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Florence + The Machine


Florence + the Machine (a stylisation of Florence and The Machine), is a London, UK, art pop band led by singer-songwriter Florence Welch and formed in 2007. The band consists of: Florence Welch (vocals), Robert Ackroyd (guitar), Isabella Summers (aka Isa Machine - keyboards), Tom Monger (harp), Mark Saunders (bass, percussion), Christopher Lloyd Hayden (drums, backing vocals), Rusty Bradshaw (keyboard, backing vocals) and Sam White (backing vocals).

Lead singer, Florence Welch, was an art-college drop-out, from Camberwell (London), who was discovered singing Motown covers in a nightclub toilet, drunk. ”The Machine” name originated with an in-joke between Welch and Summers. Musically, Florence + The Machine's sound is sometimes referred to as soul-inspired indie rock. Welch grew up listening to The White Stripes and Kate Bush and says she writes metaphorical songs that are "stories with consequences and weird morality issues."

2008
Florence + The Machine's music has received praise across the British music media, especially from the BBC, who played a large part in their rise to prominence, by bringing them into the spotlight as part of "BBC Introducing" (a program to support unsigned artists) - firstly at South By South West (SXSW) in Austin, Texas in March 2008 and later that year (Sept 2008) the band recorded a full session for the BBC at their Maida Vale studios.

2009 - 2010 - first awards and first studio album - "Lungs"
At the Brit Awards 2009, Florence + The Machine received the Critics' Choice Award at the Brits in the UK. The award was introduced in 2008 (when it was awarded to Adele) and focuses on new and emerging British talent, voted for by a panel of music industry experts.

The band's début album was "Lungs" (Jul 2009, Universal), preceded by third single Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) (Jun 2009, Moshi Moshi). "Lungs" went on to become number one in the UK album charts in January 2010, and won the MasterCard British Album award at the 2010 Brits, where they performed a hugely popular collaboration, You've Got the Dirtee Love (live at The Brit Awards 2010) with Dizzee Rascal - a mix of You've Got the Love, the Candi Staton cover from "Dog Days Are Over" (Nov 2008, IAmSound), and Dizzee’s Dirtee Cash (Sept 2009, Dirtee Stank).

2011 - second studio album - "Ceremonials"
The second album "Ceremonials" (31 Oct 2011, Island) - with which Welch was inspired for the title and some themes from a '70s Super 8 film of an art installation, she recalls: "... this big procession of kind of coquette-style hippies and all these different coloured robes and masks, and it was all to do with colour, really saturated, brightly coloured pastas and balloons. I saw it a couple years ago, and it was called 'Ceremonials' and then, like, Roman numerals after it. And the word sort of stuck with me, and I think the whole idea of performance ...". The album is also influenced by hymns, poems and church bells.

2012 - MTV Unplugged album - "MTV Unplugged"
In 2012, the band released a live album - "MTV Unplugged" (Apr 2012, Universal) - as part of the MTV Unplugged series. It was filmed in December 2011 in New York’s oldest synagogue building, Angel Orensanz Center, with the band being backed by a ten-person choir.

2015 - third album announced - "How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful"
The band's long awaited third studio album is called "How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful". It is scheduled for released on May 29, 2015 on Island Records.



Song lyric Dog Days Are Over DOG DAYS ARE OVER Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Shake It Out SHAKE IT OUT Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Kiss With a Fist KISS WITH A FIST Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Cosmic Love COSMIC LOVE Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Drumming Song DRUMMING SONG Florence + The Machine
Song lyric I'm Not Calling You a Liar I'M NOT CALLING YOU A LIAR Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Girl With One Eye GIRL WITH ONE EYE Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Never Let Me Go NEVER LET ME GO Florence + The Machine
Song lyric What The Water Gave Me WHAT THE WATER GAVE ME Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Only If for a Night ONLY IF FOR A NIGHT Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Spectrum SPECTRUM Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Heartlines HEARTLINES Florence + The Machine
Song lyric What Kind of Man WHAT KIND OF MAN Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Ship To Wreck SHIP TO WRECK Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Bedroom Hymns BEDROOM HYMNS Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Delilah DELILAH Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Breath of Life BREATH OF LIFE Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Queen of Peace QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine
Song lyric St Jude ST JUDE Florence + The Machine
Song lyric How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful HOW BIG, HOW BLUE, HOW BEAUTIFUL Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Hunger HUNGER Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Addicted to Love ADDICTED TO LOVE Florence + The Machine
Song lyric All This And Heaven Too ALL THIS AND HEAVEN TOO Florence + The Machine
Song lyric As Far as I Could Get AS FAR AS I COULD GET Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Big God BIG GOD Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Bird Song BIRD SONG Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Breaking Down BREAKING DOWN Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Dog Days DOG DAYS Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Dogs Day Are Over DOGS DAY ARE OVER Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Girl With 1 Eye GIRL WITH 1 EYE Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Hardest of Hearts HARDEST OF HEARTS Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Hiding HIDING Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Howl HOWL Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Hurricane Drunk HURRICANE DRUNK Florence + The Machine
Song lyric I Will Be I WILL BE Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Jenny of Oldstones (Game of Thrones) JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine
Song lyric June JUNE Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Leave My Body LEAVE MY BODY Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Make Up Your Mind MAKE UP YOUR MIND Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Moderation MODERATION Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Mother MOTHER Florence + The Machine
Song lyric My Boy Build Coffins MY BOY BUILD COFFINS Florence + The Machine
Song lyric No Light, No Light NO LIGHT, NO LIGHT Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Only If For A Night ONLY IF FOR A NIGHT Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Patricia PATRICIA Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Pure Feeling PURE FEELING Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Rabbit Heart RABBIT HEART Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Rabbit Heart (Lift It Up) RABBIT HEART (LIFT IT UP) Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) RABBIT HEART (RAISE IT UP) Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Seven Devils SEVEN DEVILS Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Shake It Out SHAKE IT OUT florence the machine
Song lyric Ship to Wreck SHIP TO WRECK Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Sky Full of Song SKY FULL OF SONG Florence + The Machine
Song lyric South London Forever SOUTH LONDON FOREVER Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Stand By Me STAND BY ME Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Strangeness STRANGENESS Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Swimming SWIMMING Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Take Care TAKE CARE Florence + The Machine
Song lyric The End of Love THE END OF LOVE Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Third Eye THIRD EYE Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Tiny Dancer TINY DANCER Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Too Much Is Never Enough TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Various Storms & Saints VARIOUS STORMS & SAINTS Florence + The Machine
Song lyric What the Water Gave Me WHAT THE WATER GAVE ME Florence + The Machine
Song lyric Wish That You Were Here WISH THAT YOU WERE HERE Florence + The Machine
Song lyric You've Got the Dirtee Love YOU'VE GOT THE DIRTEE LOVE Florence + The Machine
Song lyric You've Got the Love YOU'VE GOT THE LOVE Florence + The Machine