Fruit Bats, Jonah Hill visit Brooklyn

15 09 2009

By Jill Menze (@jillmenze)

Sub Pop’s Fruit Bats said the band’s show last night as Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg was the first “proper” gig the group has played in the borough, so it was a little disappointing to see the 550-capacity venue so vacant. In some ways it was nice to have freedom to roam and get close to the stage without interference, but it’s a shame more people didn’t make it out (yeah yeah, Fashion Week, Marc Jacobs, blah blah). Jonah Hill (you know, the big dude who got bled on and hates pubes), however, apparently counts himself among the band’s fans, as he was spotted busying about in the back near the soundboard.

For those fortunate enough to make it to Brooklyn, they were in for a treat. Mainstay Eric Johnson along with the current roster of Ron Lewis, Christopher Sherman, Graeme Gibson and Sam Wagster have a wonderfully engaging live show, translating the oft-mellow vibes of their recordings into a tight, lively performance. The folk-leanings of songs like “Primitive Man” and “Buffalo and Deer” were especially pronounced, thanks to the presence of slide guitar, and new songs off of Fruit Bats’ August-released “The Ruminant Band” like the Three Dog Night-referencing “Singing Joy to the World” paired nicely against old favorites like “Canyon Girl” and “Mouthfuls'” “Rainbow Sign,” on which Johnson closed out the encore alone on acoustic guitar.

After braving the real world relatively concert-free for the past week-plus, this was a very enjoyable return to live music. Ask me that in a few weeks after pre-CMJ and CMJ madness starts to set in, and me and my sore feet will be singing a different tune.

And here’s yet another shitty picture from my camera phone (hint hint, UWIRE HQ, I could use a decent camera 🙂 ). It ain’t much, but it’ll have to do.

Fruit Bats and Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg

Fruit Bats at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg

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