Release Date: Feb 23, 2018
Record label: Roadrunner Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal
Across a series of EPs and debut full-length 'Nonstop Feeling', Baltimore's Turnstile have made a name as one of the most exciting hardcore bands on the planet. Second offering 'Time & Space' hammers the point home, and is a huge hammer-blow. A world of influences, peppered with interludes and tangents, 'Time & Space' defies expectations at every turn.
Since the release of Turnstile's debut, Nonstop Feeling, the Baltimore group toured for months on end both in the hardcore scene and on diverse support slots for rock acts like the Story So Far, Basement and Turnover. Their latest musical statement, Time & Space, speaks to their expanding audience in ways that are primarily infectious. The second single, "Generator," is a case in point; a precisely sweet blend of '90s alternative rock and New York hardcore.
As furious and ferocious as ever, Turnstile are back for another two-step fest - bringing huge party vibes to 'Time & Space'. The Baltimore hardcore crew follow up their beloved 2015 debut full-length 'Nonstop Feeling' with an equally intense 13 tracks, dragging the best elements of 20th Century punk into the modern world. Songs like the eclectic 'Generator' help them avoid generic pitfalls, while the likes of 'Big Smile' and the title track maintain the fast pace and mosh-heavy impact most hardcore fans hunger for, while showing off the band's creative palette.
S uch is the tip-off for 2015’s Nonstop Feeling, the emblematic full-length debut from Baltimore hardcore outfit Turnstile. A sporty spin on mainstay hardcore gang vocals, the opening chant feels like a team hyping each other up before hitting the court. It’s a spirit of camaraderie that’s refreshingly amongst the group, not just the singer addressing the listener.
Since their 2010 inception, Baltimore, Maryland's Turnstile have risen to be quite possibly the most hyped hardcore-punk act in at least a decade. To some extent, it's not hard to see why given both older fans of the genre will appreciate their clear odes to the likes of Madball or Bad Brains, while younger fans will mostly just be excited that their generation of "the kids" are still actively continuing this fairly static scene. If one still has the youthful energy required to appreciate it, then Turnstile are a worthy torchbearer.
Turnstile's fans--at least in the colorful imagination of their haters--are a legion of spin-kicking sycophants splayed akimbo in mid-air devotion, cheering the thrash-funk and rap-rock that surely no savvy hardcore fan misses. But the Baltimore-anchored five-piece deserves credit for riling these hardcore purists, who often sound like musical xenophobes when they decry outside influence. The backlash against the group also seems to stem from the presumption that the popular and resonant music of one's adolescence--in this case, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deftones, and 311--is categorically irredeemable as an adult.
Turnstile are a band that I struggled to get into, I admit. But in time, they wore on me. And looking back I realized that I took way too fucking long to be won over. Seriously. It's really something to be enjoying a band this much now and in retrospect, you're scratching your head as to why you ….
If you had to hear about Turnstile from people like us, it's already too late. Similar to their newly Grammy-nominated labelmates Code Orange, Turnstile's major label debut arrives necessitating a swift recap about how they "swiftly rose the DIY hardcore ranks" or are "really big with the kids. " Because it involves aggressive music played with guitars, theirs was a youth movement critics always condescend toward, if not ignore, and are thus in the worst position to explain its appeal--at least until records like Time & Space, which integrate more respectable influences and are reflexively used to highlight the limitations of their earlier work.