Turnstile have generated their fair share of divisiveness from punk purists as their profile has risen, taking them from underground venues to jam-packed rock clubs with the release of February’s Time & Space, and I’m not here to address any of that. If the band’s boundary-pushing hardcore is not your thing, their live show seems unlikely to change your thinking. For their growing legions of fans and the open-minded yet-to-be converts among us, however, it was pure and joyous chaos. A thing of beauty, really. Vocalist Brendan Yates diving feet-first into a stage-side trashcan before pogoing right back out of it is a concert memory that I could sense being etched into my brain forever as it happened.
And the rest of this bill was pretty great, too. Touché Amoré’s emotive post-hardcore contrasted nicely with the scuzzy party vibes of Culture Abuse, and Razor Bumps’ retro-styled garage-punk served as an excellent appetizer for the night. It’s not every week you encounter a four-band bill on a Monday night and come away with nothing but good things to say.
Photos from all four sets below.