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Fleet Foxes Biography

Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes are an indie-folk band from Seattle. Their debut album, Fleet Foxes, was released on Sub Pop in the US and Bella Union in the UK.

Fleet Foxes: Formation

Skyler Skjelset and Robin Pecknold met at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland, Seattle. The two friends bonded over a mutual love of music by artists such as Neil Young and Bob Dylan. They started writing music together, influenced by the musical tastes of their parents (Robin's father was a member of a 1960s soul group by the name of The Fathoms). Pecknold was said to be conscious of the fact that Brian Wilson, of the Beach Boys had written Pet Sounds whilst he was in his early twenties and realized the importance of practicing a lot whilst he was young.

Fleet Foxes were originally named Pineapple, but another Seattle band had already claimed the name. They apparently chose the name Fleet Foxes because it was "evocative of some weird English activity like fox hunting."

The band soon caught the attention of Seattle-based record producer, Phil Ek, who compared their songwriting to that of The Zombies. By 2006, the band had also roused the attention of local press, such as the Seattle Times.

Fleet Foxes: Path to Popularity

By the end of 2007, Fleet Foxes had built up a substantial following on MySpace, despite not having released any of their songs by this point. They eventually signed a record deal with Sub Pop in early 2008. The Sub Pop label was already well regarded, having released music by the likes of Nirvana, The Shins and Mudhoney.

Sub Pop released Fleet Foxes' Sun Giant EP and the band went on tour with the band Blitzen Trapper. In March 2008, Fleet Foxes appeared at the SXSW festival in Texas, an event that significantly raised their media profile.

J. Tillman joined the band on drums and backing vocals, as well as Christian Wargo on bass, guitar and vocals and Casey Wescott on keyboards and vocals. Their debut album, Fleet Foxes, was released in June 2008, to great critical acclaim. In terms of sales, the band fared better in Europe than the United States, selling over 200,000 copies in the five months after being released. In January 2009, Fleet Foxes made an appearance on Saturday Night Live.

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fleet foxes performing at the way out west festival
fleet foxes performing at the way out west festival
fleet foxes performing at the way out west festival
fleet foxes performing at the way out west festival
fleet foxes performing at the way out west festival

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The Latest Fleet Foxes News

Optimus Primavera Sound 2012: Suede Among The Final Acts To Be Announced

16th March 2012

M83; Suede and The Weeknd are among the final acts to be announced for the inaugural Optimus Primavera Sound Festival...

Stars Descend On O2 Arena For Brit Awards

21st February 2012

With the Brit Awards taking place tonight, it's hard to look beyond Adele to continue her triumphant awards season following...

Tillman Lands Plaza For First Post-fleet Foxes Video

1st February 2012

Actress Aubrey Plaza is giving former Fleet Foxes star J Tillman a boost as he breaks out under his new...

Joshua Tillman Quits Fleet Foxes

20th January 2012

Folk band Fleet Foxes are looking for a new drummer after Joshua Tillman quit to focus on his solo career.Tillman...

Fleet Foxes Festival Postponed

20th October 2011

Britain's upcoming All Tomorrows Parties festival, which was set to feature Fleet Foxes and Sonic Youth star Thurston Moore, has...

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Fleet Foxes Reviews

Fleet Foxes - Mykonos Single Review

2nd February 2009

Review of Fleet Foxes single Mykonos.Fleet Foxes are like a folk style Kings Of Leon,...

Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes Album Review

19th May 2008

Fleet FoxesFleet FoxesBella UnionAlbum ReviewIf a group of friends spent their lives being brought up...

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Fleet Foxes Festivals

Austin City Limits

3rd October 2014

SXSW Music Festival

7th March 2014

The Green Man Festival

14th August 2014


1st August 2014

Roskilde Festival

29th June 2014

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