Turnstile is a band that have earned their place in the current hardcore crop through the tried and true methods of DIY ethics and touring hard.
Gaining the attention of Roadrunner records in 2016 after the release of their successful debut album Non Stop Feeling and signing a deal with the label, this, their first album for that label hopefully marks big things to come for the band.
Kicking out the jams with a sense of early garage punk immediacy ‘Real Thing’ is a great introduction to the album with a melodic early 80s stomp accompanied with the urgent running time. Quickly followed up like a left hook with ‘Big Smile’, songs like this are what got kids like me into hardcore. Passionate and immediate, think Circle Jerks or Descendants, bands that had an energy that just had to be shared.
As the album flashes by what is really evident is the sense of musical adventure the band have tackled, from the strange ‘Bomb’ with its thankfully short run time that leads into more Helmet-esque ‘I Don’t Wanna Be Blind’ to the pop punk orientated ‘Moon’ where bassist Franz Lyons takes the mic adding to the poppiness of the song.
But fear not, there are hardcore pit starters all over the album, weaved throughout every track no matter how out there some of the musical ideas seem on first listen through. ‘High Pressure’ is a great example with splashes of keyboard hidden in its energetic output. Examples such as that are everywhere and the short run time of 25 minutes helps in the digestion of the musical experiments that are on show here.
The band have defiantly taken risks on this and it is all the better for it, where some of their contemporaries have attempted and either not taken the right risk at the right time or pushed too far with their experiments in sound, this album trots that fine line with great abandon to a great success. If you ever have ever though yourself a fan of bands such as Helmet, this may just be the modern groove for you.
- Real Thing
- Big Smile
- I Don’t Wanna Be Blind
- High Pressure
- (Lost Another) Piece Of My World
- Can’t Get Away
- Come Back For More/H.O.Y.
- Right To Be
- Time & Space