Florence and The Machine @ Sandance on friday may 10
Florence and the Machine?are an English indie rock band, consisting of lead singer Florence Welch, Isabella “Machine” Summers, and a collaboration of other artists who provide backing music. The band’s music received praise across the music media, especially from the BBC, before they gained mainstream success. Specifically, the BBC played a large part in their rise to prominence by promoting Florence and the Machine as part of BBC Introducing. ? The band’s debut album, Lungs, was released on 6 July 2009, and held the number-two position for its first five weeks on the UK Albums Chart. It peaked at number one in the UK and number two in Ireland. As of 6 August 2009, the album had sold over 100,000 copies in the UK and by 10 August it had been at number two for five consecutive weeks. After the release of Lungs, “Drumming Song” and a cover of The Source and Candi Staton’s 1986 song “You’ve Got the Love” were released as singles, the latter of which also went on to become part of a mashup titled “You Got the Dirtee Love” between Welch and English rapper Dizzee Rascal. The two performed the mashup together at the 2010 BRIT Awards on 16 February 2010 and the recorded performance was subsequently released as a single the following day.
On 17 January 2010, the album reached the top position, after being on the chart for twenty-eight consecutive weeks. As of October 2010, the album had been in the top forty in the United Kingdom for sixty-five consecutive weeks, making it one of the best-selling albums of 2009 and 2010. The group’s second studio album, Ceremonials, released in October 2011, debuted at number one in the UK and number six in the US. ? Florence and the Machine’s sound has been described as a combination of various genres, including rock and soul. Lungs won the MasterCard British Album award at the 2010 BRIT Awards. At the 53rd Grammy Awards, Florence and the Machine were nominated for Best New Artist. Additionally, the band performed at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, and the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Concert. In 2007, Welch recorded with a band named Ashok, who released an album titled Plans on the Filthy Lucre/About Records label. This album included the earliest version of her later hit “Kiss with a Fist”, which at this point was ti tled “Happy Slap”.
On 5 January 2010, “Hurricane Drunk” was originally announced as the next single from the album. However, on 3 March a re-release of “Dog Days Are Over” was announced on the band’s website.
On 12 May 2010, it was announced that Florence and the Machine would provide a track called “Heavy in Your Arms” for the soundtrack to The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the third film of The Twilight Saga. Eclipse was released in cinemas on 30 June 2010, with “Heavy in Your Arms”.
In February 2011, Florence and the Machine were nominated for Best New Artist in the 53rd Grammy Awards. playing during the end credits.
On 26 April 2012, the band released “Breath of Life“, a song which was recorded as the official theme song for the film Snow White and the Huntsman. On 5 July 2012, a remix of “Spectrum (Say My Name)” by Scottish musician Calvin Harris was released as the fourth single from Ceremonials, becoming the band’s first UK number-one hit. Welch has expressed excitement about putting new material together for a third album after the band finishes touring at the end of September 2012.Welch collaborated for a second time with Harris on the song “Sweet Nothing“, released on 12 October 2012 as a single from Harris’s album 18 Months. The song debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming their second collaborative number-one single.