Fruit Bats have announced their ninth album, The Pet Parade, which will be out March 5 via Merge Records. Eric D Johnson enlisted his Bonny Light Horseman bandmate Josh Kaufman to produce, and he says the album celebrates "the beauty and absurdity of existence."
"While many of the songs on The Pet Parade were actually written before the pandemic, it's impossible to disassociate the record from the times," Eric says. Like many albums made in 2020, much of The Pet Parade was recorded remotely with musicians scattered across the country. "The songs have enough intimacy that it doesn't sound like it was made a million miles away."