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Fruit Bats (The Shins side-project) + Puzzle Muteson + Steven Milne @ Tunnels, 15 Dec


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Tuesday 15th December 2009?The Tunnels, Carnegies Brae, Aberdeen, AB10 1BF. Phone (01224) 211121?

Doors 8pm

Tickets 8+bf in adv / 10 on door

Available from One-Up Records, Belmont Street, Aberdeen. Phone (01224) 642662 or http://www.ticketweb.co.uk




FRUIT BATS started in the mid 1990s 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. 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.

Tours and friendships with Modest Mouse, Iron and Wine and The Shins led Fruit Bats to sign with Sub Pop records in 2002. The first release on that label was Mouthfuls. The record went on to be a modest success, selling well and ending up on many of 2003s best-of lists. In 2005 Spelled in Bones was released before Johnson continued his career as a sideman, most notably with Vetiver and The Shins. Fruit Bats reassembled in late 2008. The new album, The Ruminant Band, was recorded with Graeme Gibson at Clava in Chicago.

The two best obscure genres the Fruit Bats have been linked to by the press are bootgazer and rustic pop.

Fruit Bats are Eric D. Johnson, Christopher Sherman, Ron Lewis, Graeme Gibson and Sam Wagster.

Eric and Ron are both also full-time members of The Shins.

Its the sound of a band coming into its own: psychedelia-tinged stomps rubbing shoulders with profoundly romantic tales spun of the warmest yarn. All set against an evocative backdrop of Michigan skylines, woozy piano and twinkling slide guitar, this is one made like they used to make em and its utterly gorgeous to boot. (Drowned in Sound)




PUZZLE MUTESON is from the Isle of Wight and plays acoustic folk that is fragile, dreamlike and ethereal. File under Yo La Tengo, Bonnie Prince Billy, Sparklehorse and Jose Gonzalez.


STEVEN MILNE is a singer / songwriter / busy man from Aberdeen. He also fronts local popsters The Little Kicks. Hell be doing some solo acoustic numbers at this show. Im amazed he has the time. Hes a busy man yknow.



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