Thursday, January 29, 2009

Major Label Mayhem with Fleet Foxes

I love Fleet Foxes! :)
Fleet Foxes do not love major labels! :(

In a post to their MySpace, frontman Robin Pecknold expressed not-so-subtly his distaste for major labels after a Seattle journalist wrote that the FF's had not only signed to Virgin Records, but were planning on releasing a special edition of their debut album. Here's what Pecknold said:
So, I went to the (truly insane and heart-swelling) Dept of Eagles show at Neumo's tonight (sang along and bought a Tee) and a couple people said something about hearing we signed to Virgin Records and they are reissuing a "special edition" of the CD LP. This is false. I think a Seattle Weekly blog post started this fire, which I will now extinguish, with this statement - "Fleet Foxes will never, ever, under no circumstances, from now until the world chokes on gas fumes, sign to a major label. This includes all subsidiaries or permutations thereunder. Till we die." I just don't see the point. Most major labels seem anti-music. We've pursued no such deal with Virgin (or been pursued to my knowledge, I think it was just a bit of news they reported) and would be idiots to be unhappy with our fam of label folks. It is true though that all copies of the CD LP will now include a free copy of the EP (like it is currently with the vinyl), but that's not a "special limited edition," it'll be that way in perpetuity, no extra cost or packaging change. That's all! Also I cut all my hair off.

I think it's great that Fleet Foxes are sticking with Sub Pop, because it seems they've formed a great relationship. But, this opens the eternal question of whether the major or indie route is better for bands. Clearly, the FF's have their opinion. What's yours?

P.S. Here's Robin without his hair!

P.P.S. All this info snatched from Pitchfork!

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