Tuesday, October 28, 2008

This Flag Signals Get High: Turbo Fruits

Posted By on Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 9:08 AM

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Last Friday, Turbo Fruits played a little CMJ "sideshow" thingy in New York. In the video you can see that Turbo Bass Guitar Max has draped a Tennessee flag over his bass amp.

Now, I know that displays of regional pride—though in my mind more by city than state—have their history in rock music, but I've always thought bands from Ohio took that shit more seriously. Recently, The Black Keys brought that big inflatable tire with the Buckeye State's name on it to The Ryman. Swearing at Motorists always pin up the dandy old Ohio flag behind them when they play. (It also features prominently on their album This Flag Signals Goodbye.)

Is there a discernible identity for Tennessee bands that really means anything and that Turbo Fruits can claim stake to? Or is it just that the TN flag looks cool hanging over the ol' Ampeg cabinet? Because it does.

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