Show Review: Turnover at the Royale

by Quentin Singer

Playing their biggest headlining show to date, Turnover was greeted with a sea of roaring fans when they finally hit the stage Sunday Night. Having just released their album Good Nature, the hype for Turnover’s performance was uncanny to years previous; and could literally be felt from the vibrations of the screaming audience.

Opening the show with the album’s debut single “Supernatural,” fans were struck by a wave of dreamy and mystifying guitar tones, persuading an immediate notion to dance and head-bob. For those unfamiliar with Turnover’s music, their sound is cultivated through an array of ethereal like guitars riffs, followed by indie rock sounding grooves and melodies. Nevertheless, it seems the Boston Emo and Indie scenes have become very acquainted with their unique style, especially from their previous album Peripheral Vision, which is highly regarded as an emo classic. It was obvious that particular album was the center attraction for most concertgoers. About halfway through their set, Turnover’s frontman Austin Getz announced “we’re going to play some tunes off Peripheral Vision,” and what followed was the loudest uproar of screams witnessed the entire night. Songs in particular like “New Scream,” “Dizzy On the Comedown,” and “Hello Euphoria” are all fan favorites off the album, so much so they almost overshadowed the significance of every new song the band played that night. The effect Turnover’s previous album had on the crowd was very inspiring, but at the same time put into question whether or not their new album, Good Nature, can break Peripheral Vision’s overarching success.

From a performance standpoint, Turnover managed to sound very tight and honestly sounded a lot like their studio recordings. However, I found their songs quite limiting in terms of their diversity and dynamics. While they were well performed and executed, there was no track that stood out as vastly different than any of others. All the tunes featured the same melancholic bliss, followed by powerful and catchy melody lines by either the guitars or vocals. This got a little ‘copy-paste’ to me and didn’t quite captivate me as it did for some of the other highly energetic fans. Placing the cherry on top for their fans, Turnover closed the evening’s show with their hit song off of Peripheral Vision: “Cutting My Fingers Off.” The immediate response began with fans stage diving and crowd surfing, and given there wasn’t a stage barrier, fans were doing flips left and right off the stage.

Considering the crowd’s reaction, my opinion on the concert might appear a little obsolete, and more of a musical preference. I strongly believe Turnover can put on a great live performance, as well write a handful of great tunes, but I left Sunday’s concert feeling a little empty handed like something else was needed to stretch their concert from good to great. With all things considered, if you’re into dreamy indie rock, Turnover is without question a band you’re going to like, whether it’s their tight live performance or their enticing records.