Last year’s ‘Peripheral Vision’ marked a turning point (sorry) for Turnover. Stepping away from their grungier, punk-rock roots, the Virginia Beach four-piece instead turned widescreen, taking an airy new direction and drawing influence from a dreamier spectrum.
This new-look, new-sound Turnover are set to embark on a UK and European tour from today, so we caught up with the band’s bassist Daniel Dempsey to talk all things ‘Peripheral Vision’ and the band’s plans for a mammoth 2016.
Turnover play the following UK/EU dates this month:
14 Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
15 Bristol, The Exchange
16 Nottingham, Bodega
17 Birmingham, The Cellar
18 Norwich, The Owl Sanctuary
19 Southampton, The Joiners
21 Paris, France, Le Klub
22 Amsterdam, Netherlands, Windston
23 Dortmund, Germany, FZW Club
24 Koln, Germany, Gebäude 9
25 Hamburg, Germany, Hafenklang
26 Berlin, Germany, Comet
27 Antwerpen, Belgium, JC Kavka
28 Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
29 Glasgow, Classic Grand
30 London, The Dome Tufnell Park
It’s been a pretty big past twelve months for Turnover. What have been the highlights?
This is the first time we’ve done real support tours and that’s be a crazy fun experience. It’s awesome to play for people who don’t know anything about our band. We were also really taken back by the response we got from people on the new stuff. None of us were expecting it.
‘Peripheral Vision’ marked a real turnaround in sound. What brought that about?
Just growing up, honestly. I'd say this is our first release as “adults”. We found a lot of new bands, went through different things in life, and saw places around the world. It’s crazy when bands just keep putting out the same kind of record every few years.
Was there a desire to leave the scene you were becoming a part of, for any reason?
Not really, we just wrote what we wanted and put it out. We’ve never been a band that’s thought about what people think of us.
Turnover - ‘Cutting My Fingers Off’
"I think people will be talking about the things Will Yip’s accomplished forever"
— Daniel Dempsey
The pool of influence on ‘Peripheral Vision’ seems to draw from the likes of DIIV and Real Estate, amongst others. Are there any other key influences that inspired the newer direction?
There’s honestly way too many to list. We spend most of the year in our van browsing through bands on Spotify.
Songs like ‘I Would Hate You If I could’ in particular have been knocking about a little longer - what brought on the decision to re-mould that for ‘Peripheral Vision’? How difficult was it to take a song that was already formed and move it away from those punkier tendencies?
We felt like that song was our first step at walking away from our old style and the song didn’t get enough attention on the label the split came out with. It wasn’t hard at all, we just stripped it down a little.
You toured with the likes of New Found Glory in that transitional period - how was it, playing to crowds that may not have been the ideal place to road-test new material?
That tour was a lot of fun but I don’t think it was the best for us. At that point we were playing 80% songs from 'Peripheral Vision' and the record wasn’t even out. I think 'Cutting My Fingers Off' was released and we were selling it for $1 on a burned cd. People were definitely a little confused about us not playing older songs, we were just ready to drop the new record and move on.
Are there any bands that you’d like to take ‘the newer Turnover’ to, and tour with in the coming months?
Again, the list is too long. I’ll just give you some current bands I like. Royal Headache, Alex G, Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils, Sheer Mag, Title Fight, David Bazan.
Run For Cover, as a label, seems to be undergoing a similar transition away from pop-punk and towards different sounds, too.
Music just does that. Styles of music will be popular for a few years and then they’ll just fall off completely. I wouldn’t say Run For Cover is following any sort of trend but if they didn’t evolve with the rest of the world they’d fade out.
Turnover - ‘New Scream’
"You never know what your art could do for someone else"
— Daniel Dempsey
How integral is Will Yip to the scene’s development? You’re one of a whole heap of bands who’ve joined forces with him over the last year or two.
Yip is everything. I think people will be talking about the things he’s accomplished forever. He’s so important to alternative music. Working with him is the best thing that’s ever happened to our band. He’s pushed us and every other band that works with him to be exactly what they want to be. He’s really good at helping bands find their sound. We owe a lot Will.
How was it working with Will when changing things up?
He was all about it. He’s basically the fifth member of Turnover. When we started doing pre-production he was just as excited as we were with the songs.
Lyrically, ‘Peripheral Vision’ is quite a confessional record - it’s quite open about struggles with anxiety and depression, amongst other things.
We’ve never been afraid to put anything out. Everyone goes through different issues, big and small. Our songs have helped people get through stuff way bigger than anything we’ve ever dealt with and you never know what your art could do for someone else.
Those UK dates are kicking off your year - what else do you have planned?
We’re dropping some new songs, playing shows on 5 different continents, and who knows what else. Hopefully more new experiences.
Is there still a desire for mixing things up or evolving, or do you think you’ve found what Turnover ‘is’ now?
We’ll definitely keep changing things up but I’d say we’re happier with who we are now more than ever. You’ll see in a few months.