The torchbearers of modern hardcore are back with a new 7″ EP!

“This is the freewheeling and heavy hardcore the band’s honed to great effect in such a short time, with shout-along choruses and grooves that do more than just open up the pit.” describes Lars Gotrich for NPR.

That’s a solid synopsis of the Baltimore five-piece as they harken back to the glory days of their 1980s Washington D.C. predecessors (Minor Threat, Bad Brains).  The band, originally being a side-project for members of Trapped Under Ice, unsurprisingly like to combine hardcore punk with aggressive metal influences to fuse their sound into something à la NY HxC legends like the Gorilla Biscuits and Cro-Mags.  Going one step further, the band additionally likes to play around with hip-hop and beach pop influences fusing numerous genres into one hell of a band!

Move Thru Me is the latest installment in Turnstile’s steadily growing discography. In 2011, they released their Pressure to Succeed EP which was followed by another extended play, 2013’s excellent Step to Rhythm.  With two EPs under their belt, the band finally put together a full length record in 2015 receiving critical acclaim under the name Nonstop Feeling. That release was one of my favorite things to jam last summer and Luke Henderson for Lambgoat notes that it helped, “bring Turnstile a new level of exposure, as it quickly became one of the most talked-about records of last year.”

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Turnstile’s new 7″ comes in just shy of 8 minutes in length and is a frantic, melodic classic exposé on modern American hardcore.  Side A features “Come Back For More” and “Harder On You.”  This two-track combination starts out explosive before transitioning into standard chugging riffage.  It is “unabashedly hardcore in its style and performance.”

Side B features the title track “Move Thru Me” which is a heavy head-bang inducing thrasher of a song.  It’s followed by a cover of “Fuck Me Blind” by local D.C. band Give.  Turnstile’s version is more energetic and poppy and also includes in-tune female vocals which make the song all that more enjoyable.

Surprisingly to some people, the melody and beauty found in music are occasionally secondary to lyrical content. That is the true strength of this particular song and although the lyrics are relatively simple, they reflect the open-mindedness and scene leadership of Turnstile in taking a stand on a “controversial” issue.

NO MORE SEX  / NO MORE LOVE / NO MORE KISSY KISS / NO MORE FUCK
NO MORE GAY / NO MORE STRAIGHT / NO MORE FUCKING RULES / NO MORE HATE
FUCK ME / FUCK ME BLIND / TOUCH ME / TOUCH ME BLIND

NO MORE HIM / NO MORE HER / NO MORE STUPID GAMES / NO MORE WORDS
NO MORE LAW / NO MORE NAMES / NO MORE SKIN / NO MORE PAIN
FUCK ME / FUCK ME BLIND / TOUCH ME / TOUCH ME BLIND

WE CAN WASH IT / WE CAN WASH IT AWAY / WE CAN WASH IT / WASH IT ALL AWAY
FUCK ME / FUCK ME BLIND / TOUCH ME / TOUCH ME BLIND

In their NPR interview, the band shared, “It felt really good making these songs. There’s so many inspiring individuals creating things or just being humans and this singles EP was just a reflection on the importance of letting those things or people just inspire you and experiencing things fully. No physical, sexual, musical genre, [or] world barriers.”

That same NPR article also had a very poetically written description of one of their shows which I was quite fond of:

In the basement of Songbyrd Music House in Washington, D.C., a swirling mass of hardcore kids leapt through the air, sweat flopping off heavy cotton since they had nowhere to stash their Bane and Judge hoodies. Heads narrowly avoided metal poles in a underworld dance of thrown elbows and knee-pumping swarm. Welcome to the gleeful insanity of a Turnstile show.

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