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Influential folk rockers Fruit Bats to split

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Nov 11, 2013 | 3:18pm EST

Cult folk rockers the Fruit Bats have announced plans to split after a handful of final shows. The group, fronted by ex-The Shins star Eric D. Johnson, formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1997, and released five albums. The band's When U Love Somebody featured in Miguel Arteta's 2010 movie Youth in Revolt. Announcing the upcoming split, Johnson says, "Hey All. So, after 13 years, 5 albums, bunch of tours, and lots of laughs, Fruit Bats is calling it a day. There is no major or dramatic reason - I'm not gonna launch into one of those 'the changing face of the music landscape in the digital age,' things. Especially since I don't even understand any of that stuff. "It's been a long run and time for a change. I've been fortunate enough to start scoring movies and producing bands and I'm super excited to continue on with that. Plus I'll still write songs and make records and play shows, which will scratch any Fruit Bats itch that you've got." The band's final three shows will take place next week (beg18Nov13).

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