sexta-feira, 2 de outubro de 2015

Turquoise with Fruit & Flowers - An Interview

E as novidades do submundo dos bons sons nunca param nas páginas do TBTCI.

Agora é vez e hora do quarteto Fruit & Flowers que por enquanto tem apenas um single, e que single, Out of Touch e a deliciosa Turquoise são o cartão de visita deles. Guitar pop pegajoso em formato lo-fi e encharcado de um ar garage psicodélico bubblegum.

Uma verdadeira perdição é ouvir e viciar, não há outra saída.

***** Interview with Fruit & Flowers *****

Q. When did Fruit &Flowers start? Tell us about the history...
1) Caroline had been working with Shaw under the name Fruit & Flowers for a little while, and had booked a Northside showcase for their first show. Caroline met Lyzi at a show and liked how she danced, and she played guitar, so Caroline invited her to join. Shortly thereafter Ana had dinner with Shaw and got jealous that he had a Northside show and she didn't, and jokingly asked if they could use another guitarist. Shaw invited her to practice. The four all got together for the first time about a month before the show. Some crazy chemistry ensued, and they magicked together a five-song set in a few short weeks. New friendships, new songs, new band were all suddenly born.

Q: Who are your influences?
2) Some stuff we love: Sleater-Kinney, Bauhaus, Jesus Lizard, The Lively Ones, The Feelies, PJ Harvey, Pylon, Queens of the Stone Age, The Zombies, Silver Apples, Autolux. Could go on and on. Also always drawing inspiration from seeing our friends play, there are some really awesome bands floating around Brooklyn right now!

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
3) Five albums of ALL TIME?! Sheesh, way too hard. Ana here, I'll give you my answer--
The Beatles: Abbey Road,
Gang of Four: Entertainment,
Television: Marquee Moon,
Chisel: 8AM All Day,
Philip Glass: Glassworks.

(That was my honest answer, but all those musicians are men. Dang!)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4) Playing live we feel happy and excited and awesome (as long as everything is going well). Can't speak for the others, but on stage I feel unapologetically powerful, which I find delightfully liberating from traditional gender roles.

Q. How do you describe Fruit &;Flowers sounds?
5) Fruit & Flowers draws on a really wide range of sounds: Caroline, Lyzi, myself and Shaw are all songwriters, and all voracious music listeners [read: nerds]. We write together and each of us brings a different set of influences. I think we share garage rock as a starting place (The Kinks, The Sonics, etc), and throw in big handfuls of grunge, post-punk, psych, surf and power-pop. Dark & Heavy, Fast & Pretty.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the single?
6) We have one single recorded, and we're working on an EP right now which we're really excited about. Shaw went to school for audio and is great at production (And Ana's not too shabby, either), so we've been doing the recording ourselves. It's been fun and stressful, but mostly fun!

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
7) There are so many new bands we'd recommend! Some great local bands: Sharkmuffin, Young Runner, PRIMA, Starlight Girls, SideA SideB, Mount Sharp, The Meaning of Life, Kid In The Attic, Charly Bliss, BOYTOY, Sunset Images, Dead Painters, City Mice, Junk Boys, Savants, 178 Product, Raccoon Fighter, No Shoes, Holy Tunics, Yin Yangs, Young Unknowns, No One and the Somebodies, Old Table, Turbosleaze, Cave Cricket, Haybaby, Honduras, Looms, Decorum, Flying Pace, Lost Boy? just to name a few! And I'm forgetting a bunch. Some more we love, from around the country: Stereo Confession, Mike Krol, Hemlines, Arc Flash, Coma Serfs. Some others we don't know personally but we love a lot: PRIESTS, Bully, Trash Kit, Spiral Beach, Celestial Shore, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Torres, Speedy Ortiz, Courtney Barnett, ahh, can't even go on, there are too many. Good music is all around! Caroline's making a playlist for Rawpaw with some of our favorites, too. Ana has been doing her best to listen to bands with at least one person of color or one woman member.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
8) Ana wants to cover Big Black. The others aren't so sure about that.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9) Our plans for the future... take over the world? Just kidding. We want to make our EP, and tour, make some fun merch / art, make some crazy interactive experiences, and play lots of great shows with great people and for great people. Maybe one day we'll come to Brazil! Mostly we want to keep writing and playing music, because that's what we love to do. And we're doing that already. So everything above and beyond that is gravy.

Q: Any parting words?
10) Parting words: Keep your eyes peeled for our debut EP! Also we have a couple of shows coming up that we're really looking forward to: Sept 11 at Santos Party House with Celestial Shore, and the 12th at Mt. Holyoke College in their Fall Nightfest. Then some October shows for CMJ. So if you're in NY or Massachusetts, come hang with us!

Thanks again for reaching out to us!!
Ana (and Caroline, Lyzi, Shaw // Fruit & Flowers)