Florence Welch: 'I wanted to call our new album 'Violence''

Singer also says she wanted to make her own version of the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's 'Romeo & Juliet'

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Florence And The Machine's Florence Welch has revealed that she wanted to title her band's new album 'Violence' as she is obsessed with the word.

The singer, whose band release their second album, which has ended up being titled 'Ceremonials' today (October 31), has said that despite considering herself to be "the least aggressive person ever", she believes violence to be a "beautiful word".

Speaking to USA Today about the inspiration behind 'Ceremonials', Welch said: "The violence. Mmm. The word itself I'm obsessed with. I wanted to call this whole record just Violence. A violent emotion. You can feel things violently. It's a beautiful word. "I'm such a non-violent person, too. I keep so much inside. I'm the least aggressive person ever. I can't argue."

Welch also revealed that the creation of her new album was heavily inspired by director Baz Luhrmann's celebrated adaptation of Romeo And Juliet, saying:

I wanted to make an album that sounded like the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's 'Romeo + Juliet', the violence mixed with the classical Shakespearean drama mixed with the pop and the pulp, extreme neon stuff.


The singer has also recently said her new album is more joyous than her debut 'Lungs' and she revealed how she drank herself into oblivion.

You can watch a new video interview with Florence Welch discussing 'Ceremonials' by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

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