Review: Turnstile — Time & Space

Categories:  The Arts    Music
Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 at 5:15 PM
Review: Turnstile — Time & Space by Dakota Palmer

★☆☆☆☆

Turnstile, the punk rock band straight out of Baltimore, Maryland, released their sophomore studio album “Time & Space” on Feb. 23 via Roadrunner Records.

The hardcore-esque band’s first album was full of a lot of indecipherable yelling over some rebellious guitar, while their second release has a slightly better sound (still with indecipherable yelling). While the first album relied a lot on solely guitar riffs and instrumental breaks, “Time & Space” pairs the similar but less Garage Band sounding instruments with more lyrics.

To be perfectly honest, most hardcore bands fall into the same trap: some palm mutes, some power chords, the drummer who hits the kick drum every second for every beat. Turnstile falls into this same pitfall, as most of their songs sound identical. If it weren’t for the grandiose endings of each song, I would truly think the album was one big track.

All of the songs are under 3 minutes, with the exception of “Generator” and “Can’t Get Away,” which both barely skid over the 3-minute mark. This short album leaves a lot to be desired with the repetitive guitar strums and predictable drum patterns.

Even the lyrics fall short in a lot of the songs, mainly because they don’t come together to form any semblance of a coherent thought. The lyrics parallel post-modern poetry, similar to the book “Milk and Honey” by Rupi Kaur. They merely would be words on a page that spam Twitter accounts would share with the caption “soooo deep.”

The only good song on the album is “Generator.” Its sound, reminiscent of Drowning Pool, has some neat lyrics about how one person is fine after (assumingly) a break up and how the other person is left to figure out their lives.

“I’m hanging on to what I got left / Picking up all the pieces in the dark / And sound is gone / Without me, you’ll be moving along just fine,” describes the seemingly one-sided feeling post-break up of the other person doing just fine without you.

This track has a pretty good rhythm to it, a little less generic than the rest of the album, without breaking the mold too much.

The song “Bomb,” sitting at merely 25 seconds, truly sounds like elevator music. While it’s a good lead-in to the next song, “I Don’t Wanna Be Blind,” it doesn’t stand well on its own.

Toward the end of the album, we have the song “Moon.” This song isn’t terrible either, as it has lyrics you can actually understand and also decent guitar situation in the first verse. Quickly, it rolls uncontrollably downhill, spiraling into your typical hardcore song. Also, lead singer Brendan Yates’ voices has an odd, southern twang to it, making the song a little unbearable to listen to. It sounds very forced and doesn’t add authentic character to the song.

“Time & Space” had the potential to stand out in Turnstile’s discography, but the band ultimately fell into the predictable, repetitive trap most hardcore bands stumble into these days.  Hopefully as they progress, their sound will get a teensy bit better.

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Dakota Palmer is the exectutive editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at edinboro.spectator@gmail.com.

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