FRUITZ are a four piece Rock’n’Roll/Guitar/Indie Band hailing from Dublin, in Ireland.
The Bands debut EP “5IVE A DAY” was released in late 2017 and catapulted them onto the Irish Music scene. The EP did amazingly well receiving thousands of streams, world-wide in just a matter of hours.
The EP also received great reviews from respected music journalists such as REMY, who described it as “Good O’L Rock’n’Roll”, as well as local promoters labeling the energetic guitar band as “A Wall Of Sound” The band have also been described as being like a 21st century Oasis.
FRUITZ are known for their energetic, pulsating live performances pulling in an excited crowd which contributes to the electrifying atmosphere of the gigs they play.
FRUITZ made their U.K debut in early 2018 playing a sold out headline show at Liverpool’s famous ‘Zanzibar’. They released their Single “KNOTZ” in late 2018 and have been busy ever since.
We were thrilled to grab a few minutes in the bands busy schedule to recently catch up with James and Jamie ………
Hello and welcome! Please tell us a little bit about yourselves. Who are you, what’s your role within the band and how did you all meet/form?
James: Hey, I’m James and I sing and play guitar.
Jamie: Hello, I’m Jamie, and I also play the guitar.
James: The band formed around late 2017 if I’m not mistaken, it was myself, Jamie, Adam our bass player and another drummer before we eventually met our savior that is Ms Jacquline Campion.
Jamie: I was introduced to James when I was about 15 and we were playing together then, didn’t get up to much just played some covers together in his garage but we kept in touch and eventually got FRUITZ together.
James: It was a long time coming!! Adam is a good mate of mine and actually got into playing the guitar from watching myself and Jamie play at a house party when we were about 16, so I eventually got him playing bass and then the band was set really.
Who/What are your musical influences? What sort of genre would you consider your music to be?
James: I’m big into U2, probably the reason I first picked up a guitar. Also massively into Oasis and The Stone Roses and of course that small band from Liverpool called The Beatles. But yea that’d be the basis of my musical Influence.
Jamie: Oasis, The Style Council and Nirvana have influenced me massively, but I’m also into my hip hop and rap, Tyler, The Creater is a big one for me!
James: We all do like most of the same stuff, Adam our bass player and I go to a lot of gigs together, he’s also into his rap too. Jacko is much the same, she has a big love for The Pixies as of late!
What’s your favourite song of your own and why?
Jamie: Mine would be ‘Roll Them Over’ because I wrote the chorus on it.
James: It’s a tough one, it’d probably be ‘The Maker’, I really enjoy playing that one live.
What do you consider the best lyric you’ve ever written to be?
Jamie: From ‘Roll Them Over’, “All the boys are waiting on the corner, trying to get enough to roll them over. And it wouldn’t be me, we all have to go home eventually”, Because of how relevant it is between people ages 17 to anywhere in their 30’s now.
James: Again, another tough one, I’m gonna go with one from a tune that we’ve released, probably the line from ‘U & I’, “Like a bullet to the brain I hate to admit I loved ye”, suppose it explains a typical guy not liking to admit things.
What’s your favourite song of all time by any other band/artist and why?
Jamie: The Beatles no reply. Because of the harmonies in the chorus
James: My mates who are reading will be expecting me to say ‘The Man’ by The Killers as I don’t think I’ve stopped singing it since I first heard it, but ‘One’ by U2 is probably by favorite of all time.
What are you listening to at the moment?
Jamie: I’m listening to a lot of Slowthai recently, I managed to see him last week and it was an unreal gig. Men I trust, who I also seen earlier this year. Sonic Youth, MF Doom and Frank Ocean are being played a lot recently too.
James: I’m really bet into Noel Gallagher’s new stuff I think it’s unreal, Miles Kane’s latest single is on repeat daily. Also listening to DMA’S MTV session a lot, they’re a great band, I’ve seen them twice now and both times were unbelievable.
What’s going on with you at the moment? Do you have any gigs planed or upcoming events?
James: We have some planned but not announced or anything, some will hopefully be around December time. We’ll have dates announced soon for the new year, not just in Ireland either, we’ll be over seas with these.
Jamie: Yea I cant wait for the next batch of gigs, we’re quite busy recording and organizing that side of things, we’re in the process of recording a few more singles which will be out in the near future and spread across 2020 leading into festival season.
What’s been the best gig you’ve played so far and what would be your dream gig to play?
James: Hands down The Zanzibar in Liverpool! I’m half scouse so to get over and play there was great, we weren’t going too long either when we done that one and it sold out well in advance too. Our good mates Dasprantas supported us too so it was a special night!
My dream gig is Slane Castle or Croke Park, that’s the aim anyway.
Jamie: Id have to agree with James on the Liverpool gig, that was unreal, It’ll be great to play there again!
I’ll go for the more intimate venue and say The Olympia Theatre in Dublin. It’s by far my favorite venue.
Who would you most like to share a stage with (past or present)?
James: Id love to have shared a stage with John Lennon so I could just watch him, but of those still with us it’d have to be U2 in some massive stadium somewhere strange.
Jamie: It’s a tough one, but I’d say Paul Weller, what a man!
What’s the best thing and worst thing about being in a band?
Jamie: The worst is lugging our gear around to gigs etc, that’s a pain! The best thing would be playing that first chord of the first songs as we walk on stage.
James: The worst thing would be listening to everyone’s moaning, na I’m joking. I’d agree with Jamie, getting the gear around can be very annoying. The best thing would be the gigs, and seeing people sing words back to us to songs I’ve written in my bedroom, that’s cool.
What three words best sum you up as a band?
Both: Loud And Dangerous
Thank you for taking the time to talk to us, it was an absolute pleasure!
THE SONGBIRD XX