‘LA was doing the Lo-Fi thing. When we wrote Gone a lot of us had already done the Lo-Fi thing. We decided it was more important for us to be different and turn the tables and record the EP as it sounds rather than try and sound Lo-Fi or whatever. We already had been there and done that. Guess what? Shoegaze, dreampop, and 80/90's indie seems to be high fashion these days. That doesn't mean we won’t turn the tables once again’.
- The Turns
Reading that opening comment sounds like it could have been uttered by the Californian Liam Gallagher. The Turns are a rock and roll band from LA who talk the talk, as you’ll soon find out, but does it mean that they walk the walk too?
That’s an opening which could annoy a lot of bands, but I think we’re safe here. The Turns recently released their latest EP Gone to the sound of the psychedelic 60s (not that you can label psychedelia; as you’ll soon find out), John Lennon fringe bobs, and a range of colourful shirts backed by an extra unusually shaped extra-large guitar. I could mention more. It’s a bold fashion statement from a band with bold ambition. Let’s breeze over the Joel Gion guise on bass and the Anton Newcombe cowboy shirt on vocals, that can be forgiven if B.R.M.C Nic Jodoin produces the record, Gone is a an EP which must be judged by the music.
The music. It’s dreamy, it’s riff, it’s up and down rock and roll guitar. But it has also been done a few times before. Don’t get me wrong, I like it, though I fear one more kaleidoscope and we'd need to attach © here. Taken Over is a cool soundtrack which resonates through the entire EP. Its guitar sings the passion of a Stone Roses Squire solo and the infectious “it’s taken over” chorus drones a tremendous groove. You’ll See reconfirms this stance. The EP’s other track Gone thunders guitar much to a B.R.M.C rhythm and the vocals continue to dream us away. The Turns have certainly turned the tables in terms of hitting the 60’s but have ironically done so in the 80/90’s fashion they were desperately trying to avoid.
‘The LP– the short answer is that it’s going to be different than what you hear on the EP. That’s for sure. The single is going to throw people a curve ball and the LP will also do the same. Every song is also going to yield a different psychedelic experience. In terms of our sound, the nature of psychedelic music is never constant and always changing – just like the psychedelic experience. Nobody asked the psychedelic pioneers to remain the same, but for some reason people today feel you should either sound a certain kind of psychedelic and nothing in between. I think our upcoming single and subsequent LP (which will be recorded this year) will bridge that gap. We don’t care about people who can’t understand us because the whole reason why we’re doing this is because they don’t. Students of history and psychedelic music understand that the psychedelic music is inherently about psychedelic moods. I think that leaves an open door, psychedelic music policy’.
You’ll See was written about three years ago in my bedroom with an acoustic guitar. In playing it with the band, the song started sounding more Spacemen 3. It gets categorized like The Jesus & Mary Chain because of the electric rhythm guitar chord progression but if you look beyond that it’s more complex than a Jesus & Mary Chain rip off. You’ll See reminds of Tommy James and The Shondelles meets Spacemen 3 with a modern twist’.
Spacemen 3? Let's hope Jason Piece doesn't come across this article. We can't quite hear the resemblance (though it did make us listen to the Playing With Fire masterpiece again, so we thank The Turns for that)! But on a serious note, The Turns are a band with enormous potential, and with the new LP and single Window/Believe Me planning to "break the mould", here’s where we at Third Outing are at:
Third Outing is now challenging The Turns to create something new, away from the look, away from the influences, something which truly represents The Turns' own sound, for we believe if they did, it could be something truly revolutionary. We appreciate the importance of developing sound, and we appreciate that basing ones own originality depends upon those before you, but if you look at people like Mac DeMarco, or a LA contemporaries Drinking Flowers and San Francisco’s Cocktails, these are artists who are utilising the past to create the new in a revolutionary way, and to be perfectly honest, The Turns should be able to do this in their sleep; not recreating Cream, Love and The Byrds (great acts in their day, but who bear little relevance in 2015). People need to hear refreshing new music for our times, not a remake of the bands we loved 50 years ago. We have CD and vinyl (and the hipsters have cassettes) for that.
To further accentuate this point and conclude, here is a list of every band and artists we have named so far in this article: Liam Gallagher, John Lennon, Anton Newcombe, Joel Gion, B.R.M.C, Nic Jodoin, Stone Roses, John Squire, Jesus and Mary Chain, House Of Love, Spacemen 3, Tommy Jones and The Shondelles, Jason Piece, Mac DeMarco, Drinking Flowers, Cocktails, Cream, Love, The Byrds and soon to come The Beatles (for the full interview follow here). 20! Did I miss anyone out?
The Turns The Turns 6/10