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Found a Round Stone: Live in Portland

by Fruit Bats

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Erica Williams
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Erica Williams Next best thing to being at a live show! Sounds incredible! All my favorites old and new! Can’t wait to hear the Gold Past Life songs in person. Thanks for the tasty jams!
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jkephart Eric D. is one of the all time greats IMHO. Brilliant lyrics mix with moving melodies and edgy guitar solos to create a sound that is sincere and relatable.
-Jon Kephart, Seattle, WA Favorite track: From a Soon-to-Be Ghost Town (Live).
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bohslegend Just an incredibly melancholic beautiful song. That’s my current favourite but I think it changes every day.
Eric, thank you for the music.
Phil, Dublin, Ireland. Favorite track: Absolute Loser (Live).
Evan Woodward
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Evan Woodward I’ve been a yuge Fruit Bats fan for years. But have only been able to catch them live once when I drove up to Denver from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

This performance is outstanding. Great vocal harmonies and synths to pull off a studio quality performance. The mix is solid. The band goes through several classic tunes and outstanding new ones that ended up on Gold Past Life.

If you’re a Fruit Bats fan, do yourself a favor and pick up this record! Favorite track: Not Saying You Have to Stand Up (Live).
Michael Metivier
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Michael Metivier Dang, Banishment Song sounds great! So spectral and warm. Favorite track: Tony the Tripper (Live).
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marksdrew Please press this on vinyl!
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Dolly (Live) 02:57


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released June 5, 2020

Recorded January 19, 2019, at Revolution Hall, Portland, OR

Aly Carlisle-Steinberg – live mixing / engineering / recording
Nathan Vanderpool – additional post-production engineering and mastering

Eric D. Johnson – vocals, guitar, banjo
Josh Mease – guitar
David Dawda – bass
Josh Adams – drums
Frank LoCrasto – pianos, organs, synths
Sarah Versprille – vocals, Mellotron
Daniel Hindman – guitar

Cover art by Daniel Murphy, based on photograph by Ashley Travis


From Eric D. Johnson:

This recording is cut down from a much larger show, a rare “evening with Fruit Bats”—no opener, two sets—that ran a little over two hours. Which was really long for me. How does Phish pull it off every night?

Revolution Hall is one of my favorite venues. It’s a nice theater with comfy seats, which is plush but also leads to people sitting down. I mean, a seated audience is kinda classy in a lot of ways, but I’m always looking for that extra rush of energy as the songs ramp up. At one point, you can hear me (gently) implore folks to stand up (!!). But as it was a long evening—and it being Portland, the beer selection was dank and flowing—naturally the audience got rowdier (and on their feet) as the night progressed, which you can clearly hear in the later points of this recording.

This was the last night of a short tour of the Pacific Northwest in January 2019, so in it you hear some of the earliest live versions of songs off of Gold Past Life which didn’t come out until a few months later. It also includes the only live version of “The Banishment Song” ever, plus a couple of rarely played cuts off of Spelled in Bones.

The band lineup was really special here, an expanded 7-piece lineup that included my stellar frequent co-conspirators Josh Mease (guitar), David Dawda (bass), Josh Adams (drums), and Frank LoCrasto (keys), plus extra special sauce provided by the members of the great Pure Bathing Culture: Sarah Versprille, taking the harmony vocals to a heavenly level (and playing Mellotron), and Daniel Hindman, giving the whole show a delicious gauzy Fender Strat flavor. I’m really happy that our excellent front-of-house engineer Aly Carlisle-Steinberg thought to hit record that evening.


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