16 May 1986 |
Twickenham, London, England
|Instruments||Guitar, mandolin, voice|
|Associated acts||Noah and the Whale, Laura Marling, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Emmy the Great|
Charlie Fink (born 16 May 1986) is a British singer-songwriter, producer and filmmaker best known for fronting the indie folk band Noah and the Whale. He has been described as "one of Britain’s most daring and inventive songwriters" by the Sunday Times.
Noah And The Whale
Noah and the Whale was formed by Fink, along with violinist and former classmate Tom Hobden, bassist Matt "Urby Whale" Owens and his brother Doug, 2006. As primary song writer for the band, Fink has the sole writing credit on the first three Noah and the Whale albums which have collectively sold over a million copies worldwide, including two gold records and one platinum record. His song '5 Years Time' was named NME's song of the summer 2008.
He toured with the band from 2006 until their split in 2015. The band have played at a number of notable venues, including a sold out show at The Royal Albert Hall and festivals such as Coachella, Lollapoloza and Glastonbury as well as headlining Wilderness Festival in 2013. They also toured with Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend and Phoenix. Fink has appeared with the band on Late Show with David Letterman as well as Later... with Jools Holland, The Graham Norton Show and The Andrew Marr Show. He has directed a number of his band's music videos and a short film that accompanied their second album 'The First Days Of Spring' and another film that accompanied their fourth album 'Heart Of Nowhere'.
Following the break up of Noah and the Whale in spring 2015, Fink announced on social media that new music was imminent. This new music came in the form of the single 'My Heartbeat Lost Its Rhythm', released onto SoundCloud by Fink on 1 July 2015. The song, featuring Fink's friends 'future-funk maestros' Sozo and Lux, also featured Doug Fink, Charlie's brother and former bandmate on drums. The release of 'My Heartbeat Lost Its Rhythm' sparked hope among many of a solo album to follow.
It was not until two years later that this hope became reality. Fink announced in early April 2017 the release later in the year of his debut solo album entitled Cover My Tracks, releasing a new song 'Firecracker' as a teaser for the project. At the same time, The Old Vic announced that Fink would be writing a new show with David Greig, also called 'Cover My Tracks' which will be performed in June 2017.
Work with Other Artists
Fink produced Laura Marling's first album Alas I Cannot Swim, which was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. He has also produced music for Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jay Jay Pistolet and Rae Morris. Since 2014 he has co-written and produced music with artists such as Foxes, Rhodes, Gabrielle Aplin and Eliot Sumner. He featured at number 18 on NME's Cool List as well as GQ's best dressed lists.
Fink wrote the music and lyrics for the Old Vic theatre production of the Dr. Seuss classic The Lorax which was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2016. The show received a five star review from Michael Billington at the Guardian, who called it "the best family show since Matilda." The original production ran from 2 December 2015 to 16 January 2016. The production is due to return to the Old Vic in 2017. Cast and dates are to be announced.
A Street Cat Named Bob
Fink wrote the songs for the film A Street Cat Named Bob, which are performed by British actor and singer, Luke Treadaway. The score was written by David Hirschfelder. Sony will be releasing the soundtrack.
- Noah And The Whale
- Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down (2008)
- The First Days of Spring (2009)
- Last Night on Earth (2011)
- Heart of Nowhere (2013)
- Cover My Tracks (2017)
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