Originally hailing from Chicago, the Fruit Bats feature an ever-changing lineup based around the folk-pop songwriting of bandleader Eric Johnson (not to be confused with the Eric Johnson from Archers of Loaf or the guitar virtuoso of the same name). Johnson began writing songs on his four-track in the mid-'90s before forming I Rowboat, a Velvet Underground-inspired indie rock band. From there, he slowly built a band, and after a well-received small-label debut, moved to Seattle and inked with Sub Pop, where they spent the decade. The moniker operated essentially as a solo endeavor for Johnson beginning with 2011's Tripper.
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