With their latest EP out now and showing once again why they are an indie force to be reckoned with, United Fruit are one of the most exciting bands on the independent circuit right now. Previous single ‘Open Your Eyes’ (below) set the bar high with its high energy catchiness, and it looks like there’s going to be no let up in quality. Check out our interview below.
Where and when did you first discover your interest in music?
Music has been pretty prominent in our lives so it’s hard to pinpoint an exact time and place for all of us. Music is always evolving so we’re kind of discovering a new interest in music all the time.
- What are your main ambitions in the industry?
We want to be able to do this for as long as possible. We’re lucky that we’ve been able to tour around the UK and Europe and head over to the US as well, so we just want to continue with that. We’re not the sort of band that are going to get to number 1, not that that means anything anyway, so as long we’re able to carry on releasing music and playing shows we’re happy,
- When did you start writing your own songs/music?
Iskandar has been writing songs since he started playing guitar when he was in his teens. His mum was quite influential in the sense that she really encouraged him to write original material. I think I started playing earlier than Iskandar but I didn’t write anything of my own until much later. I still find it difficult to write. It comes much more naturally to Iskandar. We’ve always done our own material in this band though bar a couple of covers for special gigs and sessions. We don’t see the point in playing in a band unless we’re playing our own songs.
- What would you say is your music career highlight to date?
There’s been a few. Going over to Texas for SXSW last year was a high point for us. It was something we had been envisioning it for a while and the time was right to go over. It was an amazing experience. We played Rock for People festival in the Czech Republic last year and it was probably our best show. The crowds in Europe seem to ‘get’ our music a lot.
- Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences?
We’ve all got our separate influences and a lot stuff that we listen to might not even come across in the music. The music on the new album has got a bit of late 80s/90s alternative rock but it’s not really limited to that. People will hear other bands in the songs that we’ve never listened to so I don’t want to say who we are influenced by. It might give people the wrong idea what the album sounds like.
- What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about your current release?
It’s definitely the most work we’ve put into a release. We’re really proud of the songs on this record and it’s the best thing we’ve ever released.
- Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people to have a listen to?
We love the guys in Horsefight from London/Berlin. Locally we’re liking The Van Ts at the moment. We’ve always been fans of Black International from Edinburgh and their last album was quality. Adam Stafford from Glasgow is a one man experimental tunesmith who you need to listen to if you haven’t already.
- Any gigs coming up?
You can see us on tour in may in the UK. We’ll probably head back over to Europe later in the year.
- Where can we find/follow you online?
Twitter : @unitedfruitband