Saturday, May 31, 2008
Their sound has been compared to Band of Horses, My Morning Jacket and Neil Young, but I think there is something truly special about Fleet Foxes. So did Pitchfork, when they gave the band's Sun Giant EP a lofty 8.7/10 a few months ago and the packed-beyond-capacity crowd at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen on Thursday night strengthened my conviction that this is a band on the brink. The Seattle 5-piece brought their 4 part harmonies and bashful charm to London as the extremely poorly concealed "secret" special guest for the last Moshi Moshi night until September, performing alongside F. Lunaire, White Williams and thecocknbullkid.
The Foxes' amazing live presence, the completely enraptured audience and the sheer quality of the band's music wowed everyone in the place and triggered "that's the best show I've seen since yadda yadda yadda" comments from the majority of the crowd. Copies of the EP and new album (not officially released until June 3rd on Sub Pop) were snapped up in record time post-performance. I felt a bit sorry for thecocknbullkid, technically the headliner, as 93.2% of the audience flooded out after Fleet Foxes. And really, their set was not to be topped.
White Williams - New Violence
Fleet Foxes - Mykonos
Fleet Foxes - Your Protector
Fleet Foxes - Oliver James (live)
High-five to Ohmpark; they've got an entire live set in stellar high quality here.