“Heart-Pounding Blast of Energy, Hope and Passion” – Meet – United Fruit


Today we have a “Meet The Band ” with United Fruit ,pretty cool post punk. For Fans of … And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of The Dead, Smashing Pumpkins, Rival Schools

a little more from their press:
United Fruit’s second album Eternal Return, out now, is a heart-pounding blast of energy, hope and passion. Featuring some of their most accomplished songs to date, each track unfurls and bursts into a cacophony of riffs, high soaring vocals and hectic beats that will leave you exhilarated by the end.

The Glasgow based four-piece have taken their time with Eternal Return, slowly teasing fans over the last few years with single Open Your Eyes and their Nightmare Recovery EP, which features three tracks on Eternal Return – ‘Ghost Inside Your Head’, ‘Nightmare Recovery’ and ‘Cause And Effect’. Press were quick to pick up on the band’s thrilling punk rock sound with The 405 noting that, if played loud enough, ‘Nightmare Recovery’ would ‘probably wipe all that shit off your face’. Stereogum also featured ‘Ghost Inside Your Head’ after the band played a showcase for the critically acclaimed site at SXSW plus DIY, Drowned in Sound, Clash and The Skinny have been strong supporters of the band.

More so than ever before, Iskandar Stewart (vox, guitar), Stuart Galbraith (guitar, vox), Marco Panagopoulos (bass) and Dean Inglis (drums) have brought together their love of discordant, dissonant chords and melodies then destroyed the rule book and created their own unique sound upon its smouldering ashes. The result is Eternal Return – an eleven song beast that combines angular alt rock and pop, drenched in love, sweat and optimism.

From the uplifting riffs and driving beats, which channel the Smashing Pumpkins filtered through an early Rival Schools lens, on ‘Where The Sun Beats Down’ to Iskandar’s signature anthemic rock vocals on ‘Golden Days’, Eternal Return feels like an exciting journey for the band and one that only scratches the surface of what’s to come.

Eternal Return is out now.

For those unfamiliar with your bands history, can you tell us all how you all met up and decided to start a band?

We formed in 2008. We had all been in bands prior to United Fruit and had a lot of mutual friends. It just seemed natural to form a band together – we all liked the same music and we had similar ideas about where we wanted to take the band. We all hate each other now though!

Who would you list as your musical influences?

When we started we were really influenced by Shellac and the Jesus Lizard. Those type of bands. That shows in our earlier music. We all listen to different things though. I know Dean listens to a lot of hip hop. Iskandar likes a lot of electronic music. I’m more into punk/post-punk and Marco just likes a mental riff.

What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?

Some shows we have played have been awesome. The Twilight Sad were good enough to ask us out on tour with them a couple of times. We’ve got a lot of respect for those guys so to be asked by them to support them was pretty cool. Rock for People festival in Czech Republic last year was pretty wild as well.

What are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years?

We really just want to release as much music and play to as many people as possible. It’s all about gaining new fans and you have to work at that so as long as it’s still fun for us we’ll keep hammering away at it.

What are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?

Red Tide Opal In The Loose End Womb by Oliver Wilde is a personal favourite for me. It’s a great shoegaze/psychedelic album with some amazing sounds. Iskandar loves the Beach Fossils albums – really nice guitar parts. We all really liked the Dead Wolf Club album as well. The first Metz album is a tour van favourite.

Do you see any real use for social media, or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?

Social media is an important way of keeping in touch with your fans. It’s the most immediate way of letting people knowing what you’re doing so I don’t really think of it as being a pain in the ass, it’s just part of what you have to do as a band in the industry at the moment.

Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off?

Iskandar doesn’t read reviews at all. I read them but I don’t really take any notice of them. It’s cool when people have good things to say about you and I find it quite funny when they don’t but it’s just one person’s opinion so there’s no point in getting too obsessed by them.

If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?

Japan seems like it would be pretty amazing. We’ve only been to the US once so far for SXSW so it would be great to go back and do a full tour over there at some point.

Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life?

Music saves.

Any last thoughts for your fans?

Hope you all like the new record and come see us when we play near you.

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Co-founder of 50thirdand3rd, stepped away to spend time with family and write. From Pittsburgh, now in Florida, Cool Canadian artist wife, 4 great kids, and two granddaughters!! I'm a lucky guy!

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