WE CHATTED WITH JAMES OF IRISH INDIE-ROCK N ROLL TRIO ‘FRUITZ’ WHO TELLS US ALL ABOUT THEIR NEW EP ‘THE PITS AND THE GLAMOUR’, FROM THE WRITING, RECORDING AND MORE! GIVE THE FULL INTERVIEW A READ HERE.

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What are your names?
Hey, you’ve got James here today! Adam and Jacko are also in the band!

What is the bands name?
FRUITZ!

How did you come up with the band’s name?
Adam our bass player is responsible for the name, it came from a Conor McGregor quote “I’m just reaping the fruits of my hard labour”

What is your genre of music?
I’d say Indie / Rock n Roll would best describe us, although we do toy with other genres like pop rock, blues, grunge etc.

Give us a little bio about you as a band.
We we’re formed at the end of 2017, myself and Adam are founding members. We’ve gigged all over Ireland, every venue you can name in Dublin! We made our uk debut in 2018 selling out the Zanzibar club in Liverpool, which led to more uk shows for us! Jacko our drummer joined mid 2019 before the recording of “U&I” and has been a part of the journey ever since. Pre covid in 2020 we had just released Daydream and supported the mighty Louis Berry as well as a sold out headliner in Whelans. Our debut ep dropped in December and we’re ready to take in 2022!

What made you go into music?
I firstly fell in love with the guitar from watching my dads old videos of U2 live at Red Rocks, I was just obsessed with the guitar. Then into my teens I started writing my own tunes and that was it!

Who are your influences?
The Beatles obviously go without saying. U2, Oasis, The Stone Roses all huge for me personally, also some more recent bands like Catfish and the Bottlemen, blossoms, DMAS.

Are you signed?
We’re unsigned at the minute.


You released your debut EP ‘The Pits and The Glamour’, tell us more about the EP.
Where do I start? The EP was recorded in the world famous Windmill Lane in Dublin. 4 tracks, Be Like This, Set The Motion, 2 for 1 and Heroine. I think it’s a real statement of intent from us, I feel every tune offers something different. It shows our versatility!

What is the meaning behind the EP?
I’m not quite sure if the ep has a meaning as a hole. The chorus of the first track says “It Won’t Always Be Like This”, which I feel is very fitting to the times we are in at the minute.

What was the writing and recording process like?
Yea great, I’d written Be Like This, 2 for 1 and Heroine probably a couple of years ago, we were sitting on them for a while. Set The Motion was a product of the first lockdown, it was a slight change of sound and I would be lying if I was kind of unsure about it when I wrote it but I think it turned out great! Recording in Windmill lane was an absolute dream, the building is just soaked in history and you feel it the minute you walk in. The process went very swimmingly.

Describe each track in two words.
Be Like This: “Anthemic Banger”
 Set The Morion: “Summer Vibes.”
 2 for 1: “Up Front.”
 Heroine: “ Beautifully Slow.”

Who did you work with on the EP?
We worked with Cian Synott at Windmill Lane, he was absolutely brilliant with us and really did put a mark on it. It was mastered by the brilliant Fergal Davis and the artwork was done by Garreth Halliday.

Will we see a music video for any of the tracks on the Ep and if so what can we expect?
 I don’t think we’ll do a video for any of these tunes, although I could be wrong.

Will  we see any live shows coming up and if so where will you be heading and drop the link for tickets.
We play The Workman’s in Dublin in May with The Ks which I think is now sold out. Nothing else has been announced yet but we will be playing all over the place this year!

What else can we expect in early 2022?
There will be a fresh batch of tunes this year definitely and some bigger shows!

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Hopefully playing some of the biggest stages and gigs across the world, that’s the dream anyway.

What quote or saying do you always stick by?
“It is what it is”.

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
your ticket for one, beer tokens too! Your mate, that’s all you need if you ask me.

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Yeo, we’re on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram!

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