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Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
is an American indie folk band formed in Seattle, Washington.[5] Their first two albums were released by the Sub Pop
Sub Pop
and Bella Union
Bella Union
record labels, with their third by Nonesuch and Bella Union. The band came to prominence in 2008 with the release of their second EP, Sun Giant, and their self-titled debut album. Both received much critical praise and reviewers often noted the band's use of refined lyrics and vocal harmonies. Fleet Foxes' second studio album, Helplessness Blues, was released on May 3, 2011, and their third album, Crack-Up, was released on June 16, 2017 on Nonesuch Records.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Formation and early years (2005–06) 1.2 Rise to prominence (2007–08) 1.3 Second album (2009–12) 1.4 Hiatus and Crack-Up (2013–present)

2 Members

2.1 Timeline

3 Discography 4 References 5 External links

History[edit] Formation and early years (2005–06)[edit] Robin Pecknold
Robin Pecknold
and Skyler Skjelset both attended Lake Washington High School in Kirkland, a suburb of Seattle, and soon became close friends. Pecknold and Skjelset bonded over a mutual appreciation of Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
and Neil Young
Neil Young
and began making music together.[6] Their parents influenced their musical tastes early on—Skjelset's mother Peggi was a keen listener to both Dylan and Hank Williams
Hank Williams
while Pecknold's father Greg was a member of The Fathoms, a local 1960s soul group.[7] The two shared an interest in the music of Dylan and Brian Wilson. Pecknold played bass for Seattle's Dolour
Dolour
on a US tour in 2005, shortly before forming the first incarnation of Fleet Foxes. Originally going by the name "The Pineapples", a name clash with another local band prompted a change and Pecknold decided upon "Fleet Foxes", suggesting that it was "evocative of some weird English activity like fox hunting".[7] Pecknold took up the role of principal songwriter, both singing and playing guitar, while Skjelset played lead guitar.[8] The original lineup was filled out by Casey Wescott on keyboards and backing vocals, Bryn Lumsden on bass and Nicholas Peterson on drums and backing vocals. Pecknold's late-sixties pop style caught the attention of the Seattle
Seattle
producer Phil Ek and he helped them record their first demo in 2006, the self-released Fleet Foxes EP.[9] Ek was impressed with the band's songwriting, and on hearing Pecknold for the first time, noted, "It was obvious he had talent coming out of his ass."[6] By late 2006 the Seattle
Seattle
press began to take notice of the band; Tom Scanlon of the Seattle
Seattle
Times stated that he was impressed with the band's lyrics and musical maturity.[9] By the end of the year, Lumsden had been replaced on bass by Craig Curran, who would also handle many of the band's vocal harmonies. With growing popularity on the local circuit, the band set about making their first album in early 2007, spending time in the studio with producer Ek in addition to recording material at home. However, funds for recording were tight, so the band members cobbled together what funds they had, which limited the time they had in the studio, and so the majority of the tracks were recorded in various band members' apartments, other spaces, or the basement of Pecknold's parents' house.[6] Rise to prominence (2007–08)[edit]

Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
performing in Copenhagen, 2008.

Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
were becoming increasingly popular and by late 2007, they had attracted over a quarter of a million song plays over two months on their Myspace
Myspace
site.[10] Although the band had not released any of their recordings, they benefited from word of mouth exposure and their success soon translated into a record deal, signing with Warner Music subsidiary record label Sub Pop
Sub Pop
on January 18, 2008.[10] According to Sub Pop's A&R, Sue Busch, at the time of signing the band was still a relatively primitive set-up, being without manager or legal representation. Robin's sister Aja Pecknold then assumed the role of band manager.[11] The band's frontman, Robin Pecknold, attributes much of their success and popularity to illegal file sharing.[12] The band tracked their second EP, Sun Giant, at Bear Creek Studio and performed overdubs and mixed at Seattle's Avast! Recording Co., around the same time in preparation for upcoming tours.[13] Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
began their spring tour with another Northwest band Blitzen Trapper
Blitzen Trapper
on February 28, 2008.[14] Before the recording of the EP, bassist Curran was replaced by Christian Wargo, whose voice, like that of his predecessor, would become an important part of the band's harmony blend. The band's performances, first at the SXSW
SXSW
festival in March 2008, and then the Sasquatch!
Sasquatch!
festival in May 2008, moved the band into the public consciousness, notably attracting attention from the European press for the first time.[7] Sun Giant
Sun Giant
was released internationally on April 8, 2008 and the group's brand of folk, rock and pop, marked by their use of vocal harmonies, was well received by the press.[15] Despite the warm critical reception, the group said that the EP did not represent their full ambitions, serving merely as a CD to sell while on tour.[16] In May 2008, the band chose to extend their North American and European tour until September in support of their forthcoming album. At this time Josh Tillman
Josh Tillman
replaced Peterson on drums and backing vocals.[17] Their first full-length album, Fleet Foxes, was released shortly afterwards on 3 June 2008.[18] The album achieved similar critical success as the previous EP. Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
received four out of five stars from Rolling Stone, which compared it to the likes of the Beach Boys, Animal Collective, and Crosby, Stills & Nash,[19] and a 9.0 out of 10 in a review by Pitchfork Media, sharing the website's album of the year rank with the Sun Giant
Sun Giant
EP.[20] The Guardian
The Guardian
was particularly complimentary, awarding the album five stars and declaring it "a landmark in American music — an instant classic".[21] On June 24, 2008, Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
went to No. 1 on the CMJ Radio 200 Chart.[22] The album achieved an average rating of 87/100 from 30 critic reviews on the aggregator website Metacritic.[23] While the group enjoyed moderate success in the United States, Fleet Foxes was better received in Europe, selling over 200,000 copies in the five months following its release.[24] The sales were matched with critical plaudits and their debut album won Uncut's first ever Music Award 2008 prize.[25] Uncut's editor, Allan Jones, said the album "showed impeccable musicianship, and although you could trace its antecedents, it sounded totally unique. Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
was just a glorious debut." The band sold out music venues for their tours of Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, reaffirming their growing popularity.[24][26] At the end of 2008, Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
was rated album of the year by Billboard's Critic's Choice and in Metacritic's end of year best album round-up it appeared in 17 lists, topping six of them. Furthermore, it had sold over 408,000 copies in North America and over 100,000 copies in the United Kingdom, making it the first gold certificate record for UK label Bella Union.[27] Their growing profile enabled the band to make televised appearances, playing on Vincent Moon's La Blogotheque in December 2008 and on Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
the following January.[28] In 2009, they toured in Europe to favorable reviews; the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant
De Volkskrant
said their show in Paradiso induced goosebumps.[29] In 2008 and 2009, the band played globally ending the tour in September with a final European leg. Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
played at the Bridge School Benefit
Bridge School Benefit
curated by Neil Young
Neil Young
on October 24 and 25, 2009 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre
Shoreline Amphitheatre
in Mountain View, California. This was the second time that they had supported Young after a summer bill in Hyde Park, London. Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
returned to the Way Out West Festival (at which they first performed in 2008) in Gothenburg
Gothenburg
on August 12, 2011.[30] They played at the Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur on September 11, 2011.[31] The band was chosen by Jeff Mangum
Jeff Mangum
of Neutral Milk Hotel
Neutral Milk Hotel
to perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival that he curated in December 2011 in Minehead, England.[32] Second album (2009–12)[edit] Main article: Helplessness Blues

Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
performing at the 2009 Coachella Festival.

