Live Review: Turnover, Palladino, Emotional – The Fleece, Bristol, 28/9/17

San Francisco’s Emotional (6) kick off proceedings for the evening, and whilst it’s still early in the evening, this new upcoming six-piece attract a respectable crowd size. With a wavy, soothing and approachable sound focusing on nostalgic and introspective themes and aura’s it does appear to be the perfect opener to compliment Turnover’s recent material. Whilst the subtle and loose chord progression and minimalist synth tones may appeal to the genre purveyors in attendance, the lack of distinctive progression and inventiveness within the sound fails to connect or resonate with the majority gathered here. Another element that clearly splits opinion is the vocal performance; a wavering cry that’s heavily reminiscent of the vocals of Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, but lacking refinement or sincere fragility of the aforementioned vocalist for the majority of the set. It’s frustrating; talent within this band is clearly evident but serious refinement is needed is showcase it. Possibly, hopefully, with some time and filtering, this could be an act widely associated with the indie and new-age emo genre.

In contrast to the dream-pop and indie orientated acts performing tonight, New York’s Palladino (7.5) deliver a set of synth heavy introverted R&B. Featuring members of the now defunct indie laced rock group Diamond Youth, the duo perfectly display the scene related ethos and atmosphere within their work, creating a somewhat relatable and kindred atmosphere despite their musical contrast to the rest of the line-up. With this in consideration it’s an experience that perfectly panders to newcomers to the genre, without the risk of alienating those unfamiliar with the underground dream laced R&B scene. Performing material from their recently released debut EP Supersymmetry, it’s a rewarding and unprecedentedly intriguing set presenting shifting and progressive tones led by infections synth driven groves and melodies. Yet, one of the most engaging elements of this performance is the broad and soothing vocal talents of front man Justin Gilman. Whilst their previous act Diamond Youth was well known for their refined vocals, Gilman perfectly adapts his renewed consoling and alluring vocal talents for this project. Whilst this act may be fresh onto the scene and still relatively obscure within dream pop and new age emo circles, there’s an evident amount of cross genre appeal here, and certainly, they’re an act to keep an eye on.

Riding on the back of this year’s Good Nature, Turnover (7) waste no time on introductions on establishing themselves to the packed out room. Honestly though, it’s not like they need to. Their 2015 and sophomore release Peripheral Vision lifted the Virginia trio from being a standard pop punk and emo act to icons and trendsetters within the modern age and dream pop scenes. Beginning the set with Good Nature opener ‘Super Natural’ followed by ‘Nightlight Girl’, there seems to be only a modest level of energy in the room. Whilst the devoted sway and dance unobtrusively at front, it appears that the majority present here tonight passively listen along to the new material, with the only emotion presented being a humble applause at the end of each track. It’s not until the group play Peripheral Vision tracks ‘Hello Euphoria’ and ‘Dizzy On The Comedown’ does the energy levels in the packed out venue truly spike, resulting in a massive singalong that reverberates from the walls of the venue. The contrast in the response for the tracks from different era’s of the band is truly massive and somewhat shocking; it quickly becomes somewhat apparent that a large volume of the fans present are only interested in hearing content from their highly successful second release. This feeling only becomes more amplified during a segment of the set when the group perform 4 tracks from their freshly released album back to back, resulting in a more reserved and modest response from punters. Despite this, the stark contrast in reception feels somewhat justified; the recent material from Good Nature simply doesn’t carry the same power and isn’t as universally engageable as content from its Peripheral Vision counterpart.

Despite this, material from Good Nature perfectly carries and projects the aforementioned loose and dreamy vibes initially presented on the album. The band’s more stoic and withdrawn presence may appear somewhat rude and cold in theory, with front man Austin Getz rarely showing any emotion, but truly, it only compliments the music and adds volumes to the introspective and pensive atmosphere being projected. It’s pleasant and appeasing, with the majority present lazily swaying to the compassionate and more mellow content.

Capping the evening off with Peripheral Vison tracks ‘Cutting My Fingers Off’ and ‘Humming’, it’s pleasant to see the energy levels once again spiking prior to the night coming to a close. Whilst the recent material clearly is the subject of debate within the fanbase, it simply can not be argued that Turnover don’t fail in projecting aurora’s and vibes loyal to the ones presented within their releases. Ultimately, it’s going to be interesting to see what the future holds for the group, how their sound and live performances evolve in time, and how Good Nature will be regarded in the years to come.