Living Up To The Hype: Florence Welch
Florence Welch grew up in South London and attended Camberwell Arts College before finding epic success and being thrust into the spotlight as vocalist, leading lady and band name sake of Florence + the Machine. Florence has been compared to Kate Bush as well as having been hyped as one of the biggest acts of 2009, winning the Critics Choice award at the Brits; and with such stratospheric success in the first half of '09, one can hardly argue with the fact that Florence Welch is a force to be reckoned with in the UK pop scene.
Lungs is the hotly anticipated debut album from Florence + the Machine and includes singles Kiss With A Fist, Dog Days Are Over and Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) as well as a cover of Candi Staton's You've Got The Love.
When taking to the stage what you get from Florence (+ the Machine) is a theatrical experience characterised with exhilarating manic energy that brings their album, Lungs, to life in all of it's enchanted glory. Perfectly encapsulating the dark intensity of the lyrics, Florence captivates her audience, transporting them on a journey of twisted angst and euphoric highs typified in her impressive vocals; building up to epic frenzied crescendos before mellowing, all the time seducing her audience with her blissful intensity. Not one to miss, find out when Florence is performing near you here (floranceandthemachine.net/live).
For more information on Florence + the Machine including tour dates, media store and Biography stop by the official Florence + the Machine website (floranceandthemachine.net).
Originally written for and published on treslola.com, August 2009. Image taken at Glastonbury, 2009.