Florence Welch Says Florence + The Machine Live Shows Are Like an Exorcism
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 07.31.2012
But with less head-spinning, I assume…
Florence Welch said that her band's live shows are "like an exorcism." Welch told Absolute Punk that the experience of performing live is a special one for her and nearly an out of body experience. Welch said of Florence + The Machine Shows, "I feel like I suddenly come back to myself on stage. During the songs, you transcend yourself. The best way to be in the performance is to be without pause and be essentially in the moment, in that moment of expression. I always find it's really cathartic and it's almost like an exorcism, but then zip, I'm always just back to myself. I think I should get a bigger between-the-song persona, so then I'm not wandering around the stage like some mad old auntie that's saying hello to people and falling over."
Welch added that she doesn't consider herself a role model. "It would be too frightening for me to consider myself a role model," she said. "But I like the idea of not being afraid of letting your imagination rule you, to feel the freedom of expression, to let creativity be your overwhelming drive rather than other things."
Welche added that she is "excited" recording new material for an upcoming third album after she finishes touring in September, noting, "I'm excited for the third record. It's been a grueling couple of years, but I'm glad I got the second one out because it was ready and it did feel ready. It felt like a sequel almost to 'Lungs' that needed to come out for me to let people know what I was about. 'Lung's, for better or worse, was maybe a slightly confused record. That was the good and bad thing about it, it was more like a scrapbook. With 'Ceremonials', it was as if I had averted the sound. I pinned it down and controlled it. Now it feels good because it feels like there's a lot of options right now."