The Long Island date of Turnover’s current headlining tour was sold out, filling out a packed Amityville Music Hall. It was a fitting moment for the band who, all in the past year, had released their breakthrough album Peripheral Vision, toured the U.S. five times, toured Europe, Japan, and Australia, and released a 7-inch EP, Humblest Pleasures, further developing the moody, melodic rock sound that PV expressed. After all of the work put into creative and touring endeavors, Turnover finally got to headline during this album cycle—and at a venue where five years prior they had played one of their first-ever out-of-state shows to a dozen or so people. However, here they would play to a packed crowd anxious to share the moment with them.
Supporting on the East Coast portion of the tour was Secret Space and Sports. Secret Space played first, to what appeared to be about two-thirds of the total attendance expected for the night. They played a tight set full of mid-tempo songs with a sound reminiscent of the ’90s alternative-meets-punk influence in the vein of Diamond Youth and Hey Mercedes (the vocals in particular recalled this). At times, the vocals were lost in the mix, as the band really maximized the amount of noise they could make despite being a trio; at different times lead vocalist/guitarist Dean Tartaglia and bassist Zach Ruetz utilized samplers for keyboard/piano-related instrumentation to bring layers to the set. As the set closed, the audience seemed to have been drawn in, as the quiet parts of their performance revealed that the audience was intently listening rather than talking over them. A well-earned respect in a spot that can, at times, be unforgiving.
Following up, and bringing a more urgent, upbeat pop-punk/powerpop vibe, was Sports. “We’re kind of from Philly,” stated lead singer/guitarist Carmen Perry, giving some background to the band a few songs into the set. The geographical context given made sense, as the female-fronted band’s endearing energy and infectious melodies recalled Modern Baseball and a punchier Hop Along.
Despite the similarities, Sports did well to establish themselves apart from their Keystone state contemporaries with summery guitars that echoed the likes of more indie-related acts like Best Coast and Cheap Girls. The venue began to reach capacity over the course of their set, and the fast, punchy songs did well to energize the crowd, bringing a louder, more rock-oriented sound to the show and making an impression before their time was done.
As Turnover took the stage, the venue was packed from front to back and the audience greeted them with a roar of applause and excitement. Fittingly, the crowd turned from reacting to emoting, briefly silenced as the first notes of “Cutting My Fingers Off” kicked off the set, immediately leading into one of the first of many start-to-finish sing-alongs that Turnover inspired throughout. The band’s busy touring schedule that they embarked on since Peripheral Vision was released has resulted in the band really honing their live sound, a much better leveled sound and comfortable performance than when Turnover first played this same venue a little over a year ago on the Fireworks farewell tour.
The show, both in atmosphere and performance, seemed like a fitting expression of a band confidently embracing their creative identity. Turnover dedicate themselves to bringing the moody atmosphere of their songs to their live performance, and the audience in turn become immersed with applause and appreciation for the passion put into the whole process. The majority of Turnover’s set was sung along to so frequently and loudly that there were times where it didn’t seem necessary for lead singer/guitarist Austin Getz to use a microphone; a remarkable juxtaposition between the dreamy atmosphere of the music and the cathartic reaction from the fans.
Amongst the many highlights, like the tight performance and the impassioned, sold-out venue, guitarist/backup vocalist Eric Soucy’s harmonies and energy really brought a layer of visceral angst and emotionality that adds dynamics to the band’s lush songs of sorrow. As lead singer/guitarist Austin Getz’s tone reflects the pensive, introspective aesthetic of the band’s recent work, Soucy’s voice rings out like the more wrought, panic found in the lyricism.
As the show drew to a close—after playing “I Would Hate You If I Could”—it became apparent that Turnover is primed to take a big next step as a band. The “growth” phase that has stifled up-and-coming bands from DIY circles is a step Turnover has embraced. The band’s continued maturation from their beginnings playing local halls in Virginia Beach has produced a sound and live show more inspired than ever.