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Editors’ Notes

If Be Your Own Pet’s manic, youthful energy wears you out a bit, this side project by BYOP vocalist Jonas Stein and drummer John Eatherley might provide the breathing space you need. Where BYOP merely provides hints of downtime, Turbo Fruits take liberally from the MC5, Black Sabbath and the Stooges playbooks to infuse heavy, head-banging guitar thrash with the kind of pacing and structure that allows the chaos to be crafted into fully-formed songs with clever, agile hooks;  waves of sweaty, metal-punk-blues noise wash over the listener, propelled by rhythm and melody directed with clear purpose. “No Drugs to Use” is pretty much unintelligible but you sing along anyway, drummer Turbo Max (Peebles) bashing away with precision and power. “Volcano” starts as a slow, Sabbath-y dirge, and builds to a bluesy, fuzzed-out joy-ride, while “Ramblin Rose” tries to snatch the crown from Wolf Mother and the White Stripes for Best ‘70s Rock Vocal Impersonation. “Poptart” reaches for the deepest bottom it can find in the bass, and less than two minutes later morphs into the slithery “I’m Excited,” full of slippery guitars and, one assumes, hormone-driven hope for a fulfilling end.  Suffice to say, Iggy would be proud of this young trio.

Customer Reviews

I Got Away With Murder

I like this band, and this debut album from them is pretty good. It should be noted that the guitarist and vocalist, Jonas Stein, and the drummer John Eatherly, both play in the band be your own PET which is hands down my favorite band. Turbo Fruits definitely sounds different from byop. First of all, you can really hear the classic rock influences, especially in songs like Ramblin' Rose. Also, they have a more garage rock sound and are a little bit more, I don't know how to explain it, but kind of more old metalish. But the songs rock, even though they sound just a little bit similar, which is just one downside. The musicians are very talented too. In most rock bands the listener is drawn to the guitar or vocals, because that's what we hear stand out. That does not apply here. Of course, Jonas Stein is great at guitars and singing but I actually really hear the drums stand out and I find myself listening to the drumming mostly. Maybe even one of the best drummers I've heard this summer, John Eatherly just pounds away at the drums without hesitation and completely pulls the songs together. The songs I recommend for downloading are Murder, Volcano, and Ramblin Rose. I am positive, however, that if you liked music from 1967 then you will definitely enjoy this album. It has been playing non-stop in my house ever since it came out. AND ITUNES - THE DRUMMER IS JOHN EATHERLY NOT MAX PEEBLES. Max is the bassisst. Recommended For: - Classic rock fans - Garage rock fans - Indie kids (but not the soft crybaby indie kids, the cool ones)

Tennessee, Baby

Turbo Fruits! As if Be Your Own Pet wasn't enough, now this is happening. And it rawks.

Ear Candy

This band rips your ears apart and puts them back in the place they were meant to be. Each riff brings you to the "volcano" and you will be saying we shouldn't "fight this". No need to think about not playing it straight thorugh to "the ballad". Carry on Turbo Fruits! Carry on!

Biography

Formed: 2006 in Nashville, TN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The Southern-fried punk project of guitarist/vocalist Jonas Stein, Turbo Fruits formed while Stein was still in the band Be Your Own Pet. The earliest version of Turbo Fruits also included Be Your Own Pet drummer John Eatherly; the duo added bassist Max Peebles for its self-titled debut, which was released in 2006 in the U.K. and the following year in the U.S. via Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace! label. Stein continued the band after Be Your Own Pet folded in 2008, adding bassist Wes Traylor and...
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