Words by: Alfredo Luna
Photos by: Dave Unbuckled
On the back of two brand new singles, Turnover took to the stage on the first night of their sold out 2 show run at The Regent. The band has always felt like it had a kaleidoscope of sound with their music revolving and hopping from genre to genre. This varied assortment of sound brought a diverse mix of fans out. With the release of their newer stuff and the limited West Coast run they had announced, it was hard to guess how they were going to sound or what they were going to play, the hype in the line and in the venue turned into full on speculation of what we thought was going to be played as well as the classic debate of old stuff versus new. Regardless of what was in store for us, we were all ready to experience one of the more unique discographies on display that night.
Kicking off the night we were treated to the NorCal based Healing Potpourri which brought an easy listening lounge vibe to the stage. The band evoked a tranquil feeling like an enjoyable trip through a garden with its bossanova inspired sound. I personally thought songs such as “Thing About Us” and “Laney” felt like true high points of the set with each song resonating and allowing the crowd to look within while they got lifted into the journey their sound was taking them to. Rarely have I ever been so captivated in a state of relaxation by an opener but this thoroughly caught me by surprise and really was a nice refresher to prep for Turnover. Healing Potpourri is definitely an act to check out if you’re a fan of anything loungy or jazzy or if you’re looking to start adding to that summer playlist for songs to just vibe to.
Turnover took to the stage and surprised us by playing two new songs labeled as “Tears” and “MITW” which both seemed to piggyback off the chill edge that Healing Potpourri had brought to the stage but with a funk beat. It felt like a cosmic disco in a way with a funky bassline and an almost chanky sounding guitar that got the grooves going for these tracks. This was certainly different but in the best of ways with many in the crowd still processing these songs the band jumped into the crowd favorite, “Super Natural”, which set many in the crowd into a frenzy. For such a slow dream-pop inspired song, the crowd took the title to heart and began to dance around as if they were feeling “super natural”. Once the song was over and keeping up with the cosmic disco vibes, they followed this up with another crowd favorite in “Humming” that brought out an unimaginable energy in the crowd that began clapping in unison to the beat making the song feel so tangible within everyone.
The band illuminated the disco ball in the venue, setting off an optical aberration that felt closely in tune with the music and feeling of the crowd, who was digging every second of it. The disco ball’s effects were a great accompaniment to all the songs it was used in but it almost felt like an essential addition to “Dizzy on the Comedown” with the chorus containing lyrics like “Would you come here and spin with me, I’ve been trying to get you dizzy” pulsating across the venue, it almost felt like the perfect pairing of sight and sound. To close out the night the band turned to their vibrant and animated anthem, “Take My Head” that let fly a wall of emotions from the crowd and felt like the right way to end the night.
Seeing Turnover live turned me into such a huge fan as the atmosphere, sound and visuals made this one of the most memorable shows I’ve been to in recent memory. The ability to weave together an influx of genres made this a unique experience which would make any fan in the audience glad they came out. What got to me the most was the way that the lyrics seemed to waft into your consciousness and pulsate and linger in your brain, combined with melodies that lessen the blow of the words until you begin to contextualize them. I can see Turnover using this tour to catapult into the masses with whatever they turn to release next. As it stands, they have sold out most of their West Coast dates so far and it looks like the demand and the need for them is there for once they announce more dates.