Artist of The Day: Fruit Bats

posted by Shane German on 06/27/2019

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Thursday, June 27th: FRUIT BATS

Formed in the late 1990s, Chicago-based indie folk-rock act Fruit Bats grew from the four-track recording project of songwriter Eric D. Johnson into a touring band with an ever-shifting lineup.

The project exists in a steady but mercurial state, with Johnson’s warm vocals and melodic sensibility as the only constant, throughout the 2000s and 2010s as Johnson divided his time between scoring movies, playing with other bands, and working on Fruit Bats albums. Their debut, “Echolocation,” arrived in 2001, leading to a string of albums including 2005's “Spelled in Bones” and 2011's “Tripper,” the latter of which reached the Top 15 of Billboard's Heatseekers chart. A solo release under the initials EDJ appeared in 2014 before Johnson returned to Fruit Bats in 2016 with “Absolute Loser.”

Over 20 years after their formation, Fruit Bats released their 8th album, “Gold Past Life,” earlier this month and it was recently added to WYCE’s library.

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