Turnstile Seek World Domination on ‘Move Thru Me’ EP
Assuming you haven't been sleeping under a rock for the past six years, you've probably heard of Turnstile, the Baltimore hardcore band that's been taking pits by storm all around the globe. Fronted by Brendan Yates of Trapped Under Ice fame, the crew's blend of downbeat grooves, rapped verses and boisterous breakdowns simultaneously evokes the glory days of ’90s hardcore and the leaden alt-rock of Rage Against the Machine. They're quite possibly the biggest band of their kind right now, largely due to their rowdy shows: batshit bacchanals attended by hundreds of fans eager to stage-dive and smother each other in the name of punk rock. (The shows are super positive and fun, provided you don't wander too close to the stage.)
It was only a matter of time before bigger labels took notice of Turnstile — and notice they did. Yates and company recently signed with Roadrunner (home to Slipknot, Gojira and, most notoriously, Nickelback) for a full-length all but certain to solidify their crossover success. Before then, they'll self-release a new EP titled Move Thru Me. As with the songs on last year's Nonstop Feeling LP, the project's three new cuts indicate a heightened focus on melodic hooks and stompy sing-alongs, but they haven't lost an inch of footing where their hardcore roots are concerned. The 7" concludes with a cover of Give's "Fuck Me Blind," featuring a vocal assist from Kiley Lotz of Scranton grunge outfit Petal.
Speaking with NPR, the band described the EP's recording process as uplifting. "It felt really good making these songs," they said, adding, "There's so many inspiring individuals creating things or just being humans, and this singles EP was just a reflection on the importance of letting those things or people just inspire you and experiencing things fully; no physical, sexual, musical genre, world barriers." (They conclude the press release with an entreaty for audiences to check out the aforementioned D.C. rock band Give — a great suggestion.)
Listen to Turnstile's boundary-defying EP in full below, and scroll down for an itinerary of their upcoming North American tour. Don't be surprised if these guys are running the world within a few years' time.
Turnstile's Move Thru Me EP is out September 26 via the band's own label, Pop Wig.
TURNSTILE on TOUR
Oct. 13 — Toronto, Ontario @ Various Toronto
Oct. 26 — Cambridge, MA @ Hardcore Stadium #
Oct. 27 — Brooklyn, NY @ Sunnyvale $
Oct. 28 — Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church $
Oct. 29 — Washington, DC @ St. Stephens $
Oct. 30 — Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Live $
Oct. 31 — St. Petersburg, FL @ Local 662 $
Nov. 2 — New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa *
Nov. 3 — Houston, TX @ Walter's Downtown *
Nov. 4 — Austin, TX @ Sound On Sound Fest *
Nov. 5 — El Paso, TX @ Low Brow Palace
Nov. 6 — Phoenix, AZ @ Nile Theatre @ The Underground
Nov. 8 — Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room !
Nov. 9 — Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom !
Nov. 10 — Chula Vista, CA @ The Industry !
Nov. 11 — Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro Operahouse !
# with Fury
$ with Angel Du$t, Fury, Big Bite and Krimewatch
* with Angel Du$t, Big Bite, Krimewatch
! with Lock