|Released 4 March 2011|
Artist Noah and the Whale
Label Mercury Records
Release date 4 March 2011
Producers Jason Lader, Charlie Fink
Sunset Sound Recorders, Sound City Studios, Doghouse Studios
(San Francisco, California)
Ruby Red Productions
(Santa Monica, California)
The Strongroom, The Empire Studio, Hangman Palace Studios
Last Night on Earth (2011) Heart of Nowhere (2013)
Genres Indie rock, Indie folk, Alternative rock, Indie pop, Pop rock
Similar Noah and the Whale albums, Indie rock albums
Noah and the whale life is life
Last Night on Earth is the third studio album by the English indie folk band Noah and the Whale. It was released on 7 March 2011 on Mercury Records. It peaked to number 8 on the UK Albums Chart. The first single from the album was "L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.", and the song "Wild Thing" is available to download for free from their website.
Noah and the whale life is life
Following The First Days of Spring (2009), the band's original drummer, Doug Fink, left to complete his medical training. The group's new addition, Michael Petulla, was found via online classified Gumtree. Bassist Matt Owens and guitarist Fred Abbott auditioned upwards of 100 drummers and eventually narrowed it down to 10, from which point the band rehearsed with each to see which was the best fit. Petulla, the last auditionee of the day, was picked. The band first began recording Last Night on Earth in 2010 at Bethnal Green Great Synagogue in London, but the band eventually needed a change in scenery and moved to Los Angeles to work with producer Jason Lader. The band started at the synagogue due its spacious sound, but ended up working was Lader based off his work with Jay-Z and Julian Casablancas.
Vocalist/guitarist Charlie Fink wrote of adolescence and, in his words, "that excitement of being young and being in the night." The ambition was unapologetically fuelled by the music of Bruce Springsteen. In addition, Last Night on Earth is influenced by several different sources, including Tom Waits's 1992 album Bone Machine, the poetry of Frank O'Hara, the art of Edward Hopper, and the work of John Cale, Arthur Russell and Lou Reed. Reed's Berlin (1973) was particularly influential on Fink's desire to step outside his comfort zone, lyrically. "Once you've opened up the third-person narrative it means you have to rely less on your own life and it's more fantasy and fiction," said Fink, whose songwriting expanded to a "strikingly visual style," inspired by cinema. The process, Fink felt, exerted a tangible influence on the way he approached lyrics on Last Night on Earth. The album, in contrast to the band's prior two efforts, is a move away from autobiography, and tells short stories in song. For example, "Wild Thing" began as a 10-minute, richly detailed epic in the style of Street Hassle, before Fink boiled it down to its five-minute essence. The track, another instance of Fink's cinema-inspired songwriting, was designed to have a "Twin Peaks feel."
Following the commercial success of Last Night on Earth, the band toured extensively, including three separate treks to the United States. "There was a week where we did Japan, Australia, Canada and Chicago in eight days. And I hate flying," remarked Fink.
In 2011, Last Night on Earth sold 261,000 copies in the UK.
1Life Is Life3:36
2Tonight's the Kind of Night3:09