The Chicago-based indie-folk project fronted by Eric D. Johnson (who played guitar with Califone and The Shins) has announced via Paste that they are calling it a day. The announcement is pretty understated and humble, just saying that the Fruit Bats are no more. Johnson will continue to write and release music. Sad to see them go. So long, Fruit Bats.
Here’s the statement:
Hey All. So, after 13 years, 5 albums, bunch of tours, and lots of laughs, Fruit Bats is calling it a day. There is no major or dramatic reason – I’m not gonna launch into one of those “the changing face of the music landscape in the digital age,” things. Especially since I don’t even understand any of that stuff. It’s been a long run and time for a change. I’ve been fortunate enough to start scoring movies and producing bands and I’m super excited to continue on with that. Plus I’ll still write songs and make records and play shows, which will scratch any Fruit Bats itch that you’ve got. I mean, Fruit Bats has always ostensibly been a “solo” project, so this is just the start of chapter two, really… But anyway, new music from me still! More on that soon, so please don’t lose touch. This means that these shows next week will be our last (though I think we might plan some kinda epic last gig in Chicago one of these days, but that is to be determined)… So come on out and blow us a kiss goodbye. I know artists always say this but, seriously, thanks for listening, it has been amazing sharing this stuff with you. More to come (from a different angle) soon.
While the band is coming to an end, you can catch them doing a handful of farewell shows in the Pacific Northwest. Dates below (along with a few favorite Fruit Bats videos).
The Final Fruit Bats Shows:
11/14 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune
11/15 – Victoria, BC @ Upstairs Cabaret
11/16 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theatre
“You’re Too Weird”
Covering Hall & Oates’ “One on One”: