“Surf rock with a side of gloom, Drug Tax is the perfect record for warring with sticky subway seats (“Subway Surfer”) hanging at the beach under a black umbrella (“Dark Surf”) and just generally sweating out the summer sans AC (“Pick Fairy”).” – TIDAL
‘“Subway Surfer” is a straight up punk stomper.” – She Shreds
“If you go to a lot of DIY-ish shows in NYC chances are you’ve seen Fruit & Flowers, one of the hardest working new bands of the moment, making super-catchy indie rock.” – Brooklyn Vegan
“…the perfect soundtrack for slowly slinking through NYC’s July haze, while possibly spotting a UFO over the Manhattan skyline.” – Bandsintown
“Brooklyn band that’s been playing a gazillion shows lately (and seem to have as many scheduled), which is always a good sign.” – The Deli NYC
Today, Brooklyn-based “surf noir” band Fruit & Flowers share their debut EP, Drug Tax, exclusively on TIDAL. The EP is out on all digital streaming platforms on June 30th via Little Dickman Records.
The band debuted their first single and music video on Brooklyn Vegan. Watch “Out Of Touch” HERE. Their second single and video, “Subway Surfer,” premiered on She Shreds, who say, “The video gives us a peek into their stellar live shows, which are a lot more than a good-time punk rock party. FxF’s dead perfect vocal harmonies and guitar interplay clearly displays a band operating with a fully formed idea and a love for their respective instruments.”
Fruit & Flowers are one of the most active bands in the NYC area, and have been deemed one of “NYC’s Hardest Working Bands” by Oh My Rockness. The band embarks on its third tour of 2017 in July to Canada and the Midwest in support of Drug Tax. Fruit & Flowers’ exuberant, electric performances draw a local following. Ana Becker’s angular, expressive guitar style and Lyzi Wakefield’s gritty rhythmic backbone merge a post-punk heaviness with psychedelic warmth. Committed and charismatic front woman Caroline Yoder summons a fervent energy, surrounded by distinct, warm and refreshing three part harmonies, the bedrock of Fruit and Flowers’ sound.
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.
Drug Tax was born out of necessity, capturing the grit and rush of New York City summer and the newfound chemistry between the bandmates. Weaving together the perspectives and expressions of the band’s multiple songwriters, Drug Tax unfolds to present the unique and varied voice of Fruit & Flowers. Lead single “Out Of Touch” is about the ennui of a missed love opportunity, with soaring, sultry vocals, beachy surf rock riffs and fuzzy bass. Album tracks range from the sultry moody and beautiful “Dark Surf” to the post-gothic title track “Drug Tax.”
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.
6.29 – Baby’s All Right – Brooklyn, NY
7.02 – The Firehouse – Worcester, MA
7.04 – L’escogriffe – Montreal, Canada
7.05 – Pressed – Ottawa, Canada
7.07 – Baby G – Toronto, Canada
7.08 – Less Than Level – Oakville, Canada
7.09 – The Brass Rail – Ft. Wayne, IN
7.12 – Subterranean (downstairs) – Chicago, IL
7.13 – Drkmttr – Nashville, TN
7.14 – The Caledonia – Athens, GA
7.19 – The Station – Carrboro, NC
7.21 – Connie’s Ric Rac – Philadelphia, PA
7.22 – Cape House – Brooklyn, NY
Drug Tax – TRACKLISTING
01. Out of Touch
02. Subway Surfer
03. Dark Surf
04. Down Down Down
05. Pick Fairy
06. Drug Tax