Today, My Morning Jacket announced the release of their seventh full-length album, The Waterfall, out today via ATO Records/Capitol Records. To mark the release of the album, My Morning Jacket will be embarking on a worldwide tour beginning later this month which will include a stop at the Santa Barbara Bowl on Sunday, October 11 at 6:30 PM. They will be joined by special guest Fruit Bats.
The Waterfall is available for purchase here.
Fruit Bats started in the mid 1990’s as the four-track project of Eric D. Johnson. The name “Fruit Bats” was actually one of many cryptic monikers scrawled on the cassettes. Somehow that one stuck. Some of the other band names included “Holiday Inn,” and “Senseless Tripe.” For a number of years there were many warbling, feedback laden tapes, but no shows and no band.
In early 2000, Johnson joined the cast of characters that made up Califone and the whole Perishable Records family. It was this kinship with a bunch of like minded folks that coaxed the Fruit Bats from out of the bedroom and turned the shy lo-fi project into a real band.
Fruit Bats would sign with Sub Pop records in 2002 and release 4 successful records with the venerable Seattle imprint. They then toured the world, played on the TV and had a generally great time. Besides the aforementioned “zoology rock,” the two best obscure genres the Fruit Bats have been linked to by the press are “bootgazer,” and “rustic pop.” So there you go.
Don’t miss your chance to see My Morning Jacket with special guest Fruit Bats at the Santa Barbara Bowl on Sunday, October 11. Tickets range from $41.00 to $56.00, plus applicable service charges.