If you go
What: Turbo Fruits with Indigenous Robot
When: 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Moe's Barbecue (South), 3295 S. Broadway, Denver, 303-781-0412
Cost: $8-$10
Rolled up black jeans reveal a massive shin bruise. A shirtless guy laughs on the floor, holding a joint. Another hugs human-sized magenta dinosaur.

These are the photos of Turbo Fruits on tour, sprinkled in among shots of cheering crowds, venue signs, pizza and barbecue restaurants, and leaping guitar players. The Nashville garage rock group has been on tour since mid-April, opening for Deer Tick and headlining their own shows along the way. It's safe to say the band is having fun and behaving exactly the way young garage rockers should.

“It's a pretty 360-degree emotional experience to be on the road with Turbo Fruits,” frontman Jonas Stein said. “We all love each other and fight a lot and get rowdy. Anyone who runs into us on the road in our prime is going to have an interesting time.


We tend to get into some shit on tour.”

Partying aside, Turbo Fruits spends a lot of time eating. They're like the rock ‘n' roll version of foodies, tracking down New Jersey's best pizza, Austin's juiciest barbecue or Lousiana-style crawfish in Nashville. They record in all in pictures and videos to sit on the band blog alongside of the bruises and beers.

“We like to eat a lot on tour, check out the local spots.
Indigenous Robot’s hand-painted vinyl.
Indigenous Robot's hand-painted vinyl. ( Picasa )
We're trying this new thing where we're going to make videos of the places we eat and us cooking,” Stein said. “I've always wanted to make a cooking show, but never had the time to.”

It's hard to tell whether he's kidding about the cooking show dreams, but the half-seriousness seems to be his approach to music, too. He takes it seriously, putting in the work to have a successful career, but he's also clearly aware that much of his job is a big party.

Stein is the foundation of Turbo Fruits. The band's current incarnation is completely different from when he started bringing musicians together in 2006. Original members eventually left because they weren't as committed as Stein.

“I'd gone through a couple lineups in the past and I found one that was really solid and really committed. Up until this current lineup, I was always the oldest and now I'm the youngest,” Stein said. “We're still immature as fuck, but we are pretty mature in enough ways to keep moving forward.”

Turbo Fruits' next album, Butter, is due out late this summer and it'll be the band's first full-length record since 2009's Echo Kid. It's unmistakably garage rock -- no additional descriptors or genres to tack on. Everything about Turbo Fruits is loud, grungy and furiously charging forward.

“Most of [Butter] was written by the latest lineup and I think that's probably one of the reasons it took so long between albums. Now we're ready for this album to come out, and now we're proud of it and we're ready to start kicking out some new jams after that.”

There's the tour to focus on first, which chugs along at a furious pace until it wrap up in Boston on June 15. After that, Stein said they'll take the summer to start working on the next album. He's hoping to have another LP to release within a year.

“We're on a fast track right now and I think the world will be hearing much more of Turbo Fruits”

Indigenous Robot open with a psychedelic twist

A brand new Denver band called Indigenous Robot will open for Turbo Fruits at Moe's Barbecue this Saturday, warming up the audience with a different brand of garage rock.

The trio -- Elyse Elam on keys, Kyle South on guitar and vocals, and Ryan Longenecker on drums -- bring a psychedelic, funky sound to garage rock with influences like Grand Funk Railroad, The Doors and Jimi Hendrix.

“I've always been passionate about music of the past, if you will,” South said. “My personal opinion is that a lot of music these days lacks the human groove and swing of things.”

They've been playing together for about one year, but they only started gigging out in January. Opening for Turbo Fruits will be their third show as a band. Indigenous Robot spent the last year working on crafting the best sound and show they can, and putting together albums in a somewhat old-school way.

The trio hand-painted 69 12-inch and 40 seven-inch vinyl records, along with the sleeves, to hold the Indigenous Robot CDs.

“Iit's just everything moves so fast now with MP3s and online presence. We wanted to create something that's tangible,” South said. “We're all passionate abotu vinyls to begin with and we thought it was a unique way to adapt and get people talking about it.”

Get to Moe's in time to catch Indigenous Robot play ahead of Turbo Fruits, and check out the merch table for the one-of-a-kind album art.