine
- Jazzy the cockatoo dances to 5 Years Time on YouTube
- Abbot, Stephen (2008) "Noah and the Whale, FREEDM Studio, Roundhouse, Camden, London (review)", The Guardian
- Appearance on Plus1TV.com
- Take Away Show on Blogotheque
- Charlie Fink's IMDb page
- First Days of Spring at IMDb
- Noah and the Whale on Obscure Sound
- Acoustic Session with 'They Shoot Music – Don't They'
- The Independent: Feb 2009