Fleet Foxes - Robin Pecknold's Songs Inspired By Nicotine Patches
Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold is glad he tried to quit smoking while writing the band's new album, because the withdrawal symptoms gave him vivid dreams to inspire his songs.
The folk rocker gave up cigarettes while penning tracks for upcoming record Helplessness Blues, and his cravings were so strong he resorted to using nicotine patches to help him through.
And his battle with tobacco had an unexpected side effect - he experienced psychedelic dreams that inspired his songwriting.
Pecknold tells NME magazine, "I was trying to quit smoking while I was doing the record and if you use a nicotine patch it can give you really insane dreams, really vivid and real. It kinda got to the point where I'd put a nicotine patch on before going to bed to see what would happen. You'd have these really crazy experiences in your dreams, it was fun."