Fruit LoOops are the current flagship art-punk band of the midwest. Combining manic live and digital percussion, frazzled keyboards, and wind synthesizer with unhinged vocals and theatrical performance art, they have made a name for themselves by creating a live show experience you must see to believe.
The group formed when front woman Jackie Switzer had a nightmare about peeling fruit into contact mics and using kitchen equipment in the audience at a local open mic night. She then posted it to an online dream journal collective and some local musicians wanted to make it happen IRL.
Over the next five years, the group has since evolved into a psycho-pop dynamo. Taking influence from reality TV, car accidents, Possession, the supernatural, Fedsmoker, and Kate Bush, the band makes white-hot explosions of songs, and pairs them with performance art that can take the form of a “Wizard Infomercial”, a recreation of Titanic, or anything and everything in between.
“Best Dadaist Live Set: [..] Fruit LoOops are a band that relishes in bending the rules. Pushing the anarchic spirit of late-’70s Punk acts like The Raincoats or Swell Maps to abstract extremes, the band thrashes, skronks and squeals with reckless abandon, making dissonant music that values energy over melody. The band’s Dadaist live sets are not to be missed — a recent show at MOTR Pub featured a performer dressed as a cat, who threw yarn at the audience while climbing a cardboard cutout of a tree.” (Cincinnati CityBeat news – Best of 2022 Lists)