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Video of the Moment #2362: Fleet Foxes

By on Tuesday, 16th May 2017 at 6:00 pm

Robin Pecknold and Fleet Foxes have been quiet for quite a few years since their second album, 2011’s ‘Helplessness Blues’. Incredibly, it’s been nearly a decade since their self-titled debut on Bella Union and Sub Pop, which spawned megahit ‘White Winter Hymnal’ and spurred on the growing of hipster beards, a trend that has lasted until now.

Next month, their third album ‘Crack-Up’ will see the light of day. ‘Fool’s Errand’ is the first taster from this long-awaited long player, and it now has a promo video that we’re sharing with you today. Hearing the song is as if they’ve never been gone. Watch the promo video for ‘Fool’s Errand’ below. ‘Crack-Up’ drops on the 16th on June on Nonesuch Records. It’s been a while since we’ve written about Fleet Foxes, but you’re welcome to entertain yourself with our past coverage on the band through here.



Video of the Moment #642: Fleet Foxes

By on Monday, 28th November 2011 at 6:00 pm

Fleet Foxes‘ new video for forthcoming single ‘The Shrine / An Argument’ is an 8-minute animated film and pretty epic. You can watch it below.

The limited edition 12″ vinyl single will be released on 12 December. John’s review of the album is here.



Album Review: Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

By on Tuesday, 3rd May 2011 at 12:00 pm

Fleet Foxes describe themselves as a “baroque harmonic pop jam”. This is a statement fully reinforced by their eponymous self-titled debut, which enjoyed huge UK success and managed to reach number 3 in the Top 40. It was so successful that one of their major influences, songwriter Neil Young, invited them to support him on tour. They were described as “the next great American band”. Suddenly the ‘baroque harmonic pop jam’ was hitting the mainstream hard and expectations for everything they did became extremely high. Their second effort then needed to be something special, something even better, something that wouldn’t see them pigeon-holed as a one trick pony.

The sad fact of the matter though is they failed at this with ‘Helplessness Blues’, a record that promises so much but in actuality delivers upsettingly little in a painstaking 49:57 minutes. I was a big fan of the first record and I will definitely admit that I am a fan who heard ‘Mykonos’, then bought the album, not the other way around, but who can blame me, ‘Mykonos’ was a first taster of a band who made Mumford and Sons’ style of bluegrass back to basics look…well, dull.

The underlying theme of ‘Helplessness Blues’ is dark and from first song ‘Montezuma’ is littered with eclipsed clichés. ‘Bedouin Dress’ sounds like as mopey as mopey could be as lead singer Robin Pecknold tells us how he has “borrowed all my lonesome life”. There are a few saving graces in the form of ‘The Plains/Bitter Dancer’ and ‘Battery Kinzie’, which go far enough to save the album from being a thoroughly poor record.

Pecknold tweeted late last year that he was making a “troubled album” and after listening through, it’s difficult not to realise exactly how troubled it must have been. ‘Helplessness Blues’ is a Fleet Foxes album to the core and though I may have been expecting some kind of experimentation and difference, it’s hard to differentiate between this and their first effort and for me, well I just expected more from “America’s next best band”. My advice is, even if you liked the first album; buy ‘The Suburbs’ instead.


‘Helplessness Blues’ is available now.


Video of the Moment #447: Fleet Foxes

By on Wednesday, 6th April 2011 at 6:00 pm

Fleet Foxes sophomore album ‘Helplessness Blues’ will be released the first week of May, and to get fans geared up for it, they’ve made the following behind-the-scenes video, set to their new song ‘Grown Ocean’. Enjoy the beardy NW American dudes below.



Preview: Bestival 2009

By on Wednesday, 8th April 2009 at 2:00 pm

Bestival (side)Bestival is a three-day, action-packed music festival held every year at Robin Hill Country Park on the beautiful Isle of Wight. The bash is well-known for being one of the final music festivals to be squeezed out of the last of the summer months, and this year Bestival will be taking place appropriately late – between Friday 11th to Sunday 13th September.

The festival initially started out 5 years ago and has grown in both size and popularity since then. The brainchild of Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank, Bestival is renowned for both it’s diverse line ups as well as it’s super fun atmosphere.

Headliners confirmed for this year’s event include Elbow, Massive Attack and Kraftwerk. Other quite simply amazing acts taking to the stage this 2009 include (and we stress, include!) MGMT, Fleet Foxes, Doves, Seasick Steve, Klaxons, Lily Allen, Friendly Fires, Florence and the Machine, Little Boots, Esser, Passion Pit, Chew Lips, La Roux and Jack Penate.

