405 Focus: Fruit Bats
Just before Christmas we caught up with Eric D. Johnson (aka Fruit Bats) in cold, concrete London - which is a stark contrast to the sort of music he makes.
We got the chance to talk to him about the origin of the band, old pop music, Echolocation, concept album, road life, sappy songwriting, hobos, the west coast, scoring soundtracks and Hawaiian music. That was done in the warmth of a venue. We then dragged him outside to perform 'You're Too Weird'. Sorry about that Eric.
If you fancy listening to the interview/session without the visuals, you can do so here:
The interview/session was recorded/edited by George and Louise Nindi.
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