Fruition Interview About “Just One Of Them Nights” and Bill Murray!

DSC_7906When I look back on some of my favorite albums, say Fleet Foxes self-titled or The Avett Brothers “Four Thieves Gone”, I see albums that can stand the test of time. In all honesty after maybe two listens to Fruition’s “Just On Of Them Nights” I knew that this album would live in my music library as one of my favorites alongside that Fleet Foxes and Avett Brothers albums. Needless to say the raw emotion produced by Fruition is captured perfectly on this record.

Songs like “Broken Hearted” have gripped me with lines like “Your just as real as dreams are to me now” or the line from “The Wanter”, “I’m in it for the fishing, I’m not in it for the catch.” These lines have been sticking to the walls of my brain like glue since I first heard this “Just One Of Them Nights”.

I met up with Fruition (Jay Cobb Anderson “lead guitar/vocals”, Keith Simon “bass”, Kellen Asebroek “guitar”, Mimi Naja “mandolin/vocals” and Tyler Thompson “drums”) at their show in Jacksonville Beach at Freebird Live to talk about their latest album:

Check out the album while you read on:

P. Sunkel: So I read somewhere that you guys started off busking around and playing open mic nights in Portland, do you guys still get out to the street corner for a tune or two?

Kellen: Not as much as we used to. Our tours used to be half busking and half playing shows at bars and now we’re get some more legit bookings in real venues more often but we still like to get out there when we can. We’ve been too f*cking busy man, we’ve just been playing and touring. I mean the goal of the busking was just to not have to busk as much.
Jay: We’ve always really loved the busking thing. Early on, we were more inclined to it because we didn’t really have any other responsibilities, we didn’t have a booking agency or even a manager. We were just trying to get our music out there, so we were playing as much as possible. I think still, we sell our most CDs when we busk on the street, as opposed to gigs. It’s a beautiful thing to be disrupting peoples everyday lives with music.

Kellen: It’s a grassroots impromptu performance/practice every time. It’s actually the best way for us to practice.

Keith: Just look out for the random drunk dude with the harmonica, he’s always around somewhere.

P. Sunkel: That dude just always seems to be around…

Jay: He’s in every city everywhere…

Mimi: “Cwan Vyou Gwuys Play dadadaa”, if you have to ask you probably can’t play haha…

Tyler: Ah I had something I wanted to say, but I forgot.

Kallen: Make sure you quote that haha…

Mimi: Hahaha yeah quote that…

Everyone: Hahaha…
P. Sunkel: Let’s talk a little bit about your guys transition from the busking and open mics to the band coming to “Fruition” in the studio…

Tyler: We recorded the demos for “Just One Of Them Nights” back in September of 2012 at a horse ranch in Enterprise, OR. We had a week off so we went out there and spent about a week taking our time recording. We had about 30 songs to choose from but we narrowed it down to like 25 or 26 songs to just demo and then once we did that, we took 14 or 15 songs into the studio in December at Old School Studios, its right on the coast, its amazing.DSC_7944 I find that we as a group, work better in situations where we are under pressure. I would much rather have us put more time into the mixing and editing and still be able to capture that live energy that we build up under pressure due to a short amount of time. Versus like “Oh, is that solo just right? I don’t know?”. I like the Beatles probably more than any other band on earth but I’ve heard that they would spend an entire week on one song and that just blows my mind.

Jay: But they had the money and the time.

Tyler: Yeah they had the budget and all that, but we don’t, obviously. We’re a great live band, people tell us that all the time, eventually we’re going to have to put out a live album. But thats kind of the approach we take, we’re focused more on the live show. On the album we went very minimal on the overdubbing.
P. Sunkel: That live energy is what really matters. Some of the best bands I’ve ever seen have put out some not-so-good studio albums but put on excellent live shows. Now, I wanted to talk to you guys specifically about a couple songs on the record. So, let’s start with “Mountain Annie” the single off “Just One Of Them Nights”, tell me what that song is all about…

Jay: Oh wow, well I wrote that song years ago after a breakup with a girl I was seeing. She was actually a pop singer and ended up being on The Voice and working with Cee Lo. But before any of that happened and right after she moved away, I was walking down by the train yards in Portland, I kind of just got this thought in my head about walking past a bar and hearing her singing on like a TV, radio or something like that, which ended up really happening later on with the whole Voice thing. Mountain Annie was actually a moniker she used for herself for like a half-second. So I ended up using that as the name of the song and you know when you go through any kind of breakup, if your an artist or especially if your a songwriter, you end up just writing song, after song, after song about the same girl, you know? You talk about the whole thing, how you wish it was different or how you wish you could have done things….

Kellen: Or f*ck you?

Jay: Haha yeah or f*ck you but “Mountain Annie” was really my last song about her. I had written so many songs about her that I had an albums worth of songs. But I really got sick of writing songs about her…

Mimi: Hence the “Get out of my head”…

Jay: Yeah, thats exactly where that part comes from. I actually wrote the whole song while I was walking. I didn’t have any chords or anything like that yet, it really just started as a melody. I was just walking down the street recording a little verse here and there on my phone, which I actually do a lot. I’ve written a few songs while driving. Anything about moving, something about that just seems to help cut off all the other things around you or it somehow makes you more aware of your surroundings.DSC_8165 We started playing the song maybe three, three and a half years ago and in fact I didn’t even want to play the song because it was so emotional. I played it for Mimi and she was like “We have to play that song, we have to play it!” The first year playing that song, singing it was very emotional for me and I would fight back the tears every time we played it. But it ended up being a really catchy great song that people ended up getting to know us by. I think a big part of that is throwing down all that raw emotion into something and just letting it go.

P. Sunkel: Wow. I’m pretty speechless. That may be one of the best, most in-depth descriptions of a song I have ever gotten. I feel a lot of us have our “Mountain Annie’s” and that emotion you were just talking about I think helps people relate to the song. Now Mimi, a song I feel that almost anyone can relate to is your song “The Wanter” could you tell a little me about that one?

Mimi: I guess the song is just a different way to say that I’m in a relationship that I know isn’t gonna go anywhere. I usually just close myself off and maybe become a dick until they leave me, you know? But this one was like, f*ck I gotta turn it around, I gotta be the heartbreaker for once, which is something I never wanted, but sometimes you just have to do that. That song is really interesting though.DSC_8196 The song itself is really feel-good, but I guess thats part of the theme of moving-on I guess. It’s a weird song to me though and I love that people seem to like it. We’ve actually had some reviewers say that it’s “funny” and even the word “hilarious” was thrown around, and I was just like “This is not funny.”

Jay: Hahaha there is nothing funny about it…

Mimi: But I think thats why it’s a good song, it has a good feel to it but the actual content is kind of heavy.

P. Sunkel: That song makes me feel like I’ve been making the right decisions haha.


Kellen: “The Wanter” actually characterizes a lot of our songs because we have a lot of positive sounding songs that are really about feeling terrible.

Everyone: Hahahaha yeah…

Kellen: Well, thats when you feel most inspired is when your feeling passionate or extremely about something…

Jay: Also I think that “The Wanter” along with our best songs take those feelings and expresses them in a way that is abstract enough that people from all different backgrounds can connect with it. Like theres a line in that song, that when I had first heard Mimi play it, I just could not get out of my head and the line is, “I’m in it for the fishing, I’m not in it for the catch.” That’s just a great line.

P. Sunkel: Haha I literally have that line written down in my notebook right here…

Jay: Seriously? You do?
P. Sunkel: Hahaha yup, that line has just stuck with me since I first heard it.

Jay: “I’m in it for the fishing, I’m not in for the catch,” is just very relatable. Like instantly when you hear that line, you understand more of the point of what she’s trying to say. So, I really think the best songs are the ones that blur the lines but that also give the songs a specific feel. Feeling is what music is anyway. When you can express that through words, which is tough a lot of the time, then it becomes a great song.

P. Sunkel: So you guys also made “Just One Of These Nights” through crowd-funding on KickStarter, are you guys considering that for your next release as well?

Mimi: No.

Kellen: No.

Jay: Not really.

Kellen: We all collectively decided that asking that much from your friends, family and fans is enough for one go-around. We’re still struggling to give back rewards from the KickStarter campaign, there were so many people who helped, there was like 300+ who donated, so sending people actual physical goods and stuff is logistically hard for us.
Keith: Well especially when your out on the road.

Kellen: It worked out great though because we had been dreaming about going to that studio that Tyler was talking about a little earlier and the only way that we could see that dream through was to get a loan or ask people for money.

Jay: What’s kind-of funny though is that our record, ended up being the last one recorded there because the land-lord of that studio took it back and sold it as a winery or something like that. Which was really kind-of a heartbreaker, it was a very beautiful studio and the location was just amazing. You look out the window and you see the Pacific ocean. You can see seals and hear them barking. But yeah, KickStarter was also great because with our fans, they really pushed us to just try and do it and be serious about what we are doing. So once we realized the belief that they’ve put in us, we put back the belief we have in them to help us fund the record, it ended up being really fun and easy.

P. Sunkel: So what are you guys looking forward to in this next year? Any goals?

Kellen: Well we want to get back in the studio and have something canned by the end of this year. We have a ton more songs we want to put on record, we also have a couple more big tours this year…

P. Sunkel: With Greensky Bluegrass?

Kellen: Well, we have one more tour to do with them, and this isn’t confirmed yet but we may be going on the road with the Infamous Stringdusters, they have a kind of similar thing going on. And then we definitely want to try to get back out to places like Florida on our own and start building up our infamy if we can. But like I said I think cutting a record is our highest priority.
Jay: I also think that one of the goals I have in my head for this next year is to hopefully get some label support or something like that. I would also like to get us played on the radio a bit more. This next record we’re working on has so much potential for radio play. I feel like the music we make should be out there for the masses, I think the goal is to bring us to the point where we can fill-out rooms by ourselves and get some of the bigger festivals we’ve always wanted to be on like Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. I also really want to tour Europe, like I think within the next year, I think Europe would eat up what we’re doing.

Kellen: Also we want to play Conan and Saturday Night Live…

Mimi: And Jimmy Fallon…

Kellen: There’s also one more thing I’ve got to mention. For this tour, we have been putting Bill Murray on the guestlist at every show, even though he probably has no f*cking clue who we are.

Jay: We’ve never met him, we have no connection to him…

Kellen: We just want to get word out there through the grapevine that we’re putting him on every list at every single show.
Jay: So if Bill Murray shows up, he can get in…

Keith: Bill Murray I will buy you a drink if you come to our show…

P. Sunkel: I really hope that happens…

Jay: I know, I want it to happen so bad!

Mimi: Oh it will happen, at some point.

P. Sunkel: You guys should put that on your fliers for shows…

Jay: A little asterisk at the bottom that says “Bill Murray accepted at all shows”, thats another one of our main goals, is getting Bill Murray to our show.

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