TUESDAY TUNES: Noah and the Whale

Noah and the Whale are an English indie folk band from Twickenham, London, England. Formed in 2006 Noah and the Whale is a combination of the title of one of the band’s favorite films, The Squid and the Whale, and the name of the film’s director, Noah Baumbach. After the release of a few singles the band’s debut album, entitled Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down, was released on August 11, 2008. The release made it to Number 5 on the official UK Albums Chart and has received mainly positive critical reviews.

Come January, the band had already began work on their 2nd album, The First Days of Spring. The album had a different sound a feel due to the departure of their female vocalist, Laura Marling. With the new sound and variety of lyrics, the album debuted about one year after their first album, dropping on August 31, 2009. The First Days of Spring was the first single release from the album and was available for download from the band’s site, while the first official single entitled Blue Skies was released on August 24, 2009 after the song received its first airplay. With this album, Noah and the Whale had reached prime time here in the US, landing songs with various shows such as Cougar Town  and One Tree Hill

In January 2010, Noah and the Whale headed to the recording studio 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 December 3, 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 January 23, 2011.

The band is compared to Neutral Milk Hotel, Bonnie Prince Billy and Belle & Sebastian, and the band cites both punk rock and folk as influences. To learn more about the band and check out more tunes check their site: http://www.noahandthewhale.com/home.php

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