Released: 2013, Spinefarm Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Whenever there’s a band where one of the members turns out to be related to some well-known celebrity or a successful musician, we tend to doubt the band in any possible way.
We simply don’t believe that the band had to work hard enough to make it.