Portland-based roots-rockers Fruition have just announced the release of Wild As The Night, a 7-song collection of new music showcasing their honest song-crafting skills and individual musical talents in a blend that could only be forged from years of playing together. Available everywhere November 8th, Fruition’s Wild As The Night conveys the emotions of our darkest, and sometimes weakest, moments.
The eclectic, after-hours vibe of Wild As The Night comes naturally to the band, composed of Jay Cobb Anderson (electric guitar, vocals), Kellen Asebroek (piano, acoustic guitar, vocals), Jeff Leonard (bass), Mimi Naja (mandolin, electric guitar, vocals) and Tyler Thompson (drums).
The album’s first single, “Wild As The Night,” provides perhaps the album’s most beautiful moment, with vocals from Naja evoking the midnight grief of letting a relationship go. It is available now to purchase or stream and its accompanying music video can be viewed above or by clicking here.
Wild As The Night opens with the rollicking and pulsating “Forget About You,” setting the tone of the record as a whole; commiserating in sorrows and lifting spirits. “Sweet Hereafter” follows the album’s self-titled first single with an entrancing drum and piano loop that could be equally at home on a James Blake record. The organic beat gives way to thick repeating harmonies, leaving the listener wanting more after a subtle fade to silence. The album picks back up, tempo-wise, with a quick rock and roll study in city living with “Raining In The City” before it dives back into more classic Fruition territory with a campfire celebration of the Oregon Coast in “Manzanita Moonlight.” “Don’t Give Up On Me”’s seductive groove dips back into the commiseration with the final verse lamenting, “All the world is just empty without somebody to love.”
“For me, I've just always hoped that people relate to the music, whether it's a certain chord movement that lifts their spirit or comforts their sorrow, or a lyric that speaks to them like it was written for them,” Asebroek says. “This music comes from places of vulnerability and I hope people can take their guard down a little while resonating with it.”
Recorded at Silo Sound Studio in Denver, Wild As The Night captures the band’s mindset in the midst of relentless touring. “We were exhausted, but musically firing on all cylinders,” says Thompson, who shares production credit with the band on the new project. “It’s extremely diverse Americana, with a focus on great songwriting and harmonies. We weren’t going for a particular sound, just something that’s honest to our live sound along with a few tricks we learned from our last producer, Tucker Martine.”
With a renewed focus on harnessing the energy of the live experience, Wild As The Night allows listeners to get a glimpse of these longtime friends doing what they do best on stage, whether they’re opening for the Wood Brothers, Greensky Bluegrass, and Jack Johnson, or playing at festivals like Telluride Bluegrass, Bonnaroo, and DelFest.
“Something that has always tied our variable styles together is the honesty in the songwriting, the attention paid toward what is genuinely and deeply catchy, not superficially so,” Asebroek says. “Vocal harmonies have also always been a unifying tool for our band. The Fruition sound has always been about being more than the sum of our parts.”
The band will announce an extensive 2020 winter tour with the release of Wild As The Night on November 8th.
For more information, please visit www.fruitionband.com.
Catch Fruition On Tour:
Oct. 31 - Petaluma, CA - Mystic Theatre
Nov. 1 - Morro Bay, CA - The Siren
Nov. 2 - Santa Cruz, CA - Moe’s Alley
Nov. 3 - Hermosa Beach, CA - Saint Rocke
Nov. 5 - San Diego, CA - Winstons Beach Club
Nov. 8 - New Orleans, LA - Boudin, Bourbon & Beer
Nov. 9 - Jackson, MS - Gumbo Festival
Nov. 12 - Fayetteville, AR - George’s Majestic Lounge
Nov. 13 - Tulsa, OK - The Shrine
Nov. 14 - Dallas, TX - Deep Ellum Art Company
Nov. 15 - Burnet, TX - UTOPiAfest
Nov. 16 - Houston, TX - Last Concert Cafe
Dec. 27 - Eugene, OR - Sessions Music Hall
Dec. 28 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
Dec. 29 - Bend, OR - The Domino Room
Dec. 31 - Portland, OR - Revolution Hall
Jan. 17 - Denver, CO - Mission Ballroom
Mar. 26-28 - Olympic Valley, CA - WinterWonderGrass at Squaw Valley Resort