Florence + The Machine [PREVIEW]
By Fanny Lau
Florence and the Machine will be gracing the Pepsi Live stage at Rogers Arena on Sunday, October 25th, as part of the How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful Odyssey tour.
Florence and the Machine released their debut album, Lungs, back in 2009—quickly capturing the attention of music fans with their darkly romantic, baroque-pop sound—along with frontwoman Florence Welch’s haunting vocals and commanding stage presence. With the release of their third studio album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, the band continues to garner praise for their music and live shows, including rave reviews as one of the headliners at this year’s Glastonbury festival.
In the scope of How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, Welch continues to draw on her own trials and tribulations. The songs on the album chronicle the singer’s personal battles with depression and heartache, and the process of writing this record has been cited as part of Welch’s recovery. Where Florence and the Machine’s previous two records touched on themes of fantasy and metaphors, the latest album brings everything back to reality. Case in point – the first two singles, “What Kind of Man” and “Ship to Wreck”, are as equally reflective as they are destructive.
The tour, in support of How Big, was preceded by a few festival appearances earlier this year, including an appearance at Coachella in April where Welch fractured her foot during a stage dive. The North American leg of the tour kicked off in Austin on October 11th and will be stopping in Vancouver on Sunday October 25th before concluding in Seattle on October 27th. Opening the evening will be New York’s GOASTT (The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger), fronted by Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl. Formed in 2008, Lennon and Muhl are both co-writers and multi-instrumentalists on the project, which has psychedelic and 60’s folk-pop vibes.