New Review // Noah and the Whale – Last Night on Earth
Outside the realms of hardcore punk and hip hop, band names are rarely supposed to be taken literally. So it’s not terribly surprising to learn that Noah and the Whale aren’t exactly the trans-species minstrel duo their title might suggest. What is surprising is that – at least for a band consisting primarily of humans – it’s the whale part that actually has its basis in fact, representing bass player Matt “Urby Whale” Owens.
Noah and the Whale actually take their name from an amalgam of Oscar-nominated film The Squid and the Whale and its director Noah Baumbach, of whom the band are unabashed fans. For their third album, the band have moved away from the twee folk rock that characterised their early career (they’re contemporaries of current folk sensations Mumford & Sons, and Laura Marling is a former member) and fallen for the comforting sounds of 1980s soft rock. It turns out that the name Noah and the Whale is more prescriptive than descriptive for, like The Squid and the Whale, Last Night On Earth is very deliberate, very dull and lacking in any distinctive character of its own.
Read the full review at State.ie.