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Fruit Bats and Vetiver at Zebulon (February 27, 2019)
Venue: Zebulon (Los Angeles, CA, US) Find tickets
Fruit Bats and Vetiver with Scott Hirsch at The Chapel (February 28, 2019)
Venue: The Chapel (San Francisco, CA, US) Find tickets
Fruit Bats and Vetiver at Sebastiani Theatre (March 1, 2019)
Venue: Sebastiani Theatre (Sonoma, CA, US) Find tickets
Fruit Bats and Vetiver at Henry Miller Memorial Library (March 2, 2019)
Venue: Henry Miller Memorial Library (Big Sur, CA, US) Find tickets
Fruit Bats Feb 14, 2019
Fruit Bats Feb 02, 2019
Fruit Bats & Vetiver – In Real Life (Live at Spacebomb Studios) LP/DIG | 02.22.2019 STREAM/DOWNLOAD: PRE-ORDER VINYL: Eric D. Johnson and Andy Cabic have a lot in common. From the first time they met at a gig in Arcata, CA nearly 10 years ago at the suggestion of a mutual friend who just knew they’d hit it off, they recognized each other as kindred spirits with a common affinity for songwriting that embraces a range of feeling, strong on melodies paired with thoughtful lyrics and catchy hooks. Over the years, they’ve played in each other's bands (Fruit Bats and Vetiver), on one another’s albums (often on the same labels, Sub Pop and Easy Sound), scored films together (Smashed, After Tiller), and toured the world with one another as well as performed and collaborated alongside their friends (Cabic with Devendra Banhart and Johnson with The Shins and Califone). In the past two years, following rounds of full-band touring supporting the release of Vetiver’s Complete Strangers and Fruit Bats’ Absolute Loser, the two have banded together for several duo shows in the United States and Europe. On stage together with two acoustic guitars, they go back-and-forth, weaving together Fruit Bats and Vetiver songs in ways that feel seamless yet reveal all the stylistic nuances that set them apart. Throw in a few songs by their favorite musicians, folks like the Incredible String Band, David Blue, and Bobby Charles, and you have a night that brings fans together in celebration of the ever-present power of song. In Real Life documents this musical partnership as part of the ongoing Live At Spacebomb series. At the invitation of their friends at Spacebomb and the request of audience members night after night, Eric and Andy decided to record a few fan favorites just as they’ve been performing them together, live in Spacebomb’s studio in Richmond, VA on a morning off from a recent tour East Coast tour. The unadorned simplicity of these performances captures a bit of their travels and friendship, their appreciation and respect for each other’s songs, and the ease and joy of sharing the stage night after night, year after year. Johnson brings two to the table, his 2003 fan favorite “When U Love Somebody” and 2016 stunner “Humbug Mountain Song” (which have jointly racked up an impressive 30 million streams). Cabic supplies his “Maureen” – from 2006’s To Find Me Gone – and “Rolling Sea” – from his first album on Sub Pop in 2009. Two beloved cover songs complete the set: Bobby Charles’ classic “I Must Be In A Good Place Now” and the lesser known “Nice Baby and the Angel,” written and performed by David Blue for his Graham Nash-produced album of the same name in 1973. Says Cabic about selecting those two, “Both songs are ones dear to us. Bobby Charles and David Blue are craftsmen of songs, under-appreciated by mainstream audiences but esteemed by their peers.” With both Fruit Bats and Vetiver ready to begin the next chapter in each of their stories, In Real Life is a time capsule, captured at a moment of synchronicity for the two musicians. They’ve come from separate places and their paths will part once again, but just for a moment, these two friends find themselves in the same place at the same time, and the pleasure is all ours. // photo by Joey Wharton Photography, design by Travis Robertson (Spacebomb)
Fruit Bats Jan 31, 2019
Finally, a Fruit Bats & Vetiver album. 'In Real Life (Live at Spacebomb Studios)' is out February 22nd on Spacebomb, but you can hear "Humbug Mountain Song" and "Rolling Sea" now: Pre-order the vinyl and get a set of four limited edition prints while they last:
Fruit Bats Jan 28, 2019
Fruit Bats recently played to a full Revolution Hall in Portland presented by Pickathon, and Vortex Music Magazine was there to capture it. Many more full band tour dates to come in 2019... Photos by Blake Sourisseau
Fruit Bats Jan 21, 2019
Holy shit! This thing again! 💯🏄🏻‍♂️🍭⚡️😍❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Fruit Bats Jan 03, 2019
Happy New Year! Just coming out of a few weeks’ social-media hibernation. First full band shows in a pretty long time comin atcha this month! Seattle is now SOLD OUT! Better grab tix to Portland ASAP buds! These will be special, sneak peeks of new jams, old songs that we’ve never played before, laughs n laughs. Oh, and LAKE will be joining us in B’ham and Seattle which rules.
Fruit Bats Dec 21, 2018
Eric D. Johnson is one-third of the new group Bonny Light Horseman, alongside Anais Mitchell & Josh D Kaufman. Look out for new music to hear soon, and catch them live in 2019: Jan 27 – New York NY – Rockwood Music Hall Tickets: Jul 28 – Newport RI – Newport Folk Festival (photo by Graham Tolbert)
Fruit Bats Nov 26, 2018
January, Cascadia – full band shows, playing a bunch of the new tunes for the first time ever, dusting off all the old jams, and even playing some old chestnuts from past albums that have never been played live before! 🌈🌈🌈 The last time we did this same run of towns, these shows sold out, so don’t wait, get em while they’re toasty!!!
