Turnstile is a new hardcore band from the Baltimore/DC area and while most of you know them cause they've got Trapped Under Ice's drummer Brendan doing vocal duties, there's definitely more to the band. I was really into their demo and hearing Reaper is about to release their debut 7" just made this otherwise fucked up week worth suffering through. Check what the band is all about in this quick interview with the Brendan.
Turnstile is a new hardcore band from the Baltimore/DC area and while most of you know them cause they've got Trapped Under Ice's drummer Brendan doing vocal duties, there's definitely more to the band. I was really into their demo and hearing Reaper is about to release their debut 7" just made this otherwise fucked up week worth suffering through. Check what the band is all about in this quick interview with the Brendan.First off, who are you/what is your role in Turnstile?
-Whatsup! I'm Brendan and I sing in the band Turnstile
How did Turnstile form as a band?
- The band started when my friend/ neighbor, Brady ( who plays guitar in the band) came to me with song ideas that I thought sounded awesome. We began writing, and after a few months of workin together, we recorded the demo. The rest of the guys (daniel, franz, and sean) are some of my best friends who were down to join us.
Where did the name of the band come from?
- I got the name from one of my favorite Hot Water Music songs, "Turnstile".
What bands influence you guys?
- Bands like Madball, Leeway, Inside Out, and Maximum Penalty are strong influences on our bands style.
To my knowledge you are in 2 other bands, one being the almighty Trapped Under Ice, and pop-punk outfit Diamond (DMND). How do you deal with being in 3 bands? All which are catching a lot of attention?
-I love it! There's no rule or limit on anything that you do. The 3 bands have their own style and I love to write and play music, so it really works for me. It keeps me busy
What is the difference playing in each? Do you like one more than the other?
-Playing in each band is completely different from one another, but I love playing in them all. I like singing. Switchin it up from bein behind the drums. Plus I like jumping around.
Are the other members of Turnstile in any other projects?
- Our drummer Daniel Fang plays drums in Mindset, Sacred Love, Praise, and a new band called Peace. Bass-man Franz is a rapper. Check him out, Freaky Franz, Freaky Tales mixtape, he's cool!
What is the hardcore scene like in Baltimore?
- Scene in baltimore is cool. Venues like the Charm City Art Space do a lot of cool shows. Check out Mindset, Sacred Love, Give, Praise, Mob Mentality.
What is your process for writing lyrics? What do you write about?
- The lyrics I write are just about things that I feel: Social Pressures, Relationships, friendship, and just living.
For those who haven’t heard you guys, what can a kid expect picking up a Turnstile record?
- what to expect? Hopefully it just makes you want to dance and jump in your bedroom.
What has Turnstile released?
- we just released a 7" called "Pressure to Succeed" on Reaper Records! 6 songs!
Any new releases in progress?
- We just released our first record, but we do have some New stuff already that we are workin on!
Any upcoming tours/shows?
- We're playing June 1st in Baltimore and June 5th In DC, and Planning on Playing a lot more very soon!
Thanks for your time man, any final thoughts/shout outs?
- Shoutout to Patrick Kitzel and Reaper Records, Fire & Ice, Dead End Path, Hardboiled, Red Bull, Vans, and my friends.
Interview done by Jeffrey Wang