The Fruit Bats release The Ruminant Band

PrintLike the day rising out of a foggyass morning, the opener on The Ruminant Band – “Primitive Man,” parades rich acoustic strums which alter the air with the feeling of shipping off, or an epiphany. Harmonies, thoughtful movements, and inspired songs convene on The Fruit Bats’ new album, delivering one of the year’s best. More importantly, this album is more than a thought in the passing music season. The title track comes with clarity and joy, before passing on to “Tegucigalpa,” with its changes, jam, and a build that serves as one of the record’s highpoints. I can’t help but think a little of Al Stewart while listening to “Singing Joy To The World,” an acoustic serenade and personal favorite coming with the tone of unrequited and “fine with just pretend.” Otherwise, “The Blessed Breeze” shows off some near southern rock interludes, in addition to other jams and moments that bring to mind The Grateful Dead (who always came complete with both song and playing).  Oh yeah, “Feather Bed” has some classic Elton in there somewhere, but you’re better off finding out yourself.  Finally, you can stay home and listen to one of those mediocre / overly hyped albums, of which you really only sorta like two or three songs, or you go for the superiour listening experience of The Ruminant Band.

audio:
The Ruminant Band
My Unusual Friend

Fruit Bats on tour:
Aug 18 Lucky Bar, Vancouver, Canada
Aug 19 Media Club, Vancouver, Canada
Aug 20 Crocodile Cafe, Seattle, WA
Aug 21 Mural AMphitheater, Seattle, WA
Aug 22 Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR
Aug 24 Gunlach-Bundshu Winery, Sonoma, CA
Aug 25 Independent, San Francisco, CA
Aug 26 Spaceland, Los Angeles, CA
Aug 27 Plush, Tucson, AZ
Aug 28 Corazon, Sante Fe, NM
Aug 29 Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO
Aug 31 Opalis Productions, Norman, OK
Aug 31 Guestroom Records – OKC, OKC, OK
Sep 01 Good Records, Dallas, TX
Sep 01 The Loft (TX), Dallas, TX
Sep 02 Mohawk, Austin, TX
Sep 03 Walter’s on Washington, Houston, TX
Sep 04 Spanish Moon, Baton Rouge, LA
Sep 05 Red Star Bar @ The Lyric, Oxford, MS
Sep 06 The Earl, Atlanta, GA
Sep 07 Grimeys, Nashville, TN
Sep 08 Exit/In, Nashville, TN
Sep 09 Square Room, Knoxville, TN
Sep 10 Local 506, Chapel Hill, NC
Sep 11 Black Cat, Washington, DC
Sep 12 Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA
Sep 14 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Sep 15 T.T.The Bears, Cambridge, MA
Sep 16 Big Orbit’s Soundlab, Buffalo, NY
Sep 17 Southgate House, Newport, KY
Sep 18 Zanzabar, Louisville, KY
Sep 19 Orpheum Stage Door, Madison, WI
Sep 20 Schubas, Chicago, IL
Sep 20 Reckless Records (Wicker Park), Chicago, IL
Sep 21 Schubas, Chicago, IL

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