Brooklyn-based “surf noir” garage psych band Fruit & Flower recently debuted their video for ‘Out Of Touch’, the first single from their upcoming EP, Drug Tax, due out June 30. Dubbed one of “NYC’s Hardest Working Bands,” Fruit and Flowers have earned a large local following from their exuberant electric performances.
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 Yoder on bass and Shaw Walters on drums, the band was soon joined by Wakefield and 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. The video features the DIY band frolicking on the beach in what appears to be the ‘best day ever.’ The joyous video and catchy tune will have you craving for summer days in the sun and sand.