Florence Welch: ”Ceremonials’ is a more joyous album’

The singer also speaks about drinking herself into 'oblivion'

Florence And The Machine‘s Florence Welch has said she believes new album ‘Ceremonials’ is more joyous album than her debut.

‘Ceremonials’ is out on Monday (October 31). It was produced by Paul Epworth and features new single ‘Shake It Out’ and the previously available ‘What The Water Gave Me’.

Speaking to The Observer, the singer described the album as “more joyous” and said that the album was about how she had matured over the last couple of years, saying: “It’s what the new album’s about. Do I want to be stuck in teenage land, where everything’s free and easy? You know, is it time to grow up?”


The singer also said that she is feeling the pressure of people’s expectations ahead of the album’s release, saying: “I’ve been given such amazing opportunities and it can feel like I’m definitely going to manage to completely fuck it up.”

Welch additionally spoke about her decision to give up alcohol while on tour, revealing that she used to drink herself “into oblivion”, but now feels she has a bigger responsibility to her fans.

She said of this:

I used to think it was all part of the performance to go out there, go on tour, and get as drunk as possible. Like, oblivion. Oblivion. Living almost out of control. And I think, now, I feel a bigger sense of responsibility to the fans. To the people who come to see me play.

Ironically, the singer recently told NME in a video which you can watch by scrolling down to the bottom of the screen and clicking, that her new single ‘Shake It Out’ was written about being hungover.