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Fruit Bats –  The Pet Parade [Red/Black Swirl Vinyl] – New LP
Fruit Bats –  The Pet Parade [Red/Black Swirl Vinyl] – New LP
Fruit Bats –  The Pet Parade [Red/Black Swirl Vinyl] – New LP
Fruit Bats –  The Pet Parade [Red/Black Swirl Vinyl] – New LP
Merge Records

Fruit Bats – The Pet Parade [Red/Black Swirl Vinyl] – New LP

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New album by Fruit Bats, sounds influenced by Dylan, the members of the Fab Four solo, Windy City indie artists of the 1990s, and many of those post-Beatles bands and artists of the 1970s who stripped it down and dressed it up, stripped it down to the songs, dressed it up with some production layers. -- winch


The Pet Parade marks a milestone for Johnson, who celebrates 20 years of Fruit Bats in 2021. 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. 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. As an example, producer Josh Kaufman (The Hold Steady, Bob Weir, The National, and Bonny Light Horseman, in which he plays with Johnson and Anaïs Mitchell) was brought in for his deep emotional touch and bandleading abilities. However, Johnson, Kaufman, and the other musicians on The Pet Parade—drummers Joe Russo and Matt Barrick (The Walkmen, Fleet Foxes, Muzz), singer-songwriter Johanna Samuels, pianist Thomas Bartlett (Nico Muhly, Sufjan Stevens), and fiddler Jim Becker (Califone, Iron & Wine)—were forced to self-record their parts in bedrooms and home studios across America.

Produced by Josh Kaufman

Engineered by Josh Kaufman and Eric D. Johnson
with additional engineering by Matt Barrick, Joe Russo, and Brian Kantor

Mixed and mastered by D. James Goodwin

All songs written by Eric D. Johnson (Furry Good Horns/BMI)
except “Discovering” by Eric D. Johnson and Josh Kaufman (Clarabelle Songs/ASCAP)

Front cover photo by Linda Beedy
Back cover photo by Annie Beedy
Layout and art direction by Daniel Murphy

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