Turnstile - Real Thing [Digital Single ] (Cover Artwork)


Real Thing [Digital Single ] (2017)

Roadrunner records

Turnstile signed to Roadrunner Records last year, and finally after releasing an EP last year on Pop Wig, a label that frontman Brendan Yates is affiliated with, we have our first release on Roadrunner. With it comes sonic changes that in all honesty, should've been expected. 

Let's start with what's the same. Turnstile has not lost the grooviness associated so heavily with their music, nor has Yates stopped delivering his aggressive yelping vocals. The song itself is high energy, which as it should be. Also, the lyrics are well written, but short, sweet, and fairly simplistic, which is run of the mill for Turnstile at this point. 

The changes all come in the form of production choices. The music has lost some of it's rougher edges, and the vocals are mixed much farther in the front than they ever have been before. The first thing I noticed is the vocals appear to be right up in front of you, with the music somewhat behind it. It works for the most part, but I'm disappointed by some of the rougher edges being lost.

Lyrically, the song is about looking for true happiness, instead of the ideal of happiness, which is something I think we can all relate to. It's pretty straightforward, and the verse is well written and the chorus well executed. The only real complaint is that there is only one verse written out which is repeated word-for-word after the first chorus. I'd love to have seen them push the subject further. 

Overall, I don't think this is going to make Turnstile any new fans, but I don't think it's going to let down the fans they already have. This release isn't as exciting to me as the notion of looking forward to their second album to see their fully-formed ideas with Roadrunner now behind them.