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Fleet Foxes is an indie folk band that formed in Seattle, Washington. They are signed to the Sub Pop and Bella Union record labels.

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The band came to prominence in 2008 with the release of their second EP, Sun Giant, and their debut full length album Fleet Foxes. Both Sun Giant and their eponymous debut album received much critical praise and reviewers often noted their use of refined lyrics and vocal harmonies. Their second studio album, Helplessness Blues was released on May 3, 2011.

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 and Neil Young and began making music together.

Their parents influenced their musical tastes early on—Skjelset's mother Peggi was a keen listener of both Bob Dylan and Hank Williams while Pecknold's father Greg was a member of The Fathoms, a local 1960s soul group.

The two were interested in the achievements of Dylan and Brian Wilson and realized the importance of practicing music from a young age.

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."Pecknold took up the role of principal songwriter, both singing and playing guitar, while Skjelset played lead guitar.Pecknold's late-sixties pop style caught the attention of Seattle producer Phil Ek and he helped them record their first demo in 2006, the self-released Fleet Foxes EP.

Ek was impressed with the band's songwriting, and upon hearing Pecknold for the first time, noted "it was obvious he had talent coming out of his ass."

By late 2006 the Seattle press began to take notice of the band; Tom Scanlon of the Seattle Times stated that he was impressed with the band's lyrics and musical maturity.

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.

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 site. 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 on January 18, 2008.

According to Sub Pop 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.

The band's frontman, Robin Pecknold attributes much of their success and popularity to illegal file sharing.

The band completed the recording of their second EP, Sun Giant, at Bear Creek Studio, around the same time in preparation for upcoming tours.

Fleet Foxes began their spring tour with fellow Northwest band Blitzen Trapper on February 28, 2008.

The band's performances, first at the SXSW festival in March 2008, and then the Sasquatch! festival in May 2008, moved the band into the public consciousness, notably attracting attention from the European press for the first time.

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.

Despite the warm critical reception, the group stated that the EP did not represent their full ambitions, serving merely as a CD to sell while on tour. In May 2008 the band chose to extend their North American and European tour until September in support of their forthcoming album. Additionally, the band grew in number as songwriters Christian Wargo and J. Tillman joined Fleet Foxes on guitars and drums respectively. Their debut full length album Fleet Foxes was released shortly afterwards on June 3, 2008.

The album achieved similar critical success as the previous EP had. Fleet Foxes received four out of five stars from Rolling Stone, who compared it to the likes of the Beach Boys, Animal Collective, and Crosby, Stills & Nash,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 EP.

The Guardian was particularly complimentary, awarding the album five stars and declaring it "a landmark in American music—an instant classic."

On June 24, 2008, Fleet Foxes went to No. 1 on the CMJ Radio 200 Chart. The album achieved an average rating of 87/100 from 30 critic reviews on aggregator website Metacritic.

While the group enjoyed moderate success in the United States, Fleet Foxes was better received in Europe, selling over 200,000 copies in the first five months following its release.The sales were matched with critical plaudits and their debut album won Uncut's first ever Music Award 2008 prize.

Uncut editor Allan Jones said the album "showed impeccable musicianship, and although you could trace its antecedents, it sounded totally unique. 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.

At the end of 2008, 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. 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 the following January.

In 2009, they toured in Europe to favorable reviews; Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant said their show in Paradiso induced goosebumps. Throughout 2008–9 the band played globally ending the tour in September with a final European leg.

Fleet Foxes played at the Bridge School Benefit curated by Neil Young on October 24 and 25, 2009 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. This is the second time they supported Young after a summer bill in Hyde Park, London. Fleet Foxes returned to the Way Out West Festival (at which they first performed in 2008) in Gothenburg on August 12, 2011.

They played at the Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur on September 11, 2011.

The band was chosen by Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel to perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival that he curated in December 2011 in Minehead, England

On June 15th, 2013, the Fleet Foxes Facebook page posted images of a home set-up recording studio on a Macbook air, including a microphone and guitar in the photo, as well as the caption "Step one". The next day they posted an image of a broken mandolin with the caption "Step two". These images lead to speculation that they are working on a new project, possibly a third studio album

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Fleet Foxes is an indie folk band that formed in Seattle, Washington. They are signed to the Sub Pop and Bella Union record labels.

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The band came to prominence in 2008 with the release of their second EP, Sun Giant, and their debut full length album Fleet Foxes. Both Sun Giant and their eponymous debut album received much critical praise and reviewers often noted their use of refined lyrics and vocal harmonies. Their second studio album, Helplessness Blues was released on May 3, 2011.

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 and Neil Young and began making music together.

