Posted in music | pictures on November 3, 2010

photos by Chris La Putt

Florence Welch
Florence and the Machine

Artist Direct: Which records shaped you?

Florence Welch: When I was a teenager, I spent all of my time going to live gigs. Like I mentioned, my first boyfriend was in a band. There was a really strong South London punk art collective scene because there's a big art college. I spent all of my time going to see art college bands. My boyfriend was in one, and they were on the up-and-up. It was this intense rockabilly pirate punk blues stuff. For ages, the only music I listened to was live, really. I also listened to a lot of northern soul like Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Etta James, Tom Waits and The Talking Heads. The kids in my school were listening to The Libertines and stuff, but I was more into The Talking Heads. I really loved The White Stripes actually. I was a huge fan. The one that record that really shook me up was Arcade Fire's Funeral and maybe Beirut's Gulag Orkestar. I love Beirut! They're so incredible live. His voice is unbelievable. Brass sections are really busy. Whenever we have classical musicians on tour with us, they're always the hardest partying guys. We don't have a brass section, but I wish we did. They're the rock 'n' rollest of the bunch. It's always the cellists and violinists who are hitting it the hardest in the hotel bar [Laughs]. Beirut and his brass section are great. They look so relaxed, having a good time. They're playing the fucking trumpet and singing [Laughs].

Maybe Beirut members were in the crowd last night, 11/2, when Florence and the Machine headlined their 2nd night in row at Terminal 5 in NYC with The Smith Westerns and Hanni El Khatib. Florence also played a set at the SoHo Apple Store earlier the same day, and is now on tour and will be on SNL later this month.

Smith Westerns pics HERE. The rest from the T5 show, below...

Hanni El Khatib

Hanni El Khatib

Hanni El Khatib

Hanni El Khatib

Hanni El Khatib

Hanni El Khatib

Hanni El Khatib

Hanni El Khatib

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Hanni El Khatib

Hanni El Khatib

Hanni El Khatib

Hanni El Khatib

Hanni El Khatib

Hanni El Khatib

Florence and the Machine

Florence and the Machine

Florence and the Machine

Florence and the Machine

Florence and the Machine

Florence and the Machine

Florence and the Machine

Florence and the Machine

Florence and the Machine

Florence and the Machine

Florence and the Machine

Florence and the Machine

Florence and the Machine

Florence and the Machine

Florence and the Machine

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Comments (16)

so is this like a contemporary bette midler or something?

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2010 11:12 AM

Great show - both nights. Lot's of energy

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2010 11:15 AM

so was that an attempt on insightful commentary or something?

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2010 11:16 AM

Nice pics of the T5 roof lounge...I tend to spend the whole show up there, sound seems better than in the venue.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2010 11:24 AM

i didn't know T5 had a roof lounge... can you jump off of it?

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2010 11:32 AM

linda! musa! maravilhosa! tesão! é o remédio que o médico me receitou!;)

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2010 11:43 AM

Unfortunately you cannot jump. You can't see a skyline or anything because the walls extend up quite high like a prison...

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2010 11:48 AM

Why the Bette Midler comparison? Because she has red hair? I don't get it.

Posted by M | November 3, 2010 12:15 PM

Because they both suck.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2010 1:04 PM

does anyone know where the afterparty for the show was last night? and who performed there?

Posted by maria | November 3, 2010 1:14 PM

Don Hills and Hanni El Khatib played

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2010 4:20 PM

no setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2010 6:04 PM

Cosmic Love
My Boy Builds Coffins
Hurricane Drunk
Drumming Song
Blinding
I'm Not Calling You A Liar
Between Two Lungs
Howl
Strangeness and Charm
Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
Encore:
Heavy In Your Arms
Kiss With A Fist
Dog Days Are Over

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2010 6:08 PM

Florence is playing Irving Plaza on December 14th...on-sale at Live Nation and password is musicgeeks

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2010 12:28 PM

"Contemporary Bette Midler" that is great. WOW.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2010 4:35 PM

I don't get the comparison either but shit that made me laugh.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2010 4:36 PM

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