October 1 @ 8:00 pm$25.00
On the heels of two big weekends at Northwest String Summit, and Sawtooth Valley Gathering, Fruition is pleased to announce their return to Colorado this fall. The band will be joined by Mama Magnolia at the Belly Up Aspen on September 29th, and by Heavy Diamond Ring (featuring former members of Paper BIrd) at the Boulder Theater on September 30th. The weekend will wrap up with an evening with Fruition at the Lariat in Buena Vista on October 1st.
The band followed up their pre-pandemic album “Wild As the Night, Broken At The Break Of Day” with a digital only live album release “Live – Vol. 1” (recorded in 2019 at the Visual Arts Collective in Boise, ID) and is currently writing new material for an upcoming release.
July has been incredibly busy, with the band ending the month playing two festivals that have been staples of their career thus far. Last weekend marked the final Northwest String Summit, a home town festival that saw the band grow from guerilla campground sets, to late nights and then multiple mainstage slots over the last 13 years. The weekend was filled with regular side projects and collaborative one time only sets with friends. The highlight had to be the heartfelt Mainstage set on Thursday night. A tender yet electric display of the bands material, the 90 minute set stretched from some of the oldest to newest songs in their catalog, with epic sing alongs and a set closing cover of Crosby, Stills and Nashʻs “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”.
This past weekend was spent at the Sawtooth Valley Gathering, a festival in Stanley Idaho which featured two headlining Fruition sets and even more side projects and sit ins with old and new friends. The Friday night set included their 2014 album “Just One Of Them Nights” played in itʻs entirety on itʻs 9th anniversary. Saturday included most of “Wild As The Night, Broken At The Break Of Day”, several song debuts, plus sit ins from Anna Moss of Handmade Moments, Lebo of ALO, Anthony DaCosta of Lindsay Lou, Sean Mclean, Sean Badders, Megan Martinez, Liz Chibucos, Tyrone Hendrix, Lisa Sanders and Brown Sugar, Jimmy Russell and Sydney Nash (of TK & The Holy Know-Nothings). Nash also filled in on bass for Fruition in June when bassist Jeff Leonard was out on Paternity leave.
Speaking of fill ins, July started with a 4 show Northeast run which wrapped up with Fruition playing a raging set at Levitate. After that set bassist Jeff Leonard was called on to fill in for the festival closing Jack Johnson set and 4 more shows with Johnson in July. Drummer Tyler Thompson was brought in to fill in for the final 3 Jack shows, while Johnsonʻs band members recovered from Covid.
Next up for the band this month is a hometown headline show at Topaz Farm on Sauvie Island in Portland, OR with special guests Rainbow Girls, and a run through California with Goodnight, Texas that was rescheduled from the start of the pandemic, and for a second time due to a January bout with Covid for the entire band.
ON FRUITIONS LATEST RELEASE: Broken at the Break of Day
Fruition’s newest album, Broken at the Break of Day, shines a light on all five members of the band, whether it’s on the traded lead vocals of “Dawn” or the irresistible rhythms of “Where Can I Turn.” As it’s been for more than a decade, their sound is hard to define, but the songwriting and the harmonies tie their diverse influences together.
For example, “Counting the Days” is a poignant love letter, while “For You” shows the exasperation of maintaining a relationship on the road. The band’s most electrifying rock moment, “Do What You Want,” is then followed by “Nothing More Than Spinning,” which sounds like a folk song interpreted by Queen. The stunning vocal blend heard in “At the End of the Day” brings Broken at the Break of Day to its beautiful and touching conclusion.
Although it’s a challenge to categorize, the seven-song album feels whole because of the band’s dedication to honesty as well as harmony. The Portland, Oregon-based band is 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). Broken at the Break of Day, recorded in Thompson’s basement in between tour dates, follows the band’s exceptional 2019 album, Wild as the Night.
“This process was the quickest the band had ever wrote and recorded the songs,” Thompson says. “All the songs obviously fit either a ‘day’ or ‘night’ theme, but the whole rehearsing and recording process had to be done in about half the amount of time we were used to. That time limitation leant us to not over think things, play instinctually and all live in the studio with very minimal overdubs. All the songs are very different, but I think the speedy process naturally created some sonic congruency.”
The prolific band will release Wild as the Night and Broken at the Break of Day together on vinyl as well, giving listeners the option to hear the music as a collective body of work in a playlist-focused era.
“From a visibility standpoint, being able to release more music more often (even if it is in smaller doses) is ideal in the new frontier of digital music that we have found ourselves smack dab in the middle of,” Asebroek says. “It’s nice to be able to stay on people’s radar, in an age where people have instant access to the whole of music history at their fingertips. It’s also nice to put these out together on vinyl as a nod to the way things once were”
With a renewed focus on harnessing the energy of the live experience, Wild as the Night and Broken at the Break of Day allow listeners to get a glimpse of all five band members 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.
Their unmistakable vocal blend first revealed itself in 2008 when Anderson tagged along with Asebroek and Naja for an afternoon of busking in Portland. Drawing on their string-band influences early on, they released their debut album Hawthorne Hoedown that same year. Thompson joined the band in 2011, shortly after hearing the band members singing together in a friend’s attic. Leonard came on board in 2015. Broken at the Break of Day is the band’s tenth release, including EPs and LPs.
“We pushed ourselves like never before. But in the end it all turned out great,” Anderson says about the sessions for Broken at the Break of Day. “It was a bit more of a hectic process to get things done and recorded. I can’t believe it sounds so good, when we did it all so fast.”
Upcoming Tour Dates
August 18 Topaz Farm Sauvie Island, OR #
August 23 The Siren Morro Bay, CA &
August 24 Harlowʻs Sacramento, CA &
August 25 Crystal Bay Club Crystal Bay, NV &
August 26 The Independent San Francisco, CA &
August 27 Lodge Room Highland Park, CA &
August 28 Casbah San Diego, CA &
September 29 Belly Up Aspen Aspen, CO *
September 30 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO ^
October 1 The Lariat Buena Vista, CO
February 6-12 Jam Cruise 19 Miami, FL
# w/ Rainbow Girls
& w/ Goodnight, Texas
* w/ Mama Magnolia
^ w/ Heavy Diamond Ring