Their parents influenced their musical tastes early on—Skjelset's mother Peggi was a keen listener of both Bob Dylan and Hank Williams while Pecknold's father Greg was a member of The Fathoms, a local 1960s soul group.

The two were interested in the achievements of Dylan and Brian Wilson and realized the importance of practicing music from a young age.

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."Pecknold took up the role of principal songwriter, both singing and playing guitar, while Skjelset played lead guitar.Pecknold's late-sixties pop style caught the attention of Seattle producer Phil Ek and he helped them record their first demo in 2006, the self-released Fleet Foxes EP.

Ek was impressed with the band's songwriting, and upon hearing Pecknold for the first time, noted "it was obvious he had talent coming out of his ass."

By late 2006 the Seattle press began to take notice of the band; Tom Scanlon of the Seattle Times stated that he was impressed with the band's lyrics and musical maturity.

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.

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 site. 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 on January 18, 2008.

According to Sub Pop 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.

The band's frontman, Robin Pecknold attributes much of their success and popularity to illegal file sharing.

The band completed the recording of their second EP, Sun Giant, at Bear Creek Studio, around the same time in preparation for upcoming tours.

Fleet Foxes began their spring tour with fellow Northwest band Blitzen Trapper on February 28, 2008.

The band's performances, first at the SXSW festival in March 2008, and then the Sasquatch! festival in May 2008, moved the band into the public consciousness, notably attracting attention from the European press for the first time.

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.

Despite the warm critical reception, the group stated that the EP did not represent their full ambitions, serving merely as a CD to sell while on tour. In May 2008 the band chose to extend their North American and European tour until September in support of their forthcoming album. Additionally, the band grew in number as songwriters Christian Wargo and J. Tillman joined Fleet Foxes on guitars and drums respectively. Their debut full length album Fleet Foxes was released shortly afterwards on June 3, 2008.

The album achieved similar critical success as the previous EP had. Fleet Foxes received four out of five stars from Rolling Stone, who compared it to the likes of the Beach Boys, Animal Collective, and Crosby, Stills & Nash,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 EP.

The Guardian was particularly complimentary, awarding the album five stars and declaring it "a landmark in American music—an instant classic."

On June 24, 2008, Fleet Foxes went to No. 1 on the CMJ Radio 200 Chart. The album achieved an average rating of 87/100 from 30 critic reviews on aggregator website Metacritic.

While the group enjoyed moderate success in the United States, Fleet Foxes was better received in Europe, selling over 200,000 copies in the first five months following its release.The sales were matched with critical plaudits and their debut album won Uncut's first ever Music Award 2008 prize.

Uncut editor Allan Jones said the album "showed impeccable musicianship, and although you could trace its antecedents, it sounded totally unique. 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.

At the end of 2008, 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. 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 the following January.

In 2009, they toured in Europe to favorable reviews; Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant said their show in Paradiso induced goosebumps. Throughout 2008–9 the band played globally ending the tour in September with a final European leg.

Fleet Foxes played at the Bridge School Benefit curated by Neil Young on October 24 and 25, 2009 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. This is the second time they supported Young after a summer bill in Hyde Park, London. Fleet Foxes returned to the Way Out West Festival (at which they first performed in 2008) in Gothenburg on August 12, 2011.

They played at the Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur on September 11, 2011.

The band was chosen by Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel to perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival that he curated in December 2011 in Minehead, England

On June 15th, 2013, the Fleet Foxes Facebook page posted images of a home set-up recording studio on a Macbook air, including a microphone and guitar in the photo, as well as the caption "Step one". The next day they posted an image of a broken mandolin with the caption "Step two". These images lead to speculation that they are working on a new project, possibly a third studio album

Fleet Foxes Videos

  • Fleet Foxes - The Shrine/An Argument (Haldern Pop 2011) - YouTube
  • Fleet Foxes Later Jools Holland 2011 [3 TRACKS HD] - YouTube

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  • How to book Fleet Foxes?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Fleet Foxes for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Fleet Foxes, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Fleet Foxes or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Fleet Foxes?

    Booking fees for Fleet Foxes, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Fleet Foxes, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Fleet Foxes?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Fleet Foxes for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Fleet Foxes for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Fleet Foxes or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Fleet Foxes or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Fleet Foxes is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Fleet Foxes for your event is $50,000 - $100,000. Fleet Foxes generally travels from Seattle, WA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jeff Tweedy, MGMT, Ra Ra Riot, Bon Iver and Franz Ferdinand. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Fleet Foxes for an upcoming event.

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  • Fleet Foxes - The Shrine/An Argument (Haldern Pop 2011) - YouTube
    Fleet Foxes Later Jools Holland 2011 [3 TRACKS HD] - YouTube

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