Tuesday 11 February 2020

TRACK OF THE DAY 2 : Turnstiles - Tantrum

Following the release of two breathtaking singles in September 2019 (Moving Forward and Wasting Away) the young Galway based 5 piece Turnstiles release new single Tantrum.

We were put onto this band by some friends in the know across the Irish Sea. They are renowned for their loud and incendiary live shows and the quintet are causing a bit of a stir in Ireland.

Tantrum explodes into life with Colm Sweeney and Cillian Ryan annihilating the guitars into submission with the aid of vigorous drumming (Luke Mulliez) and driving bassline (Jake Tiernan) to deliver a sub 3 minute short, sharp, shock that packs a powerful punch.

“In the tantrum, in the violence, Music is my mind's asylum” shouts Callum Mitchell – an uncontrolled outburst of anger and frustration.

The drawling, snarling London accent of Mitchell (not dissimilar to that of the sadly deceased Flowered Up frontman Liam Maher) is angst ridden and adds to the immediacy of the song. The intensity of the song grabs you by the throat, shakes you and forces you to listen to it repeatedly.

Hurtling along at breakneck speed in true punk rock style Callum concludes “For a minute shut my eyelids, everything else is silence” as the song comes to a shuddering halt.

This is a band who are raw, authentic, hungry and still very much in its youth. The year 2020 promises to be the year that the band branch out further. Remember the name.

Turnstiles play Dublin Button Factory (February 18), Dublin Whelans (21) and Derry Sandinos Bar/Club (April 17).

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