LOCAL BAND GETS “SANDWICHED”
By: Khethukuthula Lembethe
Fruits and Veggies is a Ska/afro-punk/indie band from the depths of Umbilo in Durban which plays music that’s full of attitude, in your face and music that is energetic and fun.
The band originally started in 2006 and are notorious for being wild and belligerent on and off stage, making a not so great reputation for themselves but have proved their worth with their powerful performances and good catchy song writing.
The two original members are Purity on vocals and Loopy on bass. James, on guitar, has been a long-standing member and Cameron joined the band in early 2012 and also plays the guitar, the current drummer is I-AM.
The band got an opportunity to feature on a television show, Jam Sandwich, on SABC 2. Jam Sandwich is a reality show where they get two different bands, musicians or singers of different genres to collaborate and make a song together over a three day period, the result is that they must have a studio recording of the collaborated song at the end of the three days.
JournalismIziko spoke to band member Cameron Lofstrand (guitarist) on his and the bands experience on Jam Sandwich.
“I felt the experience on the show was quite frustrating because we were chosen to collaborate with an artist/singer named Holly, and the type of music she makes is house and I hate house music. But I didn’t mind collaborating with her; I was open to what she had to offer and to changing our style. But the only thing I didn’t want to compromise was the real drum. In my opinion we should have only used real drums I would not settle for synthesized beats as she suggested,” says Lofstrad.
When asked about what he thought of the collaboration as the days went on he responded, “On the second day the song had become this slow, poppy, boring progression with house beats fueling the rhythm, I was not happy with it.”
Lofstrad seemed very disappointed with the final product of the collaboration. “Much to my dismay we did not end up using real drums for the beat and when it came to recording the song, it was an easy process because the song had become a watered down easy on the ears piece that had no depth or real emotion, not a technical piece of music,” he said.
Very indecisive about his overall experience on the show and with the collaboration, he shows his discontent with the song they made. “Eventually we completed the recording and went our separate ways both sides feeling probably somewhat disheartened. The experience I admit was fun and interesting because there is never a dull moment with the Fruits and Veggies and when there cameras are around us some hilarious things can happen.”
Even though he wasn’t too happy with the outcome of the collaboration, Lofstrad still applauded the show for the opportunity and experience.
“After watching the show, I felt that the Jam Sandwich producers had portrayed the events and our collaboration accurately and had made an entertaining show. I still feel the song we made didn’t meet my expectations though,” says Lofstrad.