"Ever since I started writing songs, when I was like fifteen," Pecknold points out, "I don't think I've ever written a love song in the way you describe. Something is uninteresting to me about romantic love in songs unless the writer is really talented. And more than that, I think I was feeling lots of strong feelings toward and about my family and friends while writing those songs. As far as what influences it...I haven't been in many relationships in my life, and the few I've had have been very long-term. That could be it."

To encounter such openness and sincerity in this day and age is refreshing. But it suits Pecknold's unique style — both as an individual and as a songwriter — which is so naturally earnest and colloquial, you'd think he was auditioning for a high school Battle of the Bands. With that in mind, Pecknold says that the Fleet Foxes' only aim at this point is to convey their life experience and artistic character openly.

A few of these Foxes look more like grizzlies.
A few of these Foxes look more like grizzlies.


Fleet FoxesWith Frank Fairfield, 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, Oriental Theater, 4335 West 44th Avenue, $13.50, 303-830-8497.

"For me, the records I found most solace in and was moved by were Joni Mitchell's Blue, Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks, and Pet Sounds," he concludes. "I find music that sounds like it's trying to move me is the last music that ever could. Really, the only goal with this stuff is to be honest musically and personally, and maybe that comes across."

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