Florence + the Machine –A band full of life
Florence + the Machine
Life and music are the two inseparable factors and the route to music is nothing other than the sound. A song that always touches the inside core of your heart is the melody of life. These are the feelings the listeners experience when they hear the music of Florence and the Machine (also known as Florence + the Machine). They are a seven piece British- alternative indie pop band. Their music has been described as a combination of various genres, including alternative rock and soul. Kind of an experimental mash-up of different genres. This remarkable band has achieved an extensive amount of appreciation across the media, especially British Broadcasting Company (BBC) who has played a very significant role in promoting the band to fame in the global arena.
Quick Road to Fame
Florence + the Machine released their first album “Lungs” on 6th July 2009 and it utterly buzzed the entire music field in the United Kingdom. The Lead Singer, Florence Welch states the entire album is about love and pain “Everything is about boys!” In the UK Albums Chart, their debut album held number two position for a continuous five weeks. After being placed well on the chart for such an extensive period, the band was finally able to reach the top position in the international musical market. After all, it came to no surprise when the band was able to catapult their noteworthy works into the bestselling album for both 2009 and 2010 consecutively.
The Innovative Music
Their deadly debut album Lungs won the MasterCard British Album award and in the 53rd Grammy Awards, it was nominated for the best new artist. They have also presented a very prestigious stage performance on the events at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards along with the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Concert. Florence + the Machine are seeing success faster than anyone thought possible. The road to success might be a staggering start but once the ball starts rolling, things start moving faster toward attainment of goals.
After the smashing hit and worldwide success with their first album, they have gone to release their second studio album titled Ceremonials in October of 2011. It was expressed to be even bigger and ever more expansive than the first album. It is as if the band has been finally set loose from all boundaries after the first successful album. The floodgates had opened. The band was able to completely emote every emotion and feeling into their music.
Florence + the Machine are quickly moving up as they are gaining popularity.
Florence Leontine Mary Welch, the lead singer of the band, belongs to a very educated and sophisticated family. Her mother was a Harvard educated professor and her father, an advertising executive. She is by born brunette and at the rising stage of life, she had suffered from clinical depression. Later in her life, she falls in love with Stuart Hammond, a music editor. Their relationship was short lived as they later had broken the relationship for the sake of their own careers.
Focusing on Florence’s work and her collaboration with Isabelle “Machine” Summers. At the beginning of their joint musical venture they used to perform together under the name Florence/Isa Machine which later on they changed the name to Florence and the Machine. As one door closes another opens. The start of something wonderful.
Welch claims to have produced her best works not while she was sober, but rather during the drunken buzz after one too many drinks. This is where she finds freedom, where the chains of toil and time are lifted. She describes her music and music in general as a form of magic. A sort of magic which transports the listeners to surreal places, such as jumping from buildings or into the depths of the ocean. She is quoted saying “I want my music to sound like throwing yourself out of a tree, or off a tall building, or as if you’re being sucked down into the ocean and you can’t breathe,”
The current members of this band are
- Robert Ackroyd (guitar and backing vocalist)
- Chris Hayden (drums, percussion and backing vocals)
- Isabella Summers (keyboard and backing vocals),
- Mark Saunders (bass guitar and backing vocals)
- Tom Monger (harp)
- Florence Welch (Lead singer)
Their style has been described as “dark romantic” and essentially their music is a combination of classic soul and midnight-on-the-moors English art rock. The Sunday Times described Welch as “The most peculiar and highly acclaimed female singer at the time.” The sound is experimental, out of the mold alternative rock.
If you are still oblivious of the great music this band has created then you must take a listen to their hit albums Lungs and Ceremonials.
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