Fleet Foxes are planning their return after five years away, according to guitarist Christian Wargo.
The band have not released an album our toured since 2011, when they put out ‘Helplessness Blues’. Since then lead singer Robin Pecknold has returned to university at Columbia and played a number of solo gigs – most recently opening for Joanna Newsom on the road in America.
However, this period of inactivity appears to be coming to an end with Wargo, who has spent the last five years working as a woodworker and illustrator, telling DISTINCT that he and Pecknold talked about getting the band back together while at Newsom’s recent Los Angeles gig.
“It’s not, like, ‘announced’ or anything, and none of us really knew it was coming, but it’s happening,” Wargo said. “Possibly unofficially at this stage, but it’s definitely a thing.”
In December, Pecknold released a solo cover of ‘Out of Sight, Out of Mind’ by The Five Keys. He was also part of the indie supergroup that celebrated the life of The Byrds co-founder Gene Clark alongside Beach House, Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen, and Wye Oak.
Writing in a statement to fans in 2014, Pecknold accounted for his band’s lack of activity since 2011’s ‘Helplessness Blues’.
Pecknold wrote: “For anyone who’s curious, this is a short Fleet Foxes update – been a while! So, after the last round of touring, I decided to go back to school. I never got an undergraduate degree, and this felt like the right time to both see what that was about and to try something new after a while in the touring / recording lifestyle. I moved to New York and enrolled at Columbia, and I’ve mostly been doing that, but I’m working on songs and excited for whatever happens next musically, even if it’s down the line. Hope all is well out there.”