NME sat down with Florence Welch for her world exclusive interview about her brand new album – and you can read all about it in this week’s issue of the magazine. Until then, take a look through this gallery, as we look back at some of her best photographs from NME shoots.
If you’ve yet to hear any of Flo’s new album ‘Ceremonials’, you can read our track-by-track reaction to the record.
“I was a scared kid, a worrier,” Florence revealed in this week’s issue of NME. “It gives you the feeling of being haunted.”
We swung by Florence’s cover shoot – you can watch some behind-the-scene footage, as well as an interview, right here.
“Music’s not a competition. I’ve never needed to compete with another female artist,” Florence shared with NME.
Tom Oxley snapped this picture of Florence getting ready backstage at a 2008 live show in Iceland.
Flo performed at the Diesel XxX Party at London’s Matter venue in 2008.
“I am obsessed with drowning,” Florence revealed in this week’s issue of NME. “I think it’s about succumbing and being completely overwhelmed by something that’s bigger than everything.”
Florence recently told NME that her new single ‘Shake It Out became “the ultimate hangover cure.” Explaining the creation of the song, she said: “It was a really magic one. I feel weird because I’m always talking about how I’m writing songs when I’m hung over most of the songs weren’t but ‘Shake It Out’ was.”
“My first gigs were all: arrive, get drunk, scream. Arrive, get drunk, scream, fall over, scream,” Florence shared with NME. “So I think now I’m learning how to act with a bit more restraint.”
You can watch Flo’s brand new video for ‘Shake It Out’ here.
Florence And The Machine’s 13-track record ‘Ceremonials’ is set for release on October 31st.
Florence Welch recently told NME that the album, the follow-up to 2009’s ‘Lungs’, is built around the “big” themes of “love, death, violence and guilt”.
Florence said of the new album: “There’s big moments of confession in it, overcoming your demons and trying to find in song the ultimate hangover cure.”
The LP was recorded at London’s Abbey Road Studios with producer Paul Epworth, who recently tweeted there were “no weak [tracks]” on the LP.
Epworth added that ‘Ceremonials’ is “more stripped down” but also “much heavier” than ‘Lungs’.
Florence shows off her wardrobe at Glastonbury Festival 2009.
Florence backstage at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, Ireland in 2010.
Andy Willsher snapped this photo of Florence at Latitude 2010.
A photo from Florence’s 2010 NME cover shoot.
Here’s another shot from Florence’s 2010 NME magazine shoot.
Florence mid-set at Glastonbury 2010.
Another snap of Florence at Glastonbury 2010.
Here’s Florence at Isle Of Wight Festival 2010.
“I think as a performer you pick up on other people’s emotions so much and you feed off them because they’re like you’re paint,” Florence said in this week’s issue of NME. “Like an artist gets so intoxicated by colours and for a chef it’s flavours. For songwriters, it’s emotions and stuff – you sort of absorb them.”
Don’t forget to pick up a copy of this week’s NME for more from Florence, as she discusses her comeback and her new album ‘Ceremonials’.