The new song comes alongside a visual featuring animation from French designer Alexis Jamet. Cinematographer Logan Triplett, who has worked with alternative artists such as Olivia Rodrigo and Moses Sumney, also helped with animation.
Turnstile have two incredibly unique skills. The first is their ability to make listeners feel weightless, whether that means soaring toward a stage while crowd-surfing or letting their more shoegaze tracks take you away. Their other skill is consistently transcending genres while remaining true to the in-your-face beatdown sound that made them an iconic hardcore act. “BLACKOUT” manages to do both simultaneously.
The visual begins with a simple white dot trailing across a gray background. A crunchy guitar riff builds anticipation until the full band join in while the dot materializes into various band members. As white silhouettes continue transforming into various beings, Daniel Fang’s cowbell-heavy drums set a machine-gun pace. Brendan Yates’ characteristic sing-scream vocals are truly on display here, as are bassist Franz Lyons’ aggressively distorted riffs. The heavy-hitting song peaks at 2:18, when an explosive breakdown slows the otherwise machine-gun-paced song into a teeth-gritting two-step.
Every Turnstile release in 2021 so far has been accompanied by an artistically creative music video directed by lead singer Yates. A short film accompanied their recent EP, TURNSTILE LOVE CONNECTION, which appeared in select L.A. and Baltimore movie theaters prior to its release. The latest single also features Yates’ direction.
“BLACKOUT” is just the latest song to come off GLOW ON, scheduled to drop Aug. 27. In addition to the new release, their single “ALIEN LOVE CALL” (feat. Blood Orange) and the entire TURNSTILE LOVE CONNECTION EP will also be on the album. You can preorder the record here and find the tracklist below.
In a press release, Yates said creating the album was “a learning experience.”
“Working to figure out what you want from a song and how to capture it is always a huge learning experience,” Yates says. “A live show environment shared with others, I think, is the true essence of the band and music, but when recording an album, you’re given a lot of opportunity. You want to breathe as much imagination into it as possible.”
As if releasing one of the most anticipated albums of 2021 wasn’t enough, Turnstile are also scheduled to go on tour in August. While the release of “ALIEN LOVE CALL” showcased the band’s ability to create stripped-down anthems as well as collaborate with other artists, “BLACKOUT” takes them back to their hardcore roots. Both their hardcore expertise and ability to collaborate will be on display in fall 2021 when they join the Grey Day tour to play alongside $Uicideboy$, Yung Gravy and Shakewell. Chicago drill rapper Chief Keef will also perform, so you certainly don’t want to miss out.
What do you think of Turnstile’s hard-hitting new single “BLACKOUT”? Watch the music video and drop a comment to let us know!
GLOW ON tracklisting:
- “DON’T PLAY”
- “UNDERWATER BOI”
- “HUMANOID / SHAKE IT UP”
- “FLY AGAIN”
- “ALIEN LOVE CALL” (feat. Blood Orange)
- “WILD WRLD”
- “NEW HEART DESIGN”
- “T.L.C. (TURNSTILE LOVE CONNECTION)”
- “NO SURPRISE”
- “LONELY DEZIRES” (feat. Blood Orange)
Turnstile tour dates:
08/22 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
08/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere
08/28 – Garden Grove, CA @ Garden Amp
08/29 – Ventura, CA @ The Tavern
08/30 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Vets Hall
09/02 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk Austin
09/09 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
09/12 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement East
09/16 –Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
09/23 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival 2021
09/24 – Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life 2021
09/25 – Indianola, IA @ Knotfest Iowa
09/26 – Birmingham, AL @ Furnace Fest
09/29 – Birmingham, AL @ Sloss Furnaces
10/01 – Alpharetta, GA @ Ameris Bank
10/02 – New Orleans, LA @ Mardis Gras World
10/03 – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place
10/05 – Richmond, VA @ Virginia Credit Union Live!
10/07 – New York, NY @ Pier 17
10/08 – Bridgeport, CT @ Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater
10/09 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore Philadelphia
10/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE Outdoors
10/13 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live! Outdoors
10/15 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Andrew J Brady Icon Music Center
10/16 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theater
10/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory
10/19 – St. Louis, MO @ The Factory At The District
10/20 – Bonner Springs, KS @ Azura Amphitheater
10/22 – Indianapolis, IN @ TCU Amphitheater At White River State Park
10/23 – Chicago, IL @ Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom
10/24 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave/Eagles Club
10/26 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion
10/29 – Houston, TX @ The Lawn At White Oak Music Hall
10/31 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater
11/02 – Portland, OR @ Veterans Memorial Coliseum
11/03 – Seattle, WA @ Wamu Theater
11/05 – San Diego, CA @ Gallagher Square At Petco Park
11/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Outdoors
11/10 – Chandler, AZ @ Rawhide Events Center
11/12 – Sacramento, CA @ Heart Health Park
11/14 – San Francisco, CA @ The Midway Outdoors
11/16 – Nampa, ID @ Ford Idaho Event Center
06/05/22 – Sant Adria De Besos, ES @ Primavera Sound 2022
06/23/22 – Clisson, FR @ Hellfest 2022
06/24/22 – Manchester, UK @ Outbreak Festival 2022
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