Sometimes a story can take a long time to tell. Eric D. Johnson, who has recorded and performed as the Fruit Bats for a decade now, had a story like that, a chance encounter that had rattled around his head for years. Heâ€™s tried to write it as a short story, a play, a movieâ€¦yet until now couldnâ€™t get it down just right. Finally he decided to make a song out of it, and the result is â€œTony the Tripper.â€ Itâ€™s the song at the heart of his fifth album, Tripper, setting the tone for a bittersweet meditation on hitting the road, leaving the familiar behind and reinventing yourself.
Fruit Bats will release Tripper on August 2. Click here for more information and to download “WACS,” a free bonus track featuring J. Mascis.