"We should record in here," said Eric Johnson, the man behind Fruit Bats, as he admired the resonance within the cellars of the Gundlach-Bundschu winery. His reaction was one of surprise, previously unaware of the aural power that the cellars permitted. There was excitement in the air and spirits were high. We sat around the table and drank good wine, talking about their amazing new album The Ruminant Band. Eric stepped out for a moment as the rest of the band topped off their glasses of red and white. Then, all of sudden, we heard music. Eric strolled in with his guitar and the band burst into a rocking rendition of "The Hobo Girl." The sound in the room was too good to stop there, so they sipped a bit more wine, then eased their way into "Flamingo." In this version, Eric's voice is so powerful it could give God goosebumps. In fact, it's so powerful that if you weren't aware of your love for Fruit Bats, you will be now. It was a beautiful evening filled with great wine and great music. What more could we ask for?
By Caleb Morairty
Directed & Edited by Nate Chan