Tinnedfruit – ‘Sad Party’ – The (Tinned) Fruit Of Falmouth’s Loins.
Falmouth based Tinnedfruit began to release music in the latter parts of 2015. August and December both saw small scale releases, as is the norm with young bands, a few tracks here and there while a full-length is constructed.
“The norm…” Now, Tinnedfruit, with a name such as that, are clearly nothing of the sort. The 21th January 2016 saw two b-sides from the forthcoming album released and two days later a debut nine-track mini-album entitled ‘Sad Party’ was picked and packaged.
The former release symbolically comparable to those slightly cheaper misshapen fruit and veg you see in the Supermarket sections for the stock that isn’t quite good enough for the produce-purists, except it turns out that some bloke with his head shaped like a Swede grown outside Pripyat has priced them up as reduced, but they are actually still top notch. That old chestnut…
Of course the band’s name is TINNEDFRUIT not FRESHFRUIT, so all this (bad) humour isn’t really relevant but still, the analogy stands. It will last longer in a tin anyway.
Influences: ‘King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, T Rex, John Lennon, Ty Segall and the Garage Revival movement’
‘Living Room’ has a cracking intro, it’s almost psychedelically led before choppy, Indie/Post-Punk guitars and vocals take over and by this point you can already hear the tell-tell signs of very diverse and transfixing album. For example, there are more genres changes to Grunge and Garage Punk later on within the song, if that wasn’t exemplary enough, I don’t know what is.
‘Like It Want It’ is pure Garage Punk Rock n’ Roll and is so fucking on point it’s unsettling. Unsettling because I just stood up after head banging at my desk and felt somewhat uneasy on my feet. Obviously.
Chilled Surf Rock guitars amble along for the intro of ‘Good’ before a drum-beat reminiscent of Chad Smith makes itself known. The “chill” subsides for a misleading moment from 1:27 to 1:34 before reinstating with that infectious drumming and more defections to Grunge later on.
The band probably get this a lot but there are strong comparisons to be made with The Hives on this release, and if anything that’s a complement, as the band are one of the finest Garage Rock/Garage Punk bands to date. ‘Yours Is Mine’ is a good example but also nods towards psychedelia and Grunge just because it can.
‘All My Friends Are Packaged’ takes it’s down again in it’s verses and up again to slow-riff city in it’s intro and chorus. Lyrically the song is just as entertaining and is an example of the song writing skill of the three-piece – ‘Yoouuuu, you’re looking like a martyr, you wear it like you neeeeed ittt, what exactly do you need?’.
I love the drumming on this album, but the real strength lays within the seamless nature of the music. Each track and each section within each track seems to be completely independent of it’s counterparts, yet at the same time are as arm-in-arm and as coherent as is possible. ‘All’ is a perfect example and also boasts some the best gee-tar work of 2016 and it’s only just turned onto February.
‘Doctor’ (Riff) is another standout number. The best way to describe it would be to imagine Punk-Rock energy, Grunge distortion and friendly (yes friendly) Surf Rock guitar tones, all with a generous dollop of Cage The Elephant and FIDLAR thrown in. Done.
The penultimate number, ‘Spitghoul’ hits that whole Psychedelic Rock and Surf Rock aesthetic, accompanied by a Post-Punk twang and the band’s well established riffage. While the final number, ‘Racecar’, is the longest on the album but with good reason, three musicians completely in-sync is a beautiful thing to see, especially when the band themselves are only upstarts.
This album is perfect. Get it. All relevant links and info are below:
- The bands Facebook page has all your Tinnedfruit related needs.
- The bands previous releases including the b-sides from this release can be on bandcamp for ‘Free’Name Your Price’ download.
- This release can be also be found on bandcamp for the DOWNLOAD price of £2 and £4 for a very pretty hard-copy CD.
- Autonomonster Records, also based in Southwest England, will also be putting out the release for the same prices and formats listed above. Autonomonster put out a small number of Punk and Alternative musicians so do get in contact if you’re in a band or simply check out what the label has to offer and support underground music.
- Autonomonster Records: Facebook – bandcamp – Official Website.