Love Is A Dog From Hell

Yesterday a press release from Shock Records reminded me of Noah and the Whale, a band whose debut album in 2008 I adored, but then only briefly listened to a few tracks from their follow-up album The First Days Of Spring. That album was also accompanied by a short film, directed by front-man Charlie Fink. Now the band are about to release their third album, named after Charles Bukowski’s poetry collection The Last Night Of The Earth. Fink admits to being a huge Bukowski fan and of the “loser pride” that is portrayed in his peotry and in Lou Reed’s Berlin. Noah and the Whale’s third album is titled Last Night On Earth, reflecting on hard times and Fink’s obsession and admiration of poets and songwriters during their darkest days; Lou Reed, Tom Waits and Arthur Russell. With that theme running through the album,  and the fact that this album has a guest performance from Michael Jackson’s once famous backing singers The Waters Sisters (most famously heard on Jackson’s 1982 hit ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Something’), Last Night On Earth is an album for those who appreciate good literature and a story told using indirect rhetoric and poetic narcissism. Already two tracks have been released off the upcoming album, both strong on storytelling with a essence of down-and-out characters battling themselves and society. ‘Wild Thing’, released in December last year shows the band has come together more than ever before, working together to fuse Fink’s masterful lyrics with a much cleaner, richer sound that reflects the band’s tighter grouping. ‘L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N’, the second single has more of a pop direction, somewhat suited to easy listening radio. It was perhaps chosen for the sing along vocal chorus, but it appears to be more of a bridging track that will sound much stronger when heard in context with the rest of the album.

Last Night On Earth will be released in the UK and the US on March 7. A New Zealand and Australia release date is yet to be confirmed. 

Noah and the Whale’s official website

Posted by Nick Fulton under London, UK
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