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Fruition at Otus Supply, 3 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

Posted: Monday, January 27, 2020

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Fruition is not a band that spends much time spinning its wheels

The Americana quintet from Portland, Ore., released an album, "Wild As the Night," in November, and during mid-January released its follow-up, and companion set, "Broken at the Break of Day." Not quite as different as, well, night and day, the two spotlight Fruition's combination of tight playing and ambitious songwriting, stirring together a number of different influences from country, bluegrass, rock and pop.

The group is a frequent fixture on the festival scene and has opened for the likes of Jack Johnson, the Wood Brothers and Greensky Bluegrass. And when it has its own stage, things really tend to come into, well, fruition...

Frontman Jay Cobb Anderson, 36, says by phone that Fruition considers its latest two albums to be "companion releases" to each other. "We kind of planned those two together. They're connected in a couple of different ways. They're all us and there's the theme of the whole night and day kind of thing. We put out Night first because for touring musicians nighttime is when we're up and going and partying and the whole thing, and daytime is more about reflection and, I guess, some of the more sobering moments, especially on the road. I think they're just, like, two different sides of the same coin, two different sides of life."

The group's three songwriters -- Anderson, Kellen Asebroek and Mimi Naja -- wrote the songs for "Wild as the Night" and some of "Broken at the Break of Day" during a three-day writing session early last year in Asheville, N.C. -- the first time in years that Fruition's three songwriters got together in one place to work on material. "Usually we write on our own and bring songs to the table, but we were kind of interested in mixing it up and trying to do stuff together. At one point we were taking a break and Mimi picked up a guitar and got a riff going. I got a stream of consciousness flow going about how hectic days can be sometimes and how they can fly by, and when the song was finished we really dug it."

Fruition recorded self-produced "Broken at the Break of Day," mostly in drummer Tyler Thompson's basement studio. "After working with Tucker Martine, an amazing producer, on our (previous album), we learned a lot of tricks and kind of how to manage ourselves more and how to hone in and attain the vision for the songs that we have in tour head. So it was easier, and it was also a bit more challenging 'cause there was a lot of time pressure. We were recording all these tracks in the middle of a tour, so it was kind of hectic and crazy and at times pretty stressful, but things like that create great art, I think."

Fruition and the Mighty Pines perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the Parliament Room in Otus Supply, 545 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale. $17 advance, $20 at the door. 248-291-6160 or otussupply.com.

Web Site: www.otussupply.com

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