J. Tillman Quits Fleet Foxes

Before joining the Fleet Foxes, drummer J. Tillman had been functioning as a solo artist, putting out three records on Aquariam Drunkard’s Autumn Tone label. So, it’s probably not a huge surprise that he’s decided to leave the Portland-based band; Tillman recently took to his Tumblr to post this:

Farewell Fleet Fans and Friends. Back into the gaping maw of obscurity I go. Tokyo is my last show with the Foxes. Sorry if I was distant and obtuse if we ever met. Have fun.

(via his Tumblr)

“The gaping maw of obscurity;” oddly charming. Best of luck.

Comments (10)
  1. Portland based? Robin lives in Portland, all of the other members, offices, equipment reside in Seattle.

  2. “Successful Indie-folk band seeks drummer. Must have: beard.”

  3. His solo stuff is pretty amazing, although it is sad that he is leaving, I hope it means more solo records from him.

  4. i’m sad – his vocal tone is pretty integral to a lot of those harmonies. *tear* i guess we’ll just have to be strong.

  5. I’m hoping this is a good thing. I really liked Helplessness Blues as a studio record but live the songs didn’t really pack a punch. I think it was J. Tillman’s drumming, which took away from the fact that not only were Fleet Foxes the best new folk band on the scene, they were also the best new rock band on the scene with jams like Quiet Houses and Ragged Wood. HB had nothing you would really call a rocker, although Sim Sala Bim has a rousing hoe-down of sorts near the end.

    Have fun up there, Robin, and make some music that is lively!

  6. The Shins drummer probably isn’t doing anything.

  7. or that morgan dude form sevendust

  8. I’m pretty sure this dude could walk into any mall in the world and not be recognized. I’m pretty sure he could walk into a Fleet Foxes audience and not be recognized.

  9. Justin Gage’s Autumn Tone was just the digital distributor for Tillman’s records – they were released on Fargo, Yer Bird, and Bella Union.

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