Turnstile Surprise-Dropped A New EP and Short Film, ‘Turnstile Love Connection’

Photo by Jimmy Fontaine

Baltimore hardcore crew Turnstile have done a solid job of peppering 2020 and 2021 with new music, though 2018’s Time & Space was their last official release. Now, it looks like the band decided to go all-out, having dropped a new EP out of nowhere along along with a short performance film to boot.

Both the EP and the film are called Turnstile Love Connection. The former features a solid mixture of the band’s driven, catchy-as-the-dickens hardcore, though it also includes some considerable deviations into pop rock territory at times. The latter, meanwhile, is a conceptual performance of the EP that sort of feels like all the elements of a Wes Anderson film were tossed in a jar that was then furiously shaken. You’ve got a run-down stadium, you’ve got a Vespa scooter, you’ve got a house with baroque molding, a performance backed with soft pink — the works. It’s definitely in keeping with the band’s current aesthetic, though it might cause some praying-hands-neck-tattoo hardcore dudes to fold their arms most frumpily.

The band held a live showing of the film this weekend at Brain Dead Studios in Los Angeles. Check out the poster for the screening below:

Put on your most primary-colored sweater and watch Turnstile’s Turnstile Love Connection film here:

Turnstile’s new EP Turnstile Love Connection is out now on Roadrunner Records and available on all streaming services.

The band will be hitting the road later this summer with Show Me The Body and Never Ending Game, so make sure you catch the bands at one of the following dates below:

8/28 – Garden Grove, CA – Garden Amp*
8/29 – Ventura, CA – The Tavern*
8/30 – Santa Cruz, CA – Santa Cruz Vets Hall*
9/23 – Dover, DE – Firefly Music Festival
9/24 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life
9/25 – Indianola, IA – Knotfest Iowa
6/05 – Sant Adria de Besos, SPA – Primavera Sound

* w/ Show Me The Body and Never Ending Game

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Words by Chris Krovatin