Grapefruit Record Club is back in business. We want to thank The Dead C for giving us the amazing The Twelfth Spectacle set to release in 2014. We thought it would be our swan song but it turned into a spark that reignited the label. Our new plan is to release records one at a time instead of doing our annual 4xLP series and we have also expanded to include distributed records from other kindred independent labels. We're excited about all the changes happening around here!
Our first new release will be an album of new material from the amazing The Garbage and the Flowers sometime later this year! See their bio at the bottom of this message.
Grapefruit has a webstore now full of great independent records from other labels. Please check out our new site and consider ordering some of your favorite releases from us. We may start small but we'll be adding new releases every month. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to suggest titles you'd like us to carry or labels you think we should investigate and we'll do what we can to add to our growing catalog. If you've been waiting to purchase any of the sixteen limited edition Grapefruit titles from 2011-2014, now is a good time to do it as we are nearly sold out of several titles and getting low on others. Especially low are the Lambchop, Richard Youngs, Baird Sisters, and 200 Years records.
Coming in 2015, a new album from The Garbage & The Flowers! Stay tuned.
The Garbage & The Flowers biography:
The story of The Garbage & The Flowers, by some measure Wellington's most brilliant pop band, is equal parts classic underground rock'n'roll and a hazy ramshackle history pockmarked with bursts of genius and stoned rehearsals.
Rare is it for any band to garner so much underground acclaim whilst leading such a nebulous existence. A small handful of releases, compilation appearances and few live shows make for a curious stop/start history. Tension can produce the goods and tension was what watered The Garbage and the Flowers.
Yuri Frusin (guitar, songwriting) and Helen Johnstone (viola, vocals, now bass) met in their teens sometime in the 1980s.
As Frusin recalls, 'Helen and I met when we were 16 or 17 and practically one of our first conversations went something like: "I want to be in a band and I want to be in a band too!" Of course, at the time being in a band seemed like an almost unattainable prize. Naming themselves after a line in Leonard Cohen's Suzanne and taking cues from the Velvet Underground, the band has existed in some shape or form since, with help from Paul Yates, Heath Cozen, Torben Tilly, Rachel Davies, Kristen Wineera, and Stuart Porter.
When asked recently about the group, occasional drummer Tilly offers a particularly apt description of their sound: 'What I loved about the music we created is that it sounded like it had come from somewhere faraway, that it had traveled a lot of distance and gathered some dust and debris along the way. That said, despite its unhinged qualities we were never really a noise-band even though some strange and beautiful electromagnetic noise would make it to tape. Most of the time it was all deeply rooted in a song.'
This, of course, is one of the greatest parts of The Garbage & The Flowers charm. They really did seem out there, on their own, absorbed in their own world, dropping gem after gem of fractal noise-pop onto slowly corroding four-track cassettes, willing these songs into existence just long enough to let them catch breath and glide away from the speakers for a few moments, before Frusin and Johnstone would knuckle down and write yet more beautiful melodies for beautiful losers.