Words and photos by Joe Calixto
If there was a tour that I was looking forward to this year, it’s 100 percent this one. I have been a fan of Turnover since their Magnolia days, and every single record since then has been an actual favorite of mine. From the straight-through-the-heart lyrics of Peripheral Vision to the chill vibes of Good Nature, the band didn’t show signs of slowing down with these songs that pulled your heartstrings in so many different ways.
Enter the band’s fourth full-length record, Altogether. The record dropped at the beginning of November and got mixed reactions from lots of different places, both good and not so great. I personally thought it was awesome, but I’m not here to talk about the record.
Turnover announced the tour and the new record, and they couldn’t have picked better support than one of Canada’s indie-pop powerhouses, Men I Trust. I was absolutely stoked on this tour!
The original date for the Los Angeles stop was sold out, so the tour added another date. The venue couldn’t have been more perfect. Right in the heart of Hollywood at the historic Fonda Theater.
I could only cover the first night of two, so I’m assuming the second night was a lot more packed, since it was the original, sold-out show. But nonetheless, my night was pretty great.
The show started with a name I have never heard before but will forever remember, Renata Zeiguer. Her blend of strong vocals and some hypnotizing guitar riffs definitely set the mood for the night. Also, found out she’s part Filipino … so Hell fucking yeah!
Shortly after, Men I Trust came on stage, and let me tell you, something, I’ve been waiting to see this band for a really long time now. Yeah, I know they’re a fairly new band, but each time they’re in Los Angeles, I always seem to miss them. So 100 percent was fanboying. I felt like I was floating for 45 minutes.
Turnover finally took the stage with a setlist full of bangers spread out from the last three records. With the help of Title Fight’s Shane Moran on guitar, the revamped look of Turnover had frontman Austin Getz sitting and rocking the synth, with the occasional guitars. In all the years I’ve seen TO, this is by far my favorite version of them.
I told a friend that night that as chill as their songs in their record are, it seems that these songs throw out so much more energy performed live, and that’s definitely a good thing.
I don’t think I’ve ever been bored seeing Turnover, regardless of what their sound became. Just all in all good vibes.
There’s still a few shows left on this run, so be sure to catch it! Remaining dates listed below.
12/6 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
12/7 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic
12/8 – Columbus, OH @ Athenaeum
12/9 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Smalls
12/10 – Boston, MA @ Royale
12/11 – Boston, MA @ Sinclair
12/13 – Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents
12/14 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
12/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
12/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
12/18 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
12/19 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
“Are you happy elsewhere”