Chicago-based folk/rock band Fruit Bats have announced the release of their fifth album, Tripper. Since their formation in 1997, Fruit Bats has been busy making music and joining bands like Modest Mouse and The Shins on tour. Over the last few years, we’ve caught the band live in Austin, playing packed shows around Mohawk and La Zona Rosa.
To keep us in check ‘til the release of Tripper, Aug. 2, Fruit Bats have given us a free download of the non-album track, “WACS.” In other Fruit Bats news, frontman Eric D. Johnson, along with winery owner Jeff Bundschu, co-curated the lineup for the second annual Huichica Music Festival, which takes place in Sonoma, California on June 4. The Fruit Bats will be joined in the festival by the likes of Richard Swift, Breathe Owl Breathe and more.