Wild Fruit Art Collective set out to make every year less banal than the last. From early beginnings playing in Huddersfield with a hair metal band with wireless guitars on a stage about 5 feet wide, to recording sessions with Kristian Bell (The Wytches) and working on shows with Trashmouth Records (home to Fat White Family, Meatraffle, Madonnatron).
The everything in between involves touring around the UK spreading their brand of noisey, doom-laden cynicism while harvesting the minds of the pure. Whether its a gig outside John Lewis in Liverpool wearing McDonald's wrappers for masks or a half improvised set in a basement, dressed as posh tory ladies with a passing pirate who was persuaded to get on stage, Wild Fruit have done everything the hard way until their guitar player's lung collapsed...twice.
In the moments when the lung was healthy, Wild Fruit have played alongside The Wytches, Bo Ningen, Goat Girl, Madonnatron, Taman Shud and have performed several shows with the legendary Patrick Lyons on spoken word duties (famed for his "weirdest speech at NME awards" YouTube video) as well as festival slots at Sound City 2017 and the mainstage at WRONG fest 2017. The follow up to their fish-punching debut music video "Wishful" was released in March 2017, when they released their first single "Under The Hooves". With three new singles planned for release in early 2018, next year will certainly be less banal than this one.
The above exploits have led to a cult of people getting the Wild Fruit Art Collective logo tattooed to themselves for life. Here's what some of them had to say:
"Wild Fruit Art Collective could easily be taken for perverted aural sex freaks, which is exactly what they are. They sound like a group of belligerent punk monks who want you under their robes. Do not resist" - Madonnatron
"Wild Fruit Art Collective are a loose, musically anarchic band from Liverpool playing dark, slightly chaotic music. The band fill the venue they play with all encompassing sound. It is an immersive experience" - Louder Than War
"Four ket wigs and a pack of Carling" - Getintothis
"This would wreck your head if you were bongo'd" - Jamie's Dad
Band members: Jamie Robers (lead vocals, guitar), Ben Cowie (bass, backing vocals), Conor Jones (lead guitar), Jake Jones (drums).