Hello My Name Is: Yes Giantess, The Duke and the King, Turbo Fruits

“Giant” porn, Huck Finn, and gambling have all lent a hand in helping today’s artists choose their band name. With a combination like that, I’ll skip the formalities and just get to the origins.

Neon Gold have been mining Massachusetts for pop diamonds as of late. Passion Pit’s single “Sleepyhead” panned out to be a success, and now the label is hoping the same for Boston’s Yes Giantess. The group obviously wants you to dance, evidenced by the impeccably placed clap track and sugary sweet cries of “baby” from their single “Tuff ‘n Stuff.” What the group doesn’t want, is for you to send them hate mail cause you couldn’t get your rocks off to one of their videos. Jan Rosenfeld explains:

“We picked the name because of this hilarious concept based on this video of a real life giantess denying this little man entrance from his home, and it just became this funny inside joke for us, and we just went with it. And then the next thing we know we were having thousands and thousands of people mistaking us for giant fetish pornographers. Our YouTube videos were getting an unprecedented amount of plays, and we were trying to figure it out. It was hilarious. We’d get hate mail, because when people want to see a giantess, they fucking want to see a giantess. We added the “Yes” to our name cause a band in Canada had the same name. They’re not a band anymore. Haven’t been a band for years, but their label still owns the name. Also, thousands of people were searching for porn and coming up with our name. It was kind of funny because people would get really pissed off.”

Yes Giantess Tour Dates
Oct 8     Thekla – Bristol, England
Oct 9     Warwick University – Coventry, England
Oct 10   Civic Hall Bar – Wolverhampton, England
Oct 12   Waterfront – Norwich, England
Oct 13   Koko – London, England
Oct 14   Concorde – Brighton, England

Simone Felice drummed with The Felice Brothers back when they would busk for loot underground at subway stations in Greenwich Village. After finding some success, Simone was starting to feel the winds of change, when he and his girlfriend unexpectedly lost a baby during pregnancy. With the brevity of life thrust upon him, Simone followed his heart and left the band to find a new musical direction. He hooked up with an old friend, Robert “Chicken” Burke, and the pair holed themselves up in a cabin in the woods with a copy of Huckleberry Finn to keep them entertained.

They borrowed the name, The Duke and The King, from Mark Twain’s pages. The characters are roaming grifters who pretend to be European royalty (bad accents and all), and later stage an obscene play that forces them to leave town and eventually gets them tar and feathered. The name is a kind of reminder for them to keep it honest, which they do wondrously on their new album, Nothing Gold Can Stay.

The Duke and The King Tour Dates
Oct 22   East Brunswick Club – Melbourne, Victoria
Oct 23   Notes Live – Sydney, New South Wales
Nov 7     Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble (SOLD OUT!) – Woodstock, New York
Nov 21   The Ruby Lounge – Manchester, England
Nov 22   THE Scala – London, England

Listening to Turbo Fruits gives you the image that the trio have been devouring supersonic strawberries from their own stand. After singing about not having enough grass on their first record, I guess success has provided a stable hook up. Maybe they’re able to buy bountiful bags of produce cause of their winnings from slots. It’s a theory that formed after Jonas Stein explained how he hit the jackpot and won the band’s name:

“We were on tour in Scotland, and they had these really cheap one pound gambling games. It’s almost like a video game, but you just put in a pound coin, press some buttons and some lights flash up. Sometimes you win, but usually you lose. Anyways, I won for the first time and lights came on and flashed all around the machine. A picture came down on the machine, that had some berries and some fruits next to it, and it said “turbo fruit”. I thought if I pluralized it, that it would be a good band name.”

Turbo Fruits Tour Dates (with Monotonix)
Oct 9     Santos House Party – NYC, NY
Oct 10   Market Hotel – Brooklyn, NY
Oct 11   First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA
Oct 13   Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington D.C.
Oct 14   Plaza Bowl – Richmond, VA
Oct 15   Pour House – Raleigh, NC

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– Phillip Nguyen


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