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Future Is Now: Turnover


Future Is Now: Turnover

For our regular Future Is Now column we profile the hottest artists who are climbing the charts, breaking the Internet or just dominating our office stereos.

SOUNDS LIKE: A Nineties indie dream with a punk rock heart

FOR FANS OF: Death Cab For Cutie, Alvvays, Wild Nothing

WHY YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION: Turnover singer-guitarist Austin Getz remembers the moment he was first bitten by the music bug. "I was in the car on my way to school, I was in first grade, and 'All the Small Things' by Blink-182 came on, and I'd never been affected by anything like it."

Fast forward to the end of high school, and Getz and his family have moved from New Orleans to Virginia, and that first taste of punk rock has turned into an obsession.

With brother and drummer Casey and bassist Danny Dempsey, Getz formed Turnover as a 16-year-old in 2009 (his brother was 14), and by 2012 they'd hit the road hard. "We were a broken record for a long time,"he says. "'Oh yeah! We'll do a seven-week tour in the summer! We'll do a four-week tour in the winter, in a van making no money!'"

2013 debut album Magnolia stayed true to their DIY emo-punk roots, but their breakthrough came when they eased off the distortion in favour of lusher, dreamier, indie flavours on 2015's Peripheral Vision, introducing them to a broader audience in the process. The "very transformative" period that came with the success of the record was one of the main influences on Turnover's new album, this month's Good Nature, a record that continues the band's love affair with chiming, intertwined guitars and driving indie rhythms, combined with Getz's searching lyrics. Experimentation with LSD and mushrooms around the launch of Peripheral Vision "started triggering certain new... thoughts", forcing him to challenge much of what he was brought up believing. "I think for the next couple of years I spent a lot of time trying to figure that stuff out, and [on the new album] there are a lot of songs based around that."

THEY SAY: "I think musicians have a platform, and it is something that's so intimate to a lot of people, and I just didn't want to write songs about nothing anymore," says Getz of the new LP. "I wanted to be like, people are going to be listening to this, and this is the energy I want to put out into the world. I want it to be something I feel passionate about. So I tried to imbue everything I was feeling into the songs."

HEAR FOR YOURSELF: The earwormy "Super Natural" channels the sound of a blissful summer's day.


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