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Turnstile

Turnstile

New Found Glory, Turnstile, This Wild Life, Turnover 

When: Sun., March 22, 6:30 p.m. 2015
Price: sold out
Can you imagine a world in which 311 is considered a highly influential classic-rock band? Because Baltimore’s Turnstile apparently can. On the young hardcore outfit’s newest full-length, Nonstop Feeling (Reaper Records), the group channels the early-90s Omaha rap-metal visionaries, as well as Rage Against the Machine, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Infectious Grooves. A heavy-duty, tough-guy hardcore vibe runs through the record—breakneck tempos and mosh riffs are undoubtedly the band’s bread and butter—but even at its most Madball, Turnstile punctuates the tracks with massive funk-metal influences. Nonstop Feeling opens with DJ scratching (one of the most dated practices thinkable for a rock band in 2015) before kicking into the chunky, bouncy power chords of “Gravity,” while “Can’t Deny It” sounds the most like 311, shifting between spazzy rap verses and superchill, mellow choruses. The album’s first single, “Drop,” starts as blistering classic east-coast hardcore but finishes with a groovy riff that’s topped by smooth whoa-ohs-ohs. And all of this happens before “Out of Rage,” a track that could easily pass for an outtake from Evil Empire. I’m still not sure if Turnstile is good or not—which is probably the main reason I’ve been obsessing—and the fact that it shamelessly sounds like unfashionable 90s bands is too fascinating. So maybe I’m part of the problem? Maybe not. Adding to the bizarreness and hilarity, Turnstile is currently on tour opening for the aging MTV pop-punkers in New Found Glory. —Luca Cimarusti
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