The Fleet Foxes are back after a six year hiatus…but without key drummer, Josh Tillman.
Fleet Foxes dropped “Fool’s Errand,” the first single released in their anticipated album, Crack-Up. The album, which will be available on June 16th via Nonesuch, is the first piece of music the band has released in nearly six years. Shortly after their tour on Helplessness Blues (2011), the band slipped into hiatus with frontman Robin Pecknold, returning to school at Columbia University and drummer Josh Tillman calling it quits.
Like many bands, the Fleet Foxes started with a common love for music uniting two high-school friends, Robin Pecknold and Skyler Skjelset. They recorded their first demo in 2006 without official management or legal representation. Their rise to prominence in 2007 started with a series of tours and ended with a record deal with Sub Pop and the addition of songwriters Christian Wargo (guitar) and Josh Tillman (drums).
In 2016 there were rumors that the group was getting back together. Pecknold spoke to the hiatus, saying he has “a lot more perspective now,” but how will the group do without their essential drummer? Josh Tillman has been wildly successful as Father John Misty, and it is clear in “Fool’s Errand” that the Fleet Foxes may be lacking the percussion expertise they once had.
Robin Pecknold (vocals), Christian Wargo (bass), Morgan Henderson (multi-instrumentalist), Skyler Skjelset (guitar), and Casey Wescott (keyboards) are all individually and collectively extremely talented musicians, but will we hear something missing in Crack-Up? Stay tuned in June. Meanwhile, check out the new track below.