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.