Noah and the Whale
I've been writing about Noah and the Whale since 2008, so you should already be familiar with the Brit-folk group. The band announced their fourth album, Heart of Nowhere …
Playing the last of three Sunday residencies in May at the Palace Theatre, Charlie Fink and company went out with a bang by bringing out the famous voice of Anna Calvi to the stage for their second set! It definitely got the crowd on its feet.
The evening started with a quick thirty minute set from the band, followed by the screening of the short film "Heart of Nowhere". After a quick break the band rocked hard bringing Calvi to the stage, four-set orchestra in back, and dueling guitar solos. Noah and the Whale finished their main set with "5 Years Time" and "Life Goes On", which got everyone was dancing. For the two-song encore, they ended the set with a Daft Punk cover as requested by a fan from Seattle outside the gig.
The only thing I missed from this set, was Laura Marling. Charlie Fink is a mastermind along with his entire band. I got a chance to interview the gang at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis about five years ago, and I'll always remember the quote from bassist saying, "If Tom Waits ask me to play bass for I'd think about." (Noah and the Whale are massive Tom Waits fans).
Noah and the Whale is the total package. Truly inspirational how sophisticated the band has gotten from plays, to films, to live sets, they can do it all.
Thank you Charlie and the gang! Long live the Nuclear Toads*!
* Noah and the Whale's original band name.
Noah and the Whale at Palace Theatre, London (05/19/13)