Turnover were one of the most talked about bands in the alternative scene last year following the release of their groundbreaking release Peripheral Vision. We caught up with the band’s bassist Danny Dempsey about their upcoming Australian tour, change of sound, what we can expect on this tour and the band’s plan for the future.
How’s prep for the Australian tour going? Are you boys keen to make your first appearance in Australia?
Yeah, we are super excited. We have wanted to [come to Australia] forever and it’s just [that we] never had time so, having the opportunity is really awesome. We don’t really know what to expect but it’ll be fun.
For those unfamiliar with your band, can you tell me how you got together and formed the band and what got you interested in music?
Well, we all met through like local shows and high school and stuff. I personally got into music through my family members, but as far as the other guys go I’m not really sure. I think it was just something that since we decided that we all enjoyed seeing bands live, at a young age, the next step was to learn how to make music on our own and perform live. From there [making music] just kept growing into more serious things.
Speaking of your local scene, what was that like? What kind of bands did you go see?
For the most part I would say that all of us were going to see like punk and hardcore bands when we were starting out. As a whole, we had pretty much been into a whole variety of stuff always, but primarily punk and hardcore stuff.
You’re coming down under with Basement but you’ve also recently toured the US with them and The Story So Far. Did you meet the boys on that tour or have you guys been mates for a while?
I met them like four years ago maybe, they played in our hometown and stayed with me that night. Alex, the guitarist of Basement, was working for the label we were on for a long time and so we were pretty close with him as well. I wouldn’t say we were like very close with them but we have been acquaintances for some years.
2015 was a huge year for you with the release of Peripheral Vision, did you guys ever get the feeling when you were making that album that it was going to be this big?
Not really, I guess that we all like hoped it would be great, but we didn’t really have any expectations because for the four years before that which we were a band we didn’t really have much success for the most part. So just the excitement right off the bat was great for us and is still super great. We talk about it all the time with people and that’s probably the number one question we get around “how it feels”, and it’s awesome and hopefully that never changes.
What was the writing and recording process like? Was it much different to your previous releases?
Yeah definitely, we got a new guitar player in the middle like halfway between out first full length and that full length and he had just did the seven inch we had put out in the time, but the recording process was different this time. Just in general, we kind of just were not putting anything with it, and just continued writing and writing until we felt like we had created something that was ours, and represented who we are as people. Which really shows with how different the record is and we weren’t trying to set a goal of ‘let’s sound like this’ or anything, we just took everything we had learned and experienced in the past years between the releases and just put everything into that.
Speaking of Peripheral Vision, it took a very different musical turn in relation to your self titled. What influenced your recent genre change?
Nothing really specific I would say, I think that you know when we wrote our self titled and that when we wrote our EP and Magnolia, we were teenagers and I’m pretty sure during Magnolia, Casey [Getz] was just out of high school almost and we were all under 21. We all grow up quick on tour. I feel like just listening to different music, meeting different people, touring with different artists that have different outlooks on things and just growing up as a whole is what was the biggest factor in [those changes to sound] and were we were mentally, just normal evolution.
What’s it’s like playing the newer stuff in comparison to the old stuff? I feel as thought the crowd would vibe quite differently off the new stuff compared to the old.
Yeah definitely, it’s been a long time since, well actually since Peripheral Vision came out we haven’t really played any pre-Peripheral Vision songs so, it’s been a big change. I think now people just come to shows to sing along, enjoy the view and just soak it up. Where as before, kids just wanted to go to the show without even necessarily knowing what we sound like or our songs but they went for high energy. Now we connect to our audience’s way more and there’s no faking it. I still think there’s lots of energy in the room, people sway from side to side and occasionally there are stage divers but overall it’s a cool vibe.
Do you feel brave enough to play some of the older stuff to your Aussie audiences or are we to be expecting more the peripheral vision and your latest EP’s tracks?
We don’t really know yet, we haven’t really talked about it that much, it’s possible we will pull some old stuff out but I dunno, we just try to take things as they come.
If you had to pick one song for a new fan to listen to from your band in order to convince them to check out this tour, what track would it be and why?
Um, this is tough one. I would say Dizzy On The Comedown as I feel that is one of the most mature songs on the records and my favourite song to play live. I feel like it is a very pulled back song and very mellow but at the same time it has a lot of energy to it and shows off our best song writing.
Australia’s on the table next for you guys, but what’s in the works after that?
Well, right before Australia is Japan, and that’s our first time there so we are super excited about that. Australia is going to be super crazy. We are doing stuff in America over the summer, very short one off tours and then we are gonna take most of the summer to write another record. Hopefully, then record in some point in the fall but it will depend on what happens over the summer.
Well, looking forward to catching you boy at your Sydney show. I hope you enjoy your time in Australia. Thank you!