In the early months of 2006 Embarrassing Fruits began playing stripped down, song-based music in an unheated living room in Greensboro, NC. Swilling cans of PBR, listening to early 90’s indie-rock and eating spicy foods helped fuel the band early on, setting the groundwork for honest, unpolished and unpretentious indie rock that recalls what the genre was about in the first place. After moving back to Chapel Hill, NC, Lee Shaw, a talented songwriter in his own right, joined the band on bass in early 2008. Joe Norkus, Lee Shaw, and John Neville now make up “The Fruits.”
The First Time EP is the band’s first official release on Trekky Records and it is the definition of homemade. Recorded and mixed in Trekky’s home studio, The Owl Room, the CD features screen printed packaging hand printed by The Trekky Records Printing Company and Embarrassing Fruits themselves, all in one house, Trekky Headquarters.
Amid a slew of groups that do nothing but tap and twist delay pedals and scream nonsense into microphones, Embarrassing Fruits rely on bass, drums, guitar and vocals to create music that reminds us of classic, early indie rock like Archers of Loaf, Sebadoh and Pavement. The Fruits are living in the days before iPods, when crowded basement summertime shows and college radio ruled. Divebomb guitars and a slight Southern slant harken back to mid-nineties Chapel Hill glory. Simple, sarcastic anthems such as “Bicycle” will take you on a journey into the mind of the high school sophomore in a grown man’s body. “Drunken Foot” tells the story of a romance that begins with a few beers. “Willing Partner” is a Southern jam about uncertainty in a budding relationship. The First Time will be available in stores and online August 5, 2008. Recommended!
Embarrassing Fruits - First Time
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