Chicago residents Fruit Bats play The Roadhouse in Manchester tonight as part of a short European tour (possibly their first visit to Manchester?). Formed around main man Eric D Johnson, Fruit Bats have been an on/off affair since the early noughties. This year they released their fourth - and possibly best - album "The Ruminant Band" on Sub Pop.
Like their earlier records, the Fruit Bats sound on this album sits at the softer end of Sub Pop's roster alongside The Shins, The Postal Service and Iron & Wine. Drowned in Sound summed up their easy-going folksy indie-rock on "The Ruminant Band" thus: "It’s the sound of a band coming into its own: psychedelia-tinged stomps rubbing shoulders with profoundly romantic tales spun of the warmest yarn. All set against an evocative backdrop of Michigan skylines, woozy piano and twinkling slide guitar, this is one made like they used to make ‘em – and it’s utterly gorgeous to boot."
Eric talks about Fruit Bats and his stint as a touring member of The Shins with Hey Manchester (who are promoting) here. Support tonight from Piney Gir and Puzzle Muteson. A heartily recommended evening - especially to avoid the Xmas party season hell elsewhere on offer.
Advance tickets here or pay more on the door.
BEAUTIFUL MORNING LIGHT
The Ruminant Band [BUY]