Fruit & Flowers Premiere ‘Drug Tax’ Exclusively on TIDAL
Fruit & Flowers is one of the hardest-working bands in New York — and that’s not hyperbole. Music listings site Oh My Rockness awarded them that honor in 2016 after the group racked up thirty-five shows in 2016. They generally clock one to two gigs per week.
Somehow, in the midst of all that stage time, the band managed to finish their debut EP, Drug Tax, premiering exclusively today on TIDAL via Little Dickman Records.
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”).
Check out the new EP now, plus some records that changed the band’s lives below:
No Doubt, Tragic Kingdom
“I had never heard music like that before, especially coming from a woman, because literally everything on the radio was scratchy, angry dudes singing about sex and stuff. Like, you know, the Black Crows or whoever else. I’d say that that’s one that changed my perspective on music as a young kid.” - Lyzi Wakefield
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
“Just hearing ‘Art Star’ for the first time, I was like, ‘Woah.’ And I grew up in New York and just knowing that this was happening in my city, like in my backyard… I had friends who were a lot older than me, friends who worked at a record store that I kind of lived in. They were friends with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and they would talk to me about them as if they were people, and it was just kind of mind-blowing. Just realizing that those people that I, and so many others, idolized just were people doing stuff. Pretty eye-opening for me. I think that was the first woman punk that I heard. And I was hooked.” – Ana Becker
“I heard that album, too. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs album. And I was like, ‘This is the sickest thing I’ve ever heard.’ But I was living in Texas and that was a New York thing. Now I live here and we played with [Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer] Brian Chase — twice.” - Wakefield
“I vividly remember listening to one of the songs in my friend’s car, and my friend turned to me and he was like, ‘I could see you moving to New York and doing something like this.’ And I was like, ‘Oh my God. That’s the best compliment I’ve ever got.’” – Wakefield
Michael Jackson, HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I
“The first time I came through the U.S. I was like eight years old. And my parents gave me some money and I bought the record because I was in love with everything Michael Jackson. I was really obsessed with him.” – Jose Berrio
Jewel, Pieces of You
“I feel a little embarrassed to admit, but I got really into Jewel when I was in high school — her first few records, like Pieces of You and the one right after that. I remember going to a record store to buy it the night it came out. I went up to like Tower Records or something, and there were all these other people in line and they were like, ‘Oh, yeah. You’re in line for Tool?’ And I was like, ‘Jewel, yeah.’ The cashier person assumed I was getting Tool because everyone was in line for Tool and I didn’t know what that was. So I ended up listening to Tool and Jewel.’ – Caroline Yoder
The Beatles, The White Album
“The White Album has the most eclectic vibes, which I love.” – Berrio
“Yeah, that one has the most hits. Well, they’re all hits, but the most listenable ones, like consecutively.” – Wakefield
Honorable Mention: Television, Marquee Moon
“Television’s Marquee Moon was the first CD that I ever bought. I was getting a birthday present for my friend and I went into this CD store because I knew he liked music and I asked [the clerk] what to buy, and the guy was like, ‘Well, you should get this CD, but before you give it to your friend, you should listen to it first.’ I listened to it, and I was like, ‘What the fresh hell? Like, what is this?’ And I went back the next day and I was like, ‘I listened to that. What else should I listen to?’ It was a different person working at the store and he was like, ‘Oh, OK. Here’s this.’ And he gave me Gang of Four’s Entertainment! and after that, it was like, ‘Woah.’ Everything I thought music sounded like … I had this tiny picture and there was such a bigger picture.” – Becker
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