Pecknold said that he would have liked the album to be released in 2009; however, the band's touring schedule delayed rehearsals of the new songs until February 2009. These sessions took place in a rented house outside Seattle, but were mostly scrapped, losing the band $60,000 of their own money. Further delays ensued because the drummer, Tillman, was scheduled to play a solo tour in Europe and North America throughout the 2009–10 winter. Pecknold later sent some demos to producer Phil Ek and expressed the hope that the second LP would emerge in late 2010. In December 2009, Pecknold said he wanted the new LP to sound "less poppy, less upbeat and more groove-based". He referenced the 12-string guitar sound from Roy Harper's folk album Stormcock, saying, "That will be the primary sonic distancing from the last record." He wanted the band to record very quickly, with "vocal takes in one go, so even if there are fuck-ups, I want them to be on there. I want there to be guitar mistakes. I want there to be not totally flawless vocals. I want to record it and have that kind of cohesive sound. Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, to me, is the best-sounding album because it sounds like there were only six hours in the universe for that album to be recorded in. So I want it to have that feeling."[33] The band eventually began recording in April 2010 in various locations (including West Hurley, New York) and decided to scrap the earlier idea of a fast recording (though according to the band many of the initial vocals were done in one take). The album features a new six-piece band line up, with the addition of the former Blood Brothers bassist Morgan Henderson
Morgan Henderson
on upright bass and woodwind instruments.[34] The album, Helplessness Blues, was released on May 3, 2011 with a cover illustrated by the Seattle
Seattle
artist Toby Liebowitz and painted by Christopher Alderson.[35] The title track was released via free download on January 31, 2011, and the album's fourth track, "Battery Kinzie", was premiered in the UK on Zane Lowe's radio show on March 22, 2011. The Sub Pop
Sub Pop
record label released a downloadable music video of the track "Grown Ocean", with footage of the album's recording, on its website in support of the album. A 12" vinyl double A-side single of "Helplessness Blues" and "Grown Ocean" was released for Record Store Day on April 16, 2011. On November 1, 2011, Pecknold's brother, Sean Pecknold, released the official music video for "The Shrine / An Argument".[36] On January 18, 2012, after the band had finished touring for the album, drummer Tillman announced that he had left the band.[37] He would go on to reinvent himself and record several albums as Father John Misty, notable for his ironic sense of humor in lyrics and media as well as often criticizing both the record industry and society in interviews and on stage. Helplessness Blues
Helplessness Blues
was nominated as Best Folk Album
Best Folk Album
at the 2012 Grammy Awards, held February 12, 2012. Hiatus and Crack-Up (2013–present)[edit] On June 15, 2013, an image of a home recording set-up–including a laptop computer, microphone and guitar–was posted on the Fleet Foxes Facebook page with the caption "Step one".[38] On June 16, 2013, an image of a broken mandolin with the caption "Step two" was posted.[39] These images were later deleted, but led to speculation that the group was working on a new project, possibly a third studio album.[38][39] On April 23, 2014, Robin Pecknold
Robin Pecknold
posted to the band's Facebook page that he had moved to New York to get his undergraduate degree at the Columbia University
Columbia University
School of General Studies, a liberal arts college of Columbia University
Columbia University
in New York City.[40] On May 18, 2016, while answering fan questions on his Instagram account, Pecknold confirmed that Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
were working on new material with drummer and frequent collaborator Neal Morgan, best known for his work with Joanna Newsom
Joanna Newsom
and Bill Callahan. Describing Morgan as a "full Fox", Pecknold also admitted he "had to up my songwriting game for homeboy." However, when Pecknold posted a photo of the band minus Morgan on Instagram, he clarified that Morgan was one of three drummers involved in the new album, and that for the time being Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
would consist of Pecknold, Skjelset, Wescott, Wargo and Henderson as a "five-piece 'core band'", but they would still use a drummer for live performances and additional musicians for certain shows.[41] Pecknold also said that the new material would be "a different vibe" compared to Fleet Foxes' previous output.[42] On November 14, 2016, the band confirmed (via their Facebook account) that their new album was nearly complete.[43] On December 25, 2016, Pecknold posted a photo on his Instagram account which showed four albums in the Fleet Foxes' queue in his iTunes library: the first studio album Fleet Foxes; the Sun Giant
Sun Giant
EP; the second studio album Helplessness Blues; and an unknown third album entitled Ylajali.[44] This led to speculation that the band's third album would: 1) be named after a character from Knut Hamsun's novel Hunger; 2) contain a photo from Japanese photographer Hiroshi Hamaya as the cover art; and 3) be released through Nonesuch Records, since the label's logo can be seen on the album cover.[44] In an email newsletter on January 1, 2017, production company Mason Jar Music confirmed that Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
was working on a new album, since they contributed to the production.[45] The album was called Crack-Up, after an F. Scott Fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald
essay of the same name. The album is a concept album and was recorded at Electric Lady Studios
Electric Lady Studios
and Sear Sound in New York City. On March 7, 2017, Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
announced their third studio album, Crack-Up, released on June 16, 2017 via Nonesuch Records, a new label for the band. The lead single, "Third of May / Ōdaigahara", was released the same day.[46] On April 4, 2017, the band posted the album trailer for the new album on YouTube. The trailer briefly presents various songs from the album and shows some images while they were recording them. The video was made by Sean Pecknold, Robin's brother.[47] On May 15, 2017, Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
made their live return at the Wilma Theatre in Missoula, in which they performed nine songs from Crack-Up along with a selection of older material and a cover of "In the Morning" by Bee Gees.[48] The band's current live line-up includes Matt Barrick of The Walkmen,[49] who is also the most heavily featured of the three guest drummers who contributed to Crack-Up. Barrick has continued to play with the band, but has not become an official member. On October 10, 2017, the band announced the release of a new EP, entitled The Electric Lady Session, for Black Friday Record Store Day 2017. The EP will be released on November 24, and is a collection of live performances of four songs from Crack-Up, originally recorded for their session at Fordham University’s radio station WFUV.[50][51] Members[edit]

Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
performing in Seattle, 2008.

Robin Pecknold
Robin Pecknold
– lead vocals, guitar (2006–present) Skyler Skjelset – guitar, mandolin, vocals (2006–present) Casey Wescott – keyboards, mandolin, vocals (2006–present) Christian Wargo
Christian Wargo
– bass guitar, guitar, vocals (2008–present) Morgan Henderson
Morgan Henderson
– upright bass, guitar, woodwinds, violin, percussion, saxophone (2010–present)

Touring members

Matt Barrick - drums, percussion (2017–present)

Former members

Bryn Lumsden – bass guitar (2006) Craig Curran – bass guitar, vocals (2006–2008) Nicholas Peterson – drums, percussion, vocals (2006–2008) Josh Tillman
Josh Tillman
– drums, percussion, vocals (2008–2012)

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit] Main article: Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
discography

Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
(2008) Helplessness Blues
Helplessness Blues
(2011) Crack-Up (2017)

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External links[edit]

Official website Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
at Nonesuch Records Official YouTube

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Fleet Foxes

Robin Pecknold Skyler Skjelset Casey Wescott Christian Wargo Morgan Henderson

Craig Curran Nicholas Peterson Joshua Tillman

Studio albums

Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues Crack-Up

EPs

The Fleet Foxes Sun Giant

Singles

"White Winter Hymnal" "Mykonos"

Discography

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