Turnstile Brings Hardcore To The Masses At This Ain’t No Picnic Thoughts+Photos: Turnstile at This Ain't No Picnic 8/28/22
LOS ANGELES, CA-
“…If you needed a fix of adrenaline to get you over the hump at This Ain’t No Picnic, I would have prescribed you a set of Turnstile. You would have been good for the rest of the evening.
There were fans who had camped out all day at the front of the railing at the Back Nine stage to catch Turnstile’s performance. Like me, they wanted to throw their hands in the air and bang their heads to the band’s anthemic hooks and ultra-loud guitar riffs. Pent-up. Bubbling over. Ready to burst. That’s how I felt as Turnstiles went through their set. And whenever a beat dropped or there was a hook around the corner, their fans erupted in synchronicity moving their bodies in unison to the aggression that Brendan Yates, the lead singer, was shouting into the microphone.
Turnstile put on one hell of a show. With the stage backlit by large LED screen upstage, they performed much of their set as silhouettes on stage. Since this was my first time catching them perform live, I wasn’t sure whether this was par for the course… but it did seem to have a subliminal effect on the crowd, causing fans to really focus more on the music than on the antics on stage. And that really made their performance that much more impactful, and really makes one focus on the melodic lines of their music, which made me actually realize/recognize how accessible their “hardcore” music is to a veritably broad and diverse audience. Mind-blown…”
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