Tuesday 28th November 2017
Doors 7:00 pm
Price £32.50 + booking fee / £36.50
One of the most profound indie bands in the past decade, the majestic sounds of Grammy nominated and Billboard topping Fleet Foxes’ return is something to behold. This is a rare appearance after their last sold-out performance at the Brighton Dome.Their new album Crack-Up delves into epic powered and long transcendental songs, including their trademark sparkling harmonies, and has earned the same critical praises as its predecessors, cementing their place in an important part of musical history.
Fleet Foxes’ self-titled debut (out on indie label Bella Union) made a profound impact on the international musical landscape, earning them Uncut’s first ever Music Award Prize, and topping numerous ‘Best of” lists’, including Rolling Stone’s 100 Best Albums of the 2000s and Pitchfork’s 50 Best Albums of 2008. Fleet Foxes is certified Gold in North America and Platinum in both the UK and Australia. The follow-up album Helplessness Blues was met with the same critical praise as its predecessor (Mojo five stars, Rolling Stone four stars, Pitchfork Best New Music); that album debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200, went Gold in the UK, and earned the band a GRAMMY nomination. Past member Josh Tillman aka Father John Misty now a successful musicianship in his own right, was also part of the band for a long time.
Crack-Up (released on Nonesuch Records) comes six years after the 2011 release of Helplessness Blues and nearly a decade since the band’s 2008 self-titled debut. All eleven of the songs on Crack-Up were written by Robin Pecknold. The album was co-produced by Pecknold and Skyler Skjelset, his longtime bandmate, collaborator, and childhood friend.
Crack-Up is a rich, ideas-driven record which pulls off a pretty unlikely feat: infusing Fleet Foxes’ music with the same sense of transcendence and beauty that they managed the first time, now delivered with an added sense of expansive musical ambition. It confirms that rarest of achievements: a group somehow hanging on to the essence of who they are, while pushing their art into thrillingly unforeseen places.
“Likely to be the most remarkable album you will hear this year… the return of one of the most original bands of this century.” – The Times
“These 11 tracks are immersive, shifting creations, retaining the heavenly signature harmonies of FF’s previous work, while further expanding the band’s sound.” – The Observer
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For New York City’s singer-songwriter Nick Hakim, it all started in a house in Jamaica Plains, MA with collaborators Naima and Solo Woods. There, he put the finishing touches on his breakthrough EPs, Where Will We Go, Pt. I & II, which would later release through his Earseed Records and earn critical praise from NPR and The New York Times. But it was where the sessions for the two-part project ended and the ideas began to materialize for what would become his full-length debut, Green Twins (released via ATO Records), an experimental step forward with emotional heft gleaned from his experiences in the years since.