Before the Time and Space Tour comes to a close, Baltimore hardcore band Turnstile played a sold out show at Warsaw in Brooklyn, NY. Nearly 1,000 people were in attendance, and what everyone witnessed did not disappoint.
Richmond, Virginia’s badass hardcore band Nosebleed opened the show with a short but fiery set, followed by the effortlessly cool Razorbumps. Vocalist Jenn Smith is an absolutely electrifying performer — the Texas-based band has an eclectic mix of influences, with Smith’s distorted, staccato-style shouts and retro vibe captivating the crowd. Playing primarily songs off their latest release Hellrazors (Pop Wig Records), the band proved that they not only can be a creative force to be reckoned with, but that they also know how to have a good time.
Culture Abuse followed Razorbumps, keeping the energy high and the crowd moving. Playing both new material and favorites off their acclaimed full-length, Peach (6131 Records), the group had the crowd dancing and singing along all night. The band ensured the message did not get lost in the chaos. Vocalist David Kelling repeatedly stressed the importance of music, community and how beautiful it is to be surrounded by strangers with a common passion and mindset. As a show-goer, that camaraderie was certainly felt.
The mood shifted as Touché Amoré took the stage. While there was still an electricity in the air, the lighthearted fun that Razorbumps and Culture Abuse brought was replaced by intense catharsis. Touché’s music touches on topics like regret, loss and grief with overwhelming anguish. The crowd rushed forward, meeting vocalist Jeremy Bolm at the barricade to share moments of solidarity as fans screamed out his impassioned and gut wrenching lyrics.
Before everyone knew it, 10:15 rolled around and Turnstile graced the stage. They opened with songs from their latest release Time and Space (Roadrunner Records) – and to no surprise, the new tracks translated superbly live. The venue, packed to max capacity, was in chaos. Everyone was dancing, moshing, stage diving, crowdsurfing and keeping the venue staff on their toes. Turnstile thrives in finding a balance between vitriolic realness and untamed freedom, bringing together the cathartic nature of Touché Amore with the lightheartedness of Razorbumps and Culture Abuse.
Fans of hardcore and otherwise came together at Warsaw for a night that was bursting with life, and Turnstile made clear everything that makes this type of music great.