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if it’s too shreddy, it’s guitar masturbation. It needs to sound like a melody...
Baltimore’s Turnstile are one of those bands that ooze energy and vitality. Influenced by old-school hardcore, but taking in slabs of nu-metal, melodic punk and some killer shred leads along the way, their second album Time and space is as diverse as it is powerful.
“All of my guitar heroes are diverse within their style,” says lead player Brady Ebert, who cites Bad Brains’ Dr Know and Leeway’s AJ Novello as influences. “To me they have an originality in the sound of the riffs and they’re combining stuff that wouldn’t usually combine. What they don’t do is pigeonhole themselves.” You can hear it in a song like Generator, which warps riffs from the Madball playbook into a phased, dare we say Korn-like, dreamy middle eight, back to palm-muted punk and then promptly napalms the entire scenario with a short, but sweet shred solo. “If it’s too shreddy it does seem like guitar masturbation,” comments Brady. “So with Turnstile, it needs to sound like a melody as much as a solo.”
The record has been produced by Will Yip, who has previously had a hand in records by Nothing, Code Orange, Title Fight and basically everything interesting on punk’s broad spectrum in the last five years. “I think it’s really easy for him to make someone else feel what he’s feeling,” comments Brady. “I’ve never really had anyone analyse what I was playing so hard and give me direction in the way that he did. It really made me focus.”
Whatever the secret, Time And space is garnering a lot of attention and TG can see why: it’s the most innovative, exciting hardcore record this year, possibly this decade.
“I’m real proud of it,” concludes Brady. “We were trying to make something that felt true to us individually and represented us a whole – I think we accomplished that.”
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