“Of course all life is a process of breaking down…”
So begins the F. Scott Fitzgerald essay The Crack-Up, the story of a down-and-out, once successful writer that gave the new Fleet Foxes record, Crack-Up, its name and provided at least a little of its inspiration. It’s easy to see why Robin Pecknold, who put his band Fleet Foxes on hiatus at the peak of their fame, and recently told Pitchfork, “I’ve struggled at times with finding a solid, objective reason to live, or I should say I’ve struggled with the notion of needing an airtight reason,” would relate to such a story. Throughout the band’s exploratory set at the Crystal Ballroom last week, Pecknold and the rest of Fleet Foxes played like people who’ve found that reason.
It seems abundantly clear that Pecknold is very concerned about his art—and existence—remaining vital, personal and original; a living, breathing thing that continuously evolves as he does. He seems truly concerned with the deeper questions plaguing humanity’s existence—as one might imagine a man who walked away from a wildly successful band to study philosophy at Columbia would be.
Words by: Holly
Photos by: Candace
Keeping things casual, we got to lounge in the greenroom with Cherub before their show at the Crystal Ballroom last Friday. Pizza in hand, Jason and Jordan, the two behind the sound, talked strip clubs, other passions & even gave us some life advice.
The first thing we had to know: what would these two be doing if music wasn’t their main gig. Jordan (who sports the red hat) would be cooking food. He might not be a star chef right now, but that’s the only other thing he’s super passionate about. Food. He loves food. Any food that makes you happy when you eat it.
Jason, while enjoying some pizza, oddly didn’t choose food. He would still be doing something related to music, maybe on the business side of things, or studio side, but something in music. “It’s almost boring to say ‘if I wasn’t doing music, I’d be doing music’ but I feel like that’s what I’d be doing.”
Where would they play if they could perform at any unconventional venue? They both were pretty into the strip club idea. That has never been done. House parties are always fun, and they haven’t done one of those in awhile. But, a strip club would be tight. They would commit to that, and commitment is a thing for both of them.