Fruit Bats

The Pet Parade

£21.99
  • Fruit Bats - The Pet Parade
5th March 2021 / LP or CD / Merge Records
     

Fruit Bats

The Pet Parade

£21.99
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In some ways still a cult band, in other ways a time-tested act, Fruit Bats has consistently earned enough small victories to carve out a career in a notoriously fickle scene.

This release is available for pre order and has a scheduled release date of 5th March 2021. In the event of any delays we will try to keep this page updated. It is listed at a special discounted pre order price that will revert to full price during the week of release. Please note, If you make a purchase that includes a pre-order item together with an in-stock item in the same order, we will typically hold your box until all items are in stock before we ship. You can read more about our shipping policies here.

'The Pet Parade,' the title track to Fruit Bats’ newest album, might be a surprising opening track for longtime fans of Eric D. Johnson’s beloved indie folk-rock project. The six-and-a-half-minute tone poem smoulders and drones over just two chords, inspired by the strange and silly community events that he saw growing up outside of Chicago, in La Grange, Illinois, in which people dressed up and showed off their pets. Decades later, The Pet Parade emerges in troubled times, living within what Johnson refers to as the beauty and absurdity of existence.

+ Indie LP is Red & Black Swirl on Clear Vinyl

While many of the songs on The Pet Parade were actually written before the pandemic, it’s impossible to disassociate the record from the times. Such tension and turmoil also impacted the lyrics of The Pet Parade. While 'Cub Pilot' and 'Here For Now, For You' began as more traditional love songs from a personal “I” to a specific “you” Johnson quickly realised that these songs needed to comfort broader audiences, changing the words to a more inclusive “we” and “us.” So too in 'The Balcony' a song ostensibly about a particular space in his grandmother’s apartment, but one that evolved into a metaphor on patience.

At times upbeat and reassuring and at times quietly contemplative, The Pet Parade marks a milestone for Johnson, who celebrates 20 years of Fruit Bats in 2021.

Format /LP or CD
Released /5th March 2021
Catalogue / MRG750LPC1
Barcode / 0673855075006
Artist / Fruit Bats
Label /Merge Records
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