TURNSTILE

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Live Reviews -

HOUSE OF VANS, LON­DON

There’s some­thing un­be­liev­ably frus­trat­ing about go­ing to see a band that you know, that you can see, are a truly great live band, but just not be­ing able to fully ap­pre­ci­ate the ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause of is­sues that are com­pletely out of their con­trol. Over the last year there has sel­dom been a more ex­hil­a­rat­ing place to be than at a TurnsTiLe show, but this evening there is a nasty el­e­ment of hos­til­ity in the crowd, with fights break­ing out, it be­ing un­com­fort­ably over­crowded and with the long, hol­low venue mak­ing their usu­ally crisp, crunch­ing alt-hard­core float off into the ether in the places where it would usu­ally crack you straight be­tween your eyes. That be­ing said, those at the very front of the crowd seem to be hav­ing a glo­ri­ous time, and with songs from this year’s stun­ning Time And Space al­bum be­ing chucked out with at least dou­ble the en­ergy of their recorded coun­ter­parts, you can see that Turnstile are in no way let­ting the odd sit­u­a­tion af­fect what they need to do. It’s just a shame that not ev­ery­one present here tonight has the same ex­pe­ri­ence.

STEPHEN HILL

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