Fruit Bats & Vetiver @ Bowery Ballroom, 9/13/11
With songs as danceable as “Dolly,” as endearing as “When U Love Somebody,” and as wonderfully retro as “You’re Too Weird,” it must be pretty difficult for Fruit Bats to put on a bad show. Teaming up with Sub Pop label mates Vetiver, the bands played to an enthusiastic and ready-to-dance crowd this past Tuesday evening at Bowery Ballroom.
After fun, rock and roll band Citay warmed the audience up a bit, Vetiver took the stage. Vetiver, whom I would say is the musical equivalent of dancing barefoot through a flowery meadow on a sunny day, sounded fantastic. Their music, which when recorded has such a simplistic, yet highly inventive quality, translated perfectly to the stage. They sounded crisp, clear, and beautiful.
Led by singer/songwriter Eric Johnson, Fruit Bats sounded fantastic as well. Their energy, tightness as a band, and sense of humor made the show an incredibly fun time for all. Before performing “Dolly,” Johnson put down his guitar, informing the audience, “This is the first time I’ve done this – perform without my guitar… I’ll be like Bono.” But unlike Bono (and more like Mick Jagger) Johnson let loose some funky, flailing moves, clearly having himself a good ‘ol time. The rest of us sure had a good time too.