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Noah and the Whale Biography


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Birth Place: Twickenham, London, England, United Kingdom
Years Active: 2006-present
Genres: Indie Folk


Noah & The Whale is an English indie folk band from Twickenham, London that came together in 2006. The band consists of Charlie Fink (vocals, guitar), Tom Hobden (Violin/keys), Matt Owens (bass guitar), Fred Abbott (guitar/keys), and Michael Petulla (drums).

The band's debut album, “Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down,” was issued in 2008. It peaked at #5 on the U.K. Albums chart.

“The First Days of Spring,” their second LP, was issued in 2009. The title track was released as the album’s first single. It was followed by the single, “Blue Skies.” “The First Days of Spring” notably differs from Noah & The Whale's debut album by the presence of a running narrative describing the break-up of a relationship and by the lack of female vocals. The break-up addressed on this album was the break-up between Fink and former member Laura Marling, whose departure from the band led to the absence of female vocals. The album peaked at #16 on the U.K. Albums chart.

Their third studio album, “Last Night on Earth,” was released in 2011. It reached #8 on the U.K. Albums chart and #135 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. Produced by Fink and Jason Lader, the record was released on Universal Mercury Records and featured the U.K. #14 hit single, “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.”

Noah & The Whale released their fourth album, “Heart of Nowhere,” in 2013 again through Mercury. The album was paired with a half-hour short film of the same name. The title track featured guest vocals from Anna Calvi.