Turnover began as a typical pop-punk addition to Warp Tour circa 2015 but transformed into something between shoegaze and emo revival on their second album, Peripheral Vision.
The sophomore release struck a chord with a new audience and labeled them a unique dream pop, lo fi act, straddling the line between post break up angst and the feeling of calmly staring out a window for hours without really looking at anything.
As a result, that LP has some pretty fervent supporters. The crowd screamed in excitement as soon as they identified the next song by the reverb settings on the amp.
But if Peripheral Vision is self loathing and a critique of a one way relationship, then their most recent album, Good Nature, is lead singer and guitarist’s, Austin Getz, insecurity of starting anew, both musically and personally.
Good Nature is a much smaller departure from its predecessor than Peripheral Vision was from 2015’s Magnolia, but still it moves away from overtly raw imagery of heartache to SoCal sunsets.
Good Nature’s laidback tracks, “Super Natural” and “Pure Devotion,” are odes to the band’s move to the West Coast, while still keeping their signature ear worm guitar lines. As the crowd sang along and swayed back and forth during these songs, the reaction to “Cutting My Fingers Off” and “New Scream,” from Peripheral Vision, tells you where the hearts of the fans are.
It’s kind of a shame that there isn’t more of an outward reaction for Good Nature. There’s is an effortlessness to Getz’s vocals and the band’s performance that feels like they’re making exactly the type of music they want and even though the albums are closely linked, there’s a peaked curiosity to what they might sound like next.
Maybe the universal troupes of relationship based melancholy when presented in a more relaxed skin are a refreshing change for fans, but there’s something I just can’t pin down with the band’s addictive quality.
When Turnover left the stage, there was a thunderous and sustained call for an encore, even as the house lights and music went on, it felt like something from a rock concert from a previous generation.
That’s not to say that the enthusiasm wasn’t deserved. It’s more so that the enthusiasm they garner is more associated with bands that closer represent they sound they presented in their first record. But that enthusiasm has carried over and it gives the set an energy that’s atypical for a more subdued group.
What encapsulates the band best is their ability to get under your skin with lyrics that are universal, but framed in a way that you’d never thought of.