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Fruit Bats sign to Merge, share new song & mockumentary

Fruit Bats
photo by Annie Beedy

Eric D Johnson briefly abandoned the Fruit Bats moniker and released an album as EDJ in 2014, but then he returned to Fruit Bats with 2016’s Absolute Loser and now he’s back with more Fruit Bats music and the news that he signed to Merge Records. He shared a new song, “Getting In A Van Again,” which is a rustic dose of Americana, and, as Eric told AV Club, “an anxiety song about literally the thing I’m doing right now, which is dealing with tour logistics.”

The song comes out along with a 15-minute mockumentary of the same name, which was directed by Jonny Look (who’s done music videos for Grizzly Bear and Cass McCombs), and stars Eric himself alongside Fruit Bats guitarist Josh Mease, and actors DeMorge Brown and Elisha Yaffe. “[Jonny Look] has this really specific style that’s very funny, but very serious at the same time,” Eric told AV Club. “And also an obsession with process—the strange, otherworldly process of how to make things happen is the best way I can describe it.” Check out the new song and the mockumentary below.

Eric is currently on tour with Vetiver lead Andy Cabic (both are playing solo sets). That tour hits Asheville, NC tonight (11/8) and ends in Brooklyn on November 15 at Union Pool (sold out). All dates are listed below.

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Vetiver (solo) / Fruit Bats (solo) — 2018 Tour Dates
Nov 8 – Asheville, NC – The Mothlight
Nov 9 – Knoxville, TN – Open Chord
Nov 10 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle Back Room
Nov 11 – Richmond, VA – Richmond Music Hall
Nov 13 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On Stage
Nov 14 – Philadelphia, PA – The Locks at Sona
Nov 15 – Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool

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