Fruit Bats Nov 15, 2018
In New York to close out the Fruit Bats/ Vetiver duo tour at Union Pool tonight (sold out!), followed by The Complete Last Waltz on Saturday. See you out there!
Fruit Bats Nov 13, 2018
As you may or may not know, we have a new song out that is accompanied by a film about my curious recording process. You should watch!
Fruit Bats Nov 09, 2018
Tickets are now ON SALE for the full-band Pacific NW shows in January. Get them here: Nov 9 – Knoxville, TN – Open Chord * Nov 10 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle Back Room * Nov 11 – Richmond, VA – Richmond Music Hall * Nov 13 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On Stage * Nov 14 – Philadelphia, PA – The Locks at Sona Nov 15 – Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool * Jan 17 – Bellingham WA – Wild Buffalo Jan 18 – Seattle WA – The Tractor Tavern Jan 19 – Portland OR – Revolution Hall (Pickathon Presents An Evening With Fruit Bats) * duo tour with Vetiver photo by Annie Beedy
Fruit Bats Nov 08, 2018
Hey, sooo..... So much news to share!! Fruit Bats signed to Merge Records - it’s insane and amazing to be with a label I’ve been in love with since time began. 💍AND there will be a new record out in 2019 🍭 New single up at The A.V. Club with a short film directed by my genius pal Jonny Look and starring legends DeMorge Brown, Elisha Yaffe, and Josh Mease 👑 - a bit more news to announce later today. Keep yer eyeballs trained here! ✌🏻✌🏻✌🏻
Fruit Bats Nov 08, 2018
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Fruit Bats Nov 08, 2018
photo by Annie Beedy
Fruit Bats Nov 01, 2018
Fruit Bats (solo) & Vetiver (solo) east coast tour begins in just a few days! Get your tickets at Nov 7 – Decatur, GA – Eddie's Attic Nov 8 – Asheville, NC – The Mothlight Nov 9 – Knoxville, TN – Open Chord Nov 10 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle Back Room Nov 11 – Richmond, VA – Richmond Music Hall Nov 13 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On Stage Nov 14 – Philadelphia, PA – The Locks at Sona Nov 15 – Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool Poster – by Travis Robertson, Spacebomb – will be on sale at shows
Fruit Bats Oct 29, 2018
Hey people of the Southeast-ish / East-ish zones! Don’t forget this is happening with me and my dude Vetiver. We do this every now and again but not a lot – full duo set, compendium of all your favorite songs from both bands. And we hang out after and regale you with tales of our illustrious careers. C’mon out! ✌🏻✌🏻✌🏻 Tickets:
Fruit Bats Sep 26, 2018
Hey East Coasters. Don’t forget that in November me and my dude Vetiver are coming to sing songs (in this fashion) for you. Duo set - we play a bunch of songs from both bands’ catalogues, and then hang out with you afterwards and crack wise. This video is from a long time ago in a faraway land called California. Clip courtesy of Yours Truly. Nov 7 – Decatur, GA – Eddies Attic Nov 8 – Asheville, NC – Mothlight Nov 9 – Knoxville, TN – Open Chord Nov 10 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle Back Room Nov 11 – Richmond, VA – Capital Ale House Nov 13 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head Nov 14 – Philadelphia, PA – The Locks at Sona Nov 15 – Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool
Fruit Bats Sep 06, 2018
Lots more to tell you all, soon… but the most I can tell you right now is that I’m starting on a new Fruit Bats record today. Very much more very much soon 🍭
Fruit Bats Aug 21, 2018
Still processing the intense, beautiful and insane creative experience that the 37d03d festival in Berlin was. I didn't really know what to expect going in, and I'm still not fully sure what the hell just happened... but it was one of the most profound musical experiences of my life and I am changed for the better from it. 🙏🏻
Fruit Bats Aug 08, 2018
Got to live out a little dream at Newport Folk Festival a week and a half back. Still glowy. So many incredible folks, too many to list and/or picture. I love each of you so damn much. Set list Spotify playlist for your listening pleasure:
Fruit Bats Jul 24, 2018
Saturday at Newport Folk Festival! Eric D. Johnson's 'Beneath the Sacred Mountain' will be a Cosmic American Revue featuring the Spacebomb House Band, Phil Cook, Josh Kaufman, Matthew E. White, and tons of other special guests. 2:40pm on the Quad Stage. See you at the fort.
Fruit Bats Apr 13, 2018
Announcing Eric D. Johnson's "Beneath The Sacred Mountain: A Cosmic American Revue," live at Newport Folk Festival on July 28th – featuring The Spacebomb House Band, Phil Cook, Josh Kaufman, Matthew E. White, and more.
Fruit Bats Mar 05, 2018
Do you want my autograph? Is that a thing still? To celebrate the start of festival season, order one of our 'Live at Pickathon' albums in the month of March and I’ll send it to you signed:
Fruit Bats Mar 03, 2018
My sweet midwest. Duo shows with Vetiver – two dudes playing quiet songs to make you laugh n cry. And yeah, we’ll be selling this dope poster by the brilliant Nathaniel Russell 🏄🏼‍♀️
Fruit Bats Mar 01, 2018
Hey do you guys know that my bud Jeff Bundschu (Gundlach Bundschu Winery) and I started a festival called Huichica a while back? Used to basically be my birthday party and I was the booker, stage manager, and backline provider. Now look at this amazingness, just announced! So happy to have Folkyeah Presents with us for the past few years, too…. I’ll be hosting a Fruit Bats-y super jam there with all kinds of fun folks joining in. So yeah, anyway, see you there? June 8-9 in Sonoma - Tix on sale this Friday 3/2. 🏄🏼‍♀️