Florence and the Machine perform two tracks from their upcoming album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful: Ship to Wreck and first single What Kind of Man, on Saturday Night Live. Welch does not leave her stool as broke her foot while performing at Coachella, impacting her onstage mobility.
Harris and Welch are Grammy nominees for Best Dance Recording for Sweet Nothing.
The band releases their song, Lover to Lover, from their album, Ceremonials. Welch:
It’s me saying, ‘I want to make a song just like this.’ I was listening to lots of Marvin Gaye and lots of Otis Redding, and Lover To Lover was me wanting to make a song I could imagine a male Soul singer doing. I was listening to a lot of Sam and Dave, as well.
The band releases Breath Of Life, from the Snow White And The Huntsmen Soundtrack. Welch:
We went in and demoed the track, these big, clattering drums, huge bass sounds and everything was very intense and then we sent that to the guys in LA who composed it. And it was amazing to see the music we played being turned into this amazing orchestral thing. You feel in a bit of a way like you’re kind of making it up as you go along, and then when you see it done, laid out before you in such a beautiful, orchestral fashion, it’s really incredible… I love choirs and I love choral music, and there was a 60-piece choir singing the vocal parts that I had written. When the baritones came in, I nearly wept, it was so emotional.
Welch appears on the cover of the January 2012 issue of British Vogue magazine. The cover photo is shot by Mario Testino and styled by Lucinda Chambers.
Welch appears on the cover of Billboard magazine.
The band releases their song, Shake It Out, from their album, Ceremonials. Welch:
I wanted to just shake something out, shake out these regrets, shake out these things that haunt you. It was one of those songs that came in about half an hour and when you’ve got a hangover, it is almost like a hangover cure. You’re like, thank you!
The band releases their song, Dog Days Are Over, from their album, Lungs. Welch about the song’s video:
I wanted it to be as artistic as possible. It wasn’t about being pretty. I wanted something that was striking and made me look a bit scary.
The band releases Drumming Song, from Lungs. Welch:
I f—ing love the drums. I want to be a drummer in someone else’s band. If you know anybody looking for a drummer, hook me up. I’ll find the time. The happiness I get from singing, I get from behind a drum kit as well.
The band releases Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up), from their album, Lungs. Welch:
I’ve been doing all this heavy dark stuff and I just wanted something to express that sort of joyful sort of side to the music. But then again once I started doing that, the lyrics started getting dark again and then it became all about like ritual sacrifice and like who is the lamb and who is the knife? And I think it was just all about me about to jump into the limelight and being in the music industry stuff like that. But it is sort of joyful in a way because its all about giving yourself up and letting it go and you start off being a sort of timid rabbit heart and you have to become courageous and become a lion heart.
The band releases Kiss With A Fist, from Lungs. Welch:
I want to make it clear that a man has never beaten me up and I would never advocate that in a song in any way whatsoever. There are no victims in that song. They’re both beating the s--t out one another, there’s no victimisation in it. The song is describing a highly destructive relationship, but one which both partners enjoy. But it’s all metaphorical.