Ruminant Band

The Ruminant Band

by Fruit Bats
     
 

Eric Johnson has poked and prodded at the Fruit Bats for years, reinventing the band's lineup with every album and continually stretching the boundaries between pop, Americana, and sun-soaked folk. Released after a four-year hiatus, during which time Johnson worked as a sideman for Vetiver and …  See more details below

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Eric Johnson has poked and prodded at the Fruit Bats for years, reinventing the band's lineup with every album and continually stretching the boundaries between pop, Americana, and sun-soaked folk. Released after a four-year hiatus, during which time Johnson worked as a sideman for Vetiver and the Shins, The Ruminant Band features yet another cast of characters, few of whom have worked with the Fruit Bats before. Nonetheless, this is a thoroughly collaborative release, featuring production from the band's own drummer and contributions from the whole five-piece family. Johnson remains in the director's chair, but he looks to his bandmates to add depth to the material, from the title track's '70s-styled strut to the saloon-bound twang of "The Hobo Girl." "I'll always keep you warm, I'll always keep you nice, I'll never snow on your parade," he promises during "Tegucigalpa," and most of the album follows that pledge, eschewing any sort of inclement weather in favor of sunny country-rock and summery ambiance. Johnson's lyrics do explore darker territory, including the "aching dehydrated dawn" that arises during "My Unusual Friend" and the loveless trip to a Three Dog Night concert that's detailed in "Singing Joy to the World." The Ruminant Band is generally a happy affair, though, and cameo appearances by Califone's Tim Rutili and Jim Becker help chart the Fruit Bats' migration from bedroom side project to full-fledged band.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/04/2009
Label:
Sub Pop
UPC:
0098787083026
catalogNumber:
70830
Rank:
229257

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fruit Bats   Primary Artist
Tim Rutili   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Jim Becker   Fiddle,Guitar,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Graeme Gibson   Percussion,Drums,Noise
Gillian Lisee   Bass,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Eric Johnson   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Ron Lewis   Organ,Synthesizer,Guitar,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Libby Reed   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Christopher Sherman   Bass Guitar
Sam Wagster   Guitar,Piano,Pedal Steel Guitar,Vocals
Ron Lewis   Organ,Synthesizer,Guitar,Vocals,Wurlitzer

Technical Credits

Graeme Gibson   Producer
Eric Johnson   Lyricist

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