Fleet Foxes had to ‘re-record’ new album ‘Helplessness Blues’

Frontman Robin Pecknold speaks to Uncut about new studio effort

Fleet Foxes‘ had to re-record much of the music they’d recorded for new album ‘Helplessness Blues’, singer Robin Pecknold has revealed.

The band spent much of 2009 recording the album, and previously said that it would definitely come out in 2010.

However, Pecknold has told Uncut that the band weren’t happy with the sound of the material they’d initially recorded.

“When we did the first mix of the album it was like, ‘This is where we’re at, not where we want to be’,” he said.

He added: “I felt there were things that could be improved. I wasn’t being precious about it. I wanted the album finished and out as much as anyone. But as soon as we started re-tooling one or two of the tracks, that opened the floodgates.”

Bassist Christian Wargo added: “It just sounded weird, not what we wanted. We just thought we could do a better job. That’s what we all thought. I wasn’t just Robin not wanting to let go of the thing.”

The band said that they are more than happy with their second attempt at the album.

Pecknold explained: “There was absolutely no chance I was going to ever put out something that I wasn’t totally convinced was as good as it could possibly be. I didn’t care how many times we had to re-record stuff.”

The new album will be released on May 2 and is the follow-up to the band’s 2008’s self-titled debut.

To read the full interview get hold of the May issue of Uncut, on UK newsstands now.

See Uncut.co.uk/magazine for more details.