Florence Welch of Florence and The Machine spoke with NME backstage at Leeds Festival 2009. Florence discussed her un rock ‘n roll thumb injury, wandering around before her set, how the album translates live, how Reading went, and writing some new material.
“I just arrived. It’s quite nice. We get to check out some of the bands,” she said. “Just kind of wander about until I play.”
On the album, she said, “The album is made separately from the band. When I was making the album I got to make as big a sound as I wanted. Endlessly layered vocals, really complicated percussion. It’s much more piano based, but actually on stage trying to recreate that it just turns into this huge droning mass of reverb guitars and vocals, so I don’t really know how to describe it. It’s loud.”
On performing her songs live, she said, “With me, I never really know how I feel about a song until I perform it live, then I really know if it’s working. I think I’m more of a live performer than studio.”
“There’s been some pretty dark times, but that’s usually self-inflicted,” she confessed.
On new material, Florence said, “I’ve written some new stuff. I think after we finish our first headline tour, I’ve got two weeks in the studio to just have fun, so I’m really looking forward to that.”
Watch the brief chat via YouTube below.