Since Eric D. Johnson began Fruit Bats, he’s had two #1 albums on the CMJ Radio 200, found success scoring films like Smashed and Our Idiot Brother, and contributed songs to movies like Wild. He’s produced albums for The Cardigans’ Nina Persson and Breathe Owl Breathe, amongst others, and has played with talented peers including Califone, Vetiver, and The Shins. He’s established a music festival – The Huichica Music Festival – that pairs indie musicians with the wines of Sonoma, California. Yet, in 2014 he was ready to drive his car off a cliff. His wife had suffered a miscarriage and he’d lost his voice in a cancer scare. Feeling frail in his sense of identity, he dropped the Fruit Bats moniker and recording an album under his own name. “I was so grief-stricken,” Johnson recalls now. “I wanted to blow up my life.” In the process of reflecting and resigning himself to new realities, he realized how much weight a name can carry and how much of his sense of self was contained in just two small words. Johnson came to the conclusion that he is Fruit Bats, so now Fruit Bats is back.
“Humbug Mountain Song,” the second track from Fruit Bats’ upcoming sixth LP Absolute Loser, is a spirited track propelled by jaunty piano and banjo that will satisfy old fans and earn the band new ones. Get it in rotation in advance of the LP’s May release!
RIYL: The Shins, Vetiver, My Morning Jacket, Califone, Dr. Dog, The Donkeys, EDJ, Fleet Foxes, M. Ward, The Cave Singers, Rogue Wave
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Label: Easy Sound Recording Company