Fruta Brutal offers an eclectic repertoire of English, Spanish, and Spanglish compositions. The band’s message culminates in the effort to combat racial inequality and injustice. As an Ecuadorian immigrant, I feel it is my duty to create music with the intention of enabling intersections between listeners that wouldn’t otherwise be part of the same audience: English and Spanish speakers, as well as bilingual people, who come together to celebrate being part of the same society through the act of engaging in the artistic realm. I am now focusing on releasing new music that is more accessible to a wider audience. These upcoming singles continue to showcase the synthetic approach of Fruta Brutal, while implementing more modern tendencies. “Just Wait for It”, set to release Sept. 5, 2020, speaks of those who embrace not knowing exactly who they will be once profound change has taken its course within and around them. Given its meaning, and since it’s the first of a series of synth pop singles that I plan to release monthly, “Just Wait for It” is a great introduction for Fruta Brutal’s new direction. However, no matter what shape the music may take, Fruta Brutal will always support the ripening of cultural fruits that move us forward during times of backward brutality. #BLM #ImmigrantsAreBeautiful
Fruta Brutal emerged after my extensive backpacking trip through 6 South American countries, starting in Argentina and ending in Ecuador, my native country. Throughout the trip I came in contact with various styles of Latin-American music, and the history of how these styles have developed and modernized. The musical movements from the 80s that formed as a response to authoritarian military dictatorships, played a key role in the aesthetic development of Latin-American cultures. I was primarily moved by the music of the Tropicalia movement from Brazil. Through the use of musical synthesis, combining afro Brazilian and Latin-American rhythms with the stylistic arrangements of European (Beatlesesque) and North American musicians of the time, the Tropicalistas created music that resisted the authoritarian regime, while being relevant and progressive in the aesthetic landscape of Brazilian and international culture. Artistic movements like Tropicalia, which are born and ripen during turbulent and brutal times of oppression, are what inspired the name Fruta Brutal. A desire to be part of, and support, the ripening of cultural fruits that fight to move us forward during times of backward brutality is the vision behind Fruta Brutal.
New Orleans was the perfect birthing place for Fruta Brutal. The city’s booming, eclectic music scene provided a fertile landscape for me to explore and experiment synthesizing Latin American rhythms with current alternative rock and pop tendencies. I found 4 talented musicians that were eager to help me breathe life into these experiments and early compositions. After releasing our first EP, ¡Viva!, in 2018, we performed at New Orleans’ iconic Tipitina’s, and opened for the nationally acclaimed bilingual band – Making Movies – for their “Immigrants are Beautiful” Tour. Shortly after these performances, however, I decided to move to Colorado to be closer to my family and, in doing so, found new musicians for Fruta Brutal. Though the transition has been challenging, we’ve had great opportunities to showcase Fruta Brutal’s bilingual repertoire, including performances at the Fox Theatre, the Colorado Latinx Festival, the Boulder International Film Festival, and the Lafayette Youth Advisory Commission’s annual Martin Luther King and Cesar Chavez Celebrations. Fruta Brutal was booked to open for the Grammy Award winning band – Bacilos – at the Summit in Denver on April 12, 2020, but, due to the Pandemic, the Bacilos tour was postponed until further notice. This was a huge let down for me. I grew up listening to Bacilos! Even still, after a couple weeks of depression resulting from this and other pandemic related music cancellations, I bought my own recording software and equipment and have been recording new songs at home and collaborating remotely with a producer and a drummer, both of whom are based in New Orleans.
Fruta Brutal stands for supporting the ripening of cultural fruits that move us forward during times of backward brutality. Black Lives Matter, Immigrants Are Beautiful.
– Martín Better Longo