Being the newest full-time member of the Shins is enough to keep anyone’s hands full, but Eric D. Johnson has no intention of pausing the Fruit Bats project, his Sub Pop band that will release its fourth full-length this summer. The collection’s title track “The Ruminant Band” strums along with Bats’ familiar major chords and AM golden lope, settling into a section of the ’70s that matches Fleetwood Mac vocal harmonies with Dickey Betts-styled guitar lines straight from an Allman Bros jam (before the mushrooms kick in). It’s a far cry from the new wave and chunky rhythms Mercer has him dabbling in, more on the Blitzen Trapper side of the present Sub Pop spectrum.
Fruit Bats – “The Ruminant Band” (MP3)
Another from the LP:
The Ruminant Band is out 8/4 via Sub Pop.
[Photo by Annie Beedy]