We at Sub Pop love the bands we work with. This is almost certainly unsurprising. It is perhaps less obvious that sometimes these bands like, love, or maybe just agree to tour with one another. In September of this year Vetiver and the Fruit Bats are declaring to the world (or many parts of North America) what may very well be a profound affection for one another by touring together! Both bands have fantastic new records: Vetiver’s The Errant Charm was released on June 14th of this year and the Fruit Bats’ Tripper will be out on August 2nd.
Should you find yourself in the almost inconceivable position of wondering whether the Fruit Bats’ Tripper is for you, please watch the following audio-visual advertising device and wonder no more. We’ve taken to calling these things “teasers” for some thoroughly unacceptable reason…
See below for a full list of dates.
Vetiver and the Fruit Bats Totally on Tour Together
Sep 6 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
Sep 7 The Mill, Iowa City, IA
Sep 8 Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL
Sep 9 Southgate House, Newport, KY
Sep 10 Mr. Smalls Theater, Pittsburg, PA
Sep 11 Tiger Mountain & Truck Festival, Big Indian, NY
Sep 12 Middle East, Cambridge, MA
Sep 13 Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
Sep 14 First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA
Sep 15 Black Cat, Washington DC
Sep 17 Motorco, Durham, NC
Sep 19 Off Broadway, St. Louis, MO
Sep 20 Jackpot, Lawrence, KS
Sep 22 Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO
Sep 24 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT
Plus, also there are…
Fruit Bats Dates:
Jul 29 A Club, Spokane, WA
Jul 30 BellTower, Pullman, WA
Aug 02 Easy Street (Queen Anne), Seattle, WA (FREE IN-STORE PERFORMANCE)
Aug 05 Pickathon Festival, Happy Valley, OR
Aug 06 Pickathon Festival, Happy Valley, OR
Aug 14 Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR
Aug 22 Marymoor Park, Redmond, WA
Aug 23 Malkin Bowl, Vancouver, Canada
Aug 24 Malkin Bowl, Vancouver, Canada
Sep 03 Gorge Ampitheatre, Gorge, WA
July 10 Bell House, Brooklyn, NY
August 6 Pickathon Festival, Happy Valley, OR
August 7 Pickathon Festival, Happy Valley, OR
August 10 Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA
August 11 Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, Davis, CA
August 12 Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, CA
August 13 Outsidelands Festival, San Francisco, CA
September 3 Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle, WA
Do you like summer? What about summer jams? What are your feelings on the unhurried, meandering nature of a coastal highway? If you have a positive emotional response to any of these questions, we at Sub Pop Records have got an album we would like to sell to you! It’s called The Errant Charm, and it comes to us from San Francisco’s Vetiver. Recorded and produced by Thom Monahan and bandleader Andy Cabic, The Errant Charm features some of Vetiver’s most unabashed pop songs to date, with songs like the hazy, layered and sunlight-dappled “Hard to Break,” and the driving, propulsive “Wonder Why.” This new and remarkable Vetiver album comes out on June 14th, very close indeed to the official arrival of summer, which, on the chance that you did not discern as much from the introductory ramblings above, this record will go great with. If you’re one of the first 350 people to pre-order The Errant Charm by June 14th on CD or LP (with digital download code), you’ll receive, for free, a limited-edition art/photo scrapbook featuring artwork and photography related to the record by Nathanial Russell and Alissa Anderson, respectively. We’ll also give you some free Vetiver and/or Sub Pop stickers and immediate access to an audio stream of The Errant Charm so you don’t have to wait until you receive your order to hear the album. All of this, for you, from us.
Pre-order The Errant Charm here.
The new Vetiver album, The Errant Charm, is a superb soundtrack for an afternoon idyll. This album was made for walking. Vetiver bandleader Andy Cabic spent hours wandering the streets around San Francisco’s Richmond District, listening to rough mixes, tinkering with lyrics and arrangements. You can hear his strides in the tempo of “Hard To Break,” which captures the brisk gait one might adopt while passing through a public green space: not hurried, just excited to be heading somewhere.
The album opens with “It’s Beyond Me,” a slow boil of acoustic guitar and vintage keyboards over a roomy beat. Here you’ll encounter almost every sonic idea showcased on The Errant Charm, the album’s universe distilled into one vibrant, six-and-a-half minute song. It builds to a robust character you’ve not heard from Vetiver before, but may have anticipated if you’ve followed them over the last four albums, from their eponymous 2004 debut through 2009’s Tight Knit. The Errant Charm: “errant” as in wayward, elusive. Wandering but not lost. Within that wandering, all manner of small treasures are uncovered. New ones surface with each listen. Go ahead, start the album over again and hear for yourself as you double back towards home.
Sub Pop (Outside Stage)
8:50 Shabazz Palaces
11:20 Dum Dum Girls
12:10 J Mascis
1:00 The Head and the Heart
Hardly Art (Inside Stage)
8:15 Colleen Green
9:15 The Moondoggies
10:15 Hunx & His Punx
11:15 Unnatural Helpers
12:15 Fergus & Geronimo
1:15 La Sera
Check back often for updates on other shows our bands will be playing throughout the festival.
The Sasquatch! Music Festival is this weekend at the Gorge in eastern Washington and Vetiver, The Fruit Bats, Avi Buffalo, and No Age are playing! A couple years ago one of our publicists streaked the main stage while the Shins were playing, and I’m hoping that the publicity department brings the tradition back this year. Keep a watchful eye on the stage while any of these four bands play and maybe (hopefully!) Kate or Bekah will give you an eyeful. In the meantime, please enjoy this Sasquatch themed sampler, courtesy of your good pals here at Sub Pop.