Meanwhile, DJs who’ll be spinning the decks at the Isle of Wight bash this year include Annie Mac, Huw Stephens, Zane Lowe and the boss himself, Rob da Bank.

Yet this is only a minuscule look into the massive selection of artists and DJs confirmed for this year’s event. You can grab the complete line-up over at Bestival’s website by hitting this link.

But music, no matter how impressive the line up may be, isn’t completely what this festival is about. Bestival is also a celebration of fun, and this year looks set to be one hell of a party.

Every year, for example, the festival has a fancy dress theme, and this 2009 the theme is ‘outer space’! So why not visit ‘The Dressing Up Area’, complete with a ‘Pimp My Outfit Booth’ to adorn yourself in such clothing wonderment while at the festival?

If fancy dress isn’t your thing, how about you check out ‘Heavenly Healing’ or ‘The Pamper Lounge’, two beautifully relaxing retreats providing festival-goers with a range of therapeutic treatments between their sweaty head banging sessions.

Other delights you can experience while at this dreamy festival include the tasty treats of ‘Buttercupcakes Afternoon Tea Hut’, the dizzying heights of the ‘The Big Wheel’, the jam-packed ‘The Village’ (complete with a farmers market and sushi stall!), ‘The Kids Garden’ for wee festival goers, and the famous ‘Inflatable Church’ should you fancy getting married along the way!

Wow! So, to learn more about this rollercoster of a festival, check out Bestival’s website. An adult weekend ticket for the event costs £140, and this includes camping. Tickets are still available for the fest and can be purchased from most ticket outlets. Check out the site for more information on where to purchase yours. Have fun!

Top photo is taken from alex_lee2001’s flickr stream under the Creative Commons License.


The Brit Awards 2009 – The Nominations

By on Monday, 26th January 2009 at 4:42 pm

Coldplay's new album cover

Ahh…The Brits. Perhaps more famous for Jarvis Cocker’s stage invasion, or Arctic Monkey‘s drunken speeches rather than for it’s showcasing of the best of British music. Either way, every year it certainly proves an interesting watch and this 2009, the controversial show will be presented by disco diva, Kylie Minogue and Gavin and Stacey stars, Mathew Horne and James Corden. There will be performances from Kings of Leon, U2 and Take That to name but a few. You can catch all the action live on ITV1 on February 18th, but if you can’t wait till then, There Goes The Fear is here to tell you about the successful nominees that were announced earlier this week.

The artists leading the way with the highest amount of nominations this year are Welsh songstress, Duffy and Coldplay – both tallying up a total of four nods. Both artists had number 1 albums last year – Duffy with ‘Rockferry‘ and Coldplay with ‘Viva la Vida‘ (pictured right) – so are unsurprisingly up for Mastercard’s Best British Album alongside Elbow, Radiohead and The Ting Tings. Duffy’s ‘Mercy’ and Coldplay’s ‘Viva la Vida’ will also be going head to head in Best British Single category alongside the likes of Estelle‘s ‘American Boy’, Adele with ‘Chasing Pavements’ and the X Factor Finalists’ ‘Hero’.

Duffy also features in the Best British Female Solo Artist category alongside Adele, Beth Rowley, Estelle and MIA, while the nominees in male counterpart include Ian Brown, James Morrison, Paul Weller, Streets and Will Young. Best British Group has seen the nomination of the ever-popular Coldplay, Elbow, Radiohead, Take That and Girls Aloud.

New music recieving nods in this year’s Best British Breakthrough Act include Last Shadow Puppets and Scouting For Girls, while 2009’s Best British Live Act showcases everyone from Iron Maiden and The Verve, to Elbow.

Singer-songwriter, Florence and the Machine (who we featured here), is tracing the footsteps of 2008 winner Adele through gaining the coveted Critics Choice Award which recognises upcoming music talent. Meanwhile, Pet Shop Boys have been intriguingly awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award, following on from Beatle Sir Paul McCartney’s win last year.

Band’s receiving nods in the international categories including Best International Group and Best International Album are Kings of Leon, The Killers, AC/DC, MGMT and Fleet Foxes. Solo artists featuring in the categories honouring oversea talent include Katy Perry, Gabriella Cilmi, Seasick Steve, Beck and Kanye West.

To see the nominations in full, check out the official Brits website.


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