Formed in 1997 by singer/songwriter Eric D. Johnson, Fruit Bats came up with the early ‘00s indie folk rock boom. The four-track solo project that soon evolved into a full band, (with original members from Rowboat, another Johnson pastime) the group’s debut album Echolocation was released on Perishable Records in 2001. After touring with big bands of the time, including Modest Mouse and The Shins, Fruit Bats were picked up by Sub Pop, where they released four more records over the course of almost a decade.
After a personal tragedy forced Johnson to end the project, he hit the road with The Shins, Vetiver, and Califone. He then went on to produce a Breathe Owl Breathe record, scored films, and focused on the success of his growing Huichica Music Festival. But the deeper Johnson dug to find himself and start anew, the more he realized that his identity was within “this dumb fake punk rock name that I put on a four-track tape.” Johnson missed Fruit Bats.
Watch the music video for Fruit Bats' "Humbug Mountain Song":
To the delight of fans internationally, Fruit Bats reformed in 2015, touring with My Morning Jacket and recording their album Absolute Loser, which dropped last spring. The album gained a lot of buzz, with Consequence of Sound calling it the record which “brings the best of Fruit Bats’ diverse discography together.” Following its successful release, FB hit the pavement on a headlining tour, which brings us to now. This Saturday, November 5th, Fruit Bats are headlining The Fox Theatre. Front Range favorites The River Arkansas will open the evening, with Fruit Bats to follow. Tickets are only $15 in advance, and can be purchased here.
Fruit Bats are stoked to be back on the road, so you can expect Saturday's gig to be one of their best live performances yet. They’ll be playing tunes across their catalogue, and are sure to be raising the Fox’s folk rock roof.
Come check them out! We’ll see you there.
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