I wanna know what the fuck is in the water in Perth. For one of the world's most remote cities, it has produced an incredible amount of really good, really cool bands, some of whom we've reviewed here in the past. Turnstyle is no exception.
I remember when Turnstyle Country came out and particularly the first single Spray Water On The Stereo, I was really excited to hear some of my favourite influences in their music. Admittedly influenced by Pavement, Gerling, Guided By Voices and The Beach Boys, among others, Turnstyle combine pop sensibilities and melodies with blips and sounds to create truly individual-sounding tracks. They also utilise the soft/loud dynamic particularly effectively.
But it is album tracks like Flank Attack, Portamento, Honey and Knuckles that are the real surprises of this album, sounding more like forerunners to British bands like Athlete and Fonda 500. Given Turnstyle Country came a few years before either of these bands released anything, Turnstyle could well have been an influence. But who knows. There is also no denying the similarities to fellow Perth band, Jebediah, who they toured extensively with at times.
I'm just pleased doing this blog has brought Turnstyle back into play. It's definitely a Forgotten Gem, but not forgotten any longer.
VERDICT: TURN IT UP
Casio DJs? OK, I guess they get points for being the first band I've ever heard to use the sound of an electric razor as a musical instrument, but I found this generally very boring. And to compare them to Athlete and Fonda 500? No, no and no again.
VERDICT: THROW IT OUT
For further information go to: http://www.myspace.com/turnstylecountry
In our colletion we also have Turnstyle Corporation