Fruit & Flowers -‘Drug Tax’ EP (Out June 30th on Little Dickman Records)

Fruit & Flowers -‘Drug Tax’ EP (Out June 30th on Little Dickman Records)

Brooklyn-based “surf noir” band Fruit & Flowers follow first single and cool music video for ‘Out Of Touch’ with their debut EP.  But to dial back a little, “Conceived in a Bushwick loft with broken AC during the summer of 2015 by Caroline on bass and Shaw Walters on drums, the band was soon joined by Lyzi Wakefield and Ana Becker on guitars and vocals. The band agreed to play its first show at Northside festival just weeks after formation and wrote the record in a furious fit of hot nights and inspired mornings. The band became fully realized when Shaw handed the role of drummer to Jose Berrio (drummer-cum-art director), whose inimitable style elevates the strong rhythmic character of the band.”


Fruit & Flowers – ‘Out Of Touch’

‘Drug Tax’ was said to be “born out of necessity, capturing the grit and rush of New York City summer and the newfound chemistry between the bandmates.” which goes a long way to help convey the commitment and creative buzz of their first EP.

‘Drug Tax’ was recorded at Thump Studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The EP was engineered and co-produced by John Thayer, and mixed and mastered by George Harris. Jose Berrio designed the band’s logo and album art.


Fruit & Flowers – ‘Subway Surfer’

The forthcoming release opens with first single proper, ‘Out Of Touch’ which is good, brighter and tight under wrapped in overtones of the alternative with style and a fair splash of grace. Before long my afterglow of admiration distracted by a shout of hey from next track the tasty ‘Sunway Surfer’, there’s also a neat strong chorus and build ups to ‘Dark Surf’ speaking personally eclipsed by ‘Down Down Down’ which would fit snug in some many bands set, it really ticks those majority of so called imaginary boxes.

The title track closes the 6-track EP in good form, another winning live number, captured well. Described as one of the hardest working bands in the New York area, there’s a lot to like when talking about Fruit & Flowers the fact that everyone will be talking about them soon is totally deserved. ‘Drug Tax’ is an impressive EP, I’m told the band are great live as well, so no excuses. 8.2

Steve Janes


Photo Credit: Fernando Forero

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Fruit & Flowers -‘Drug Tax’ EP (Out June 30th on Little Dickman Records)