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Exotic Fruitica releases new album "Cruel" via Mr. Pink Records

Influenced heavily by a revival of early 90s post-hardcore, attributed to bands like Metz, and modern day post-punkers Viagra Boys and Crows, this Texas punk outfit is harnessing their own explosive sound with grit and attitude.


Exotic Fruitica was formed in Austin Texas, in 2022 by guitarist/vocalist Jon French and drummer Aaron Gilligan, two longtime friends. French and Gilligan waited nearly thirteen years to write together again, since their first indie project in 2009.


Gilligan, a citizen of New Zealand, applied for the green card lottery twelve times before finally winning his ticket to the US of A. In August of 2021, during the height of the covid 19 pandemic, Gilligan permanently relocated to Texas and the band has since expanded to a trio with the addition of Charlie Cruz on lead guitar.


Their first studio album is available on all streaming plataforms via Mr. Pink Records. The compressed fuzz sounds, noise, and driving drum beats on their freshman album, “Cruel,” would be more likely found in the DIY clubs of New York, Berlin, Toronto, London or Stockholm, not in Austin, Tx where the band now calls home.


Influenced heavily by a revival of early 90s post-hardcore, attributed to bands like Metz, and modern day post-punkers Viagra Boys and Crows, this Texas punk outfit is harnessing their own explosive sound with grit and attitude, with an unhinged vocal style, absurd lyrics, and violent drums that are propelled by pitch bending guitars that stab and pulse against the beating kick drum. This is not music for the faint of heart or those looking for predictability.



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