MUSICEYES & EDGE

Fruition Album Release

MUSICEYES & EDGE
Fruition Album Release
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 Photo Courtesy of FruitionIt's been half a year since the quintent of Fruition reached their Kickstarter goal to fund a new album. In just a month, they'll release the fruit of their $20,000 campaign: their new album Just One of Them Nights.It's been quite a journey for the Portland-based band. In December, the members spent five days recording folk sounds at Old School Studios, off the coast of California, just north of San Francisco. They honed country rhythms, guitar and mandolin solos and, of course, some furious bluegrass string-picking.To kick off the new album, Fruition is scheduled to play live July 23 at Music Millennium, followed by an official release on July 30. Guitar player Kellen Asebroek talked with us about the making of their music:EYES + EDGE: What were your musical influences and themes for this new album?Kellen Asebroek: We had a loose plan. Obviously, we knew where we were going, we had it mapped out. We had a handful of songs, 22 songs that we had recorded demos of for this new album. We narrowed it down to 14 songs. We knew who was playing what… Does it need to be changed, does it need to added… We had a fairly good idea of what we were doing.E+E: Did the amazing retreat meet your expectations?Asebroek: It was really all we had hoped for, and more. It was a really amazing studio, three hours north of San Francisco, this studio is literally right up to the cliff, in the middle of this sleepy little town called Caspar.We crammed as much as we could into every second, 15 hours over what we originally intended to do. It was great, it was worth every second.I think we definitely accomplished what we set out to do, kind of showing people more of the rock sound. For the last two and a half years, we've been playing with a full drum kit and electric guitar. It's a full rock show, we’re a rock band. We’re trying to make this album reflect that a little more.Photo Courtesy of FruitionE+E: Was it hard to collaborate together on this new album? What's it like working with each other, especially cooped up in a studio?Asebroek: We get along swimmingly. We’ve known each other for last five or six years now. Especially between now and then, we’ve learned how to get along. Those rare times where we’re not getting along, we change the direction of the conversation. As far as just band dynamics, there’s three of us that write songs. Someone will write a song and bring it to the table, we’ll all learn it, write our own parts and figure out how to sing melodies. It’s a really sweet process, everyone has their part.E+E: What's the future look like for Fruition?Asebroek: The journey has been a steady upward thing, every year we’ve kind of had a goal, a vision for how far we want to get. We’ve pretty much been hitting it. Last year, we've been trying to explode onto festival circuit, mingle in with that whole scene. It’s a really good place to be for a band like us. Our fanbase doubled just from festivals last year. That’s our main aim, get on the festival scene, this summer, we’ll just be drilling it and pushing it hard, going for it.We have some secret goals, like playing on a late-night TV show… Like playing on Conan or Letterman. This is how high we’re shooting, so let’s hit it.Written By: Dominique Fong//