Virginia Beach emo outfit Turnover has made it a long way from their 2011 debut EP. Originally an above-average pop punk group, the band has gone further and further into emo territory with their subsequent split with Citizen and debut full-length, Magnolia, which came out in 2013. The band’s darker pop punk/emo blend has won them a cult following of fans, and they are showing no signs of slowing down. What began as an acoustic EP, the band’s latest release, Blue Dream, is a solid effort that is sure to please fans of the band.
Blue Dream consists of three songs that flow quite well together. From the emotional climax of “Disintegration” to the late-summer/autumn vibe of “Bella Donna”, all three songs make the EP feel like a solid, cohesive piece, rather than three songs tossed together out of spite. Fans of the band will find nothing too groundbreaking here, as all three songs could easily have a place on Magnolia.
Those who aren’t familiar with the group will find that the band’s brand of pop punk-laced emo, in the vein of Citizen and Have Mercy, isn’t anything groundbreaking. The three songs on Blue Dream however, show us that Turnover gives emo a good name. The croon of “I don’t wanna be alone/but I don’t want to be alive”, on “Read My Mind” feels genuine, and the band has the musical chops to back this up, a quality that is present throughout the EP.
On this EP, Turnover didn’t try to redefine themselves or experiment with their sound too much. It is unfair to say, however, that they played it safe. Suggesting this implies that they are stale, past their time, and on their way out. Rather, Blue Dream shows us that Turnover can still make great emo songs. They are preparing us for the next stop on their journey as a band, and it should be a pretty exciting journey to say the least.