Fruit Bats and Vetiver buddy up at Bowery Ballroom

Subpop labelmates Fruits Bats and Vetiver graced the stage of the Bowery Ballroom for a good ol’ jam session.  Vetiver covered most of their latest release The Errant Charm, much like their set a few months back at Mercury Lounge.  Andy Cabic and crew strummed through the delightfully summery “Everyday” from their last album Tight Knit.  The greatest treat of the set was when Eric Johnson of Fruit Bats joined Vetiver on a cover of Bobby Charles’s “I Must Be In A Good Place Now”.   You knew it was a special night as Andy had previously told Yours Truly, “It’s always great to play this song live in places that you had a great day cause then it just ties them all together.”

The good vibes continued as Fruit Bats took the stage to a rousing welcome, as they open up with “Heart Like An Orange” for their latest Tripper.  Eric relinquished his guitar to croon “Darling you better leave ” as hand claps ensued.  After the experience, Eric quipped that it was the first song singing like Bono sans guitar and comparing his performance to a few David’s – Bowie, Byrne and Matthews.  Band played the first few chords of “Crash Into Me” for laughs.  Though most of the set was peppered with tracks from Tripper, old fans were delighted to hear “Lives Of Crime” as they sang along and bopped about.

The encore was full of love to openers Citay and “super tight bros” Vetiver.  Eric and company jingle jangled into “Primitive Man” from their previous album The Ruminant Band.  Then the dance floor erupted as the kick drum thudded to open “When U Love Someone”.  To top the night, Eric’s falsetto on “You’re Too Weird” left him striped of guitar and hat. It was a easy breezy night of west coast singer songwriter goodness.


Vetiver plugs into Mercury Lounge

Hitting the stage at New York’s Mercury Lounge close to 11 in the evening, Vetiver plugged in and touched down for a quick stateside gig before departing on their European leg.  Lead singer Andy Cabic admitted that they were playing a lot of new tunes for the first time to a nearly sold out crowd.  Their latest studio release The Errant Charm coincidentally (or not) came out last night.  This writer has been a fan since their early days in San Francisco when Andy would jam with one Devendra Banhart.  How the years have evolved Vetiver’s sound and it was evident in last night’s show.

Drenched in electric guitar cadences rather than the strums of an acoustic, Andy and gang ripped through the new album with some choice gems from year’s past.  One choice new tune, “Hard To Break” envelops warm folksy goodness with an evolving and rollicking sound.  Overall the new tracks infuse a warm Californian road trip with a nice stop by the beach.  Vet dug into their last album Tight Knit and hashed out “Sister” and the star single “Everyday”.

And for fans from yore, Andy gave “Luna Sea” a more upbeat take.  An extra special treat came in the form of a cover of The Go-Between’s “Streets of Your Town”, in which the female keyboardist lent lovely backing vocals.  If that wasn’t enough, Andy brought out the 2009 Record Store Day single “Wishing Well” for the encore.

Catch Vetiver at The Bell House in Brooklyn on July 10 as they return from their European tour.  Tickets still available here.  It will be quite the homecoming. And to send it off a nice track from their latest, “Can’t You Tell.”

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