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London based indie rockers Noah and the Whale released their third album, Last Night On Earth, on March 15h via Island Def Jam. The band’s first album since 2009 features ten brand new tracks, including the infectiously melodic first single “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.”

Last Night On Earth was co-produced by lead singer Charlie Fink and Jason Lader [Julian Casablancas, The Mars Volta] in Los Angeles. The album features backing vocals by Jen Turner from Here We Go Magic and gospel vocals by the legendary Waters Sisters, who famously provided backing vocals for Michael Jackson’s untouchable hit “Wanna Be Starting Something.” Elsewhere, the record features Adam MacDougall of The Black Crowes on Moog and Rhodes, and legendary percussionist Lenny Castro.

The album’s title is a nod towards Charles Bukowski’s poetry collection The Last Night of the Earth — Fink says he was attracted to the sense of “loser’s pride” in Bukowski’s work. “In my head,” he says, “there is a link between Lou Reed’s Berlin, and Bukowski’s poetry.” The track “Life Is Life” is another Bukowski reference, its title tipping a hat to his poem The Laughing Heart — a poem whose final lines seem to sum up this record quite perfectly: “Your life is your life,” it runs. “Know it while you have it. You are marvelous. The Gods wait to delight in you.”

noahandthewhale.com

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