Missed Connection: Turnstile Releases Glow On Album That Gets Your Head Banging


4.4 out of 5 stars

I have to admit that I didn’t know the new Turnstile album came out until I did an interview with Adam Fletcher of The Copyrights who mentioned this was one of his favorite albums of the year. Then I forgot about it again.

Then Stevie Williams from Clowns mentioned he thought it was awesome on his Instagram account as well. So, then I decided, yeah, I HAVE to check out this album. No more dilly dallying.

And yeah, they were right that the album absolutely rocks. I will say there are a three songs on here that I just don’t really care for (“UNDERWATER BOI,” “NEW HEART DESIGN” and “ALIEN LOVE CALL”) due to their new wave influence. They just sound too 1980’s Flock of Seagulls for me.

Those three songs aside, the entire album of Glow On rocks just as hard as their other albums. I still may think that their last album Time & Space is probably my favorite Turnstile record, but this one has some absolute bangers on it.

MYSTERY,” “BLACKOUT,” and “DON’T PLAY” start this album off right with some anthemic head bobbing rock music. 

If you are unfamiliar with Turnstile, it’s a pretty interesting sound. Something akin to Papa Roach or Rage Against the Machine, but thrown over top of some punk sounds. The guitar is definitely more of a heavy rock or metal sound though.

HOLIDAY” is probably the best song on the album for me. It is everything you want in a rock song. By the time it is over, you are already singing the words to it, because it is so catchy, and the damn guitar riff is absolutely rocking.

The song “T.L.C. (TURNSTILE LOVE CONNECTION)” is pretty in your face too.

The short song, “NO SURPRISE” is interesting, and it reminds me of the end of the TV show The Sopranos because it just stops mid-stream. The line singing, “You never feel it ‘til you…” I guess implying that as they sing the last word (a refrain ending in “die”) that the subject is dead.

So, yeah, there are some clever little things in this album, but most of it is an in your face hard rock sound with punk layers that make you want to start moshing. Highly worth listening to.

Every so often, we miss a new album release as there are literally hundreds of albums that come out each year. It’s hard to catch them all unless you are paying very close attention. In times like this, we try to go back on what fell through the cracks. These are the “missed connections” that we try to follow up.