“Cut a Grapefruit in half and use your imagination…viva la vulva!” explains Ange, the front-woman of female and LGBT-fronted band ‘Grapefruit’. Characterised by epic drums, silky vocals and seductive hooks, this five-piece from Kent sound as sensual as her depiction of the fruit they’re named after. Initially a duo, Grapefruit has grown organically over the past two years and though very much still in its infancy, their distinguished, slick sound would have you believing otherwise.
Grapefruit boast a strong, female vocalist at their stern, who fondly remembers her first CD as being a compilation of independent, power-women including Pink and Avril Lavigne. Ange grew up with a dad who loves pop punk and a mum “that didn’t understand or like English music” – but who would sing in Chinese in all day long. Perhaps it was her musical upbringing or the fact that between them, the band has an extensive range of musical tastes (ska, hardcore metal, indie and Frank Sinatra!) that owes them their unique sound and sense of self. Whatever it is, it works.
Romantically written in a cabin by a riverbank, their new single ‘Soak’ explores the feeling of dissociating. “We live in a world that is so overwhelmingly chaotic and cluttered that you can lose yourself as life rushes past” explains Ange; a concept they bring to life by pairing drowsy vocals with powerful, pulsing drums. Vocally, Soak is soft and caressing, though the track itself manifests the same kind of intoxicating recklessness as a nightclub romance – hazy, exciting and flooded with urgency. It’s a song oozing with intensity whilst still encompassing an introspective calm – maybe a stamp of the idyllic setting it was created in.
This young, alternative band, who proudly represent the LGBT community, seem posed to take on festivals and stadiums alike. For fans of Warpaint, The XX and The Smiths, catch them in and around Kent this Summer, starting with Faversham Beer Festival on 26th July.
Author: Sian Williams