I didn't realize how amazing the Fruit Bats were until 2008 - when I heard their record "Mouthfuls" at a bar and immediately rushed to ask the bartender who was playing. After digging into their catalog I kicked myself for not having listened to them earlier, but sometimes discovering a band after they've already released a sizable amount of work can be pretty wonderful... particularly when life has served you an epic rough patch, as it had that year. I dove headfirst into everything I could find and have been listening ever since. There's a golden quality to Eric Johnson's songs, a feeling of hope around the bend.
I don't often go asking for more work on purpose, but this time when I saw these anniversary shows were in the works I reached out to the band to ask if I could design another poster for them. I had done one for their European Tour a couple of years ago - the design was nod to the gorgeous song "Wild Honey" off of their latest release "Tripper". But after a recent creative shift back to my illustration roots, I wanted another stab at designing for them. Even better, for the anniversary of one of my favorite records.
I had no idea that it would be their last. The news of the band's retirement was released the day I picked these posters up from the printer. I know there's plenty more coming from E.J., but I'm so thankful for this bit of wind and some rainbow signs.
Hand-illustrated / 18x24 / 4 Colors
Signed & numbered on archival stock