Press Here Laura Marling is a commanding presence. On stage, though shy, she…
- Posted on Dec 12th 2011 3:00PM by Heather Cleland
"We don't get to play together anymore," Marling tells Spinner. "We're all from the same tiny bit of West London. We all bump in to each other all the time, but the carefree days are gone. It's all a bit pro now."
Marling dropped out of high school in rural England to move to London to pursue a solo career, and after sharing the stage with up-and-coming Noah and the Whale, she joined that band. She ended up dating their lead singer Charlie Fink, but that ended and she left the band to pursue her solo career. Then she started dating Marcus Mumford, frontman of the newly Grammy-nominated Mumford and Sons, and would occasionally join them on stage.
Then that ended (and Mumford is now engaged to Oscar-nominated actress Carey Mulligan), all the while Marling has released two Mercury Prize-nominated albums, picked up a Brit Award and an NME Award and garnered comparisons to Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. Whew.
"Everyone's doing what they hope to do, which is make a living out of it," says the 21-year-old. "The reason we were all playing together when we were younger is because none of us had any money. We were all sharing bills and sharing vans and sharing flats. It was really fun and it was really nice."
Things just started to get a bit hectic and it got to the point where Marling needed to make a decision. "Charlie [Fink] produced my album and then we made their album, back to back, in the same studio," she says. "Pretty soon after that Charlie was playing in my band and then we realized we physically couldn't be in two places at the same time. I was really sad. Doing Noah and the Whale was such a pleasurable experience. It was like being in my favourite band and not having any of the pressure of being the frontman. It was a big and very sad step for me -- and that still makes me sad now."