United Fruit are getting ready to release their EP Nightmare, Recovery. The band are currently streaming the title track, so we caught up with them to find out a bit more about it. Additionally, you can check out the song in full below!
You’re currently streaming the title track from your upcoming EP Nightmare, Recovery. What’s the story behind the track?
It’s about finding yourself in a dark place but then breaking out of it. I think the music really sums those feelings up. It has these little reflective moments but ends with this big triumphant euphoria. It was one of the first things we recorded when we went into the studio so it feels like the band is really into it on the recording.
What made you choose this track to stream?
It’s just a big, punchy tune. For people that maybe don’t know the band or aren’t aware of anything we’ve done previously, it’s a good entry point. The song has elements of everything that you hear in our other tunes in some way – big riffs, pop hooks, frantic drums and shoegaze elements, condensed into a few minutes. We don’t release anything that we’re not 100% behind and this seemed like the right track to come back with.
What has the response been like for it so far?
The response has been great. I suppose we always get nervous to some degree before we put a track out. You have no idea if people will like it, but people have got behind it. We’ve played it in our live set for a bit now and it seems to be one that the audience really digs. It’s got a few different styles happening in it so I suppose it keeps people’s interest.
Would you say Nightmare, Recovery is a good indication of what fans can expect from the EP?
Yeah, I would say so but every song has a different vibe. The songs feel more direct than some things we’ve done in the past. The production helps – we wanted a bigger sound on these recordings that we had on our first album. Bruce Rintoul produced it and nailed the sound we were after. The songs definitely follow more solid structures and are more melodic than other things we’ve done in the past. Iskandar is showing off his voice more with these tracks too. He’s really going for it on this EP.
Can you describe the writing and recording process for the EP as a whole?
Writing starts with Iskandar who will either have a complete song or part of a song. For the tracks on the EP, we demoed them at home when we had the basic structure. Once we had the demos recorded we just let them sink in a bit. We play them live and if somethings not feeling right we’ll change it about. It’s pretty much how we always approach new songs. Things still got rearranged by the time we got into the studio though. When you finally hear it in the studio you start picking up on little things that you want to change. I think we thought about our parts a little more on this record. Trying to retain our noise stuff but still trying to be melodic as possible too.
And what is in store for United Fruit in 2016?
Lots! The plan is just to play as many shows as possible. We just want to be out on tour all the time. It’s the best part of being in a band for us. Going new places and meeting different people. We always have a great time when we’re on stage so we just want to live in that moment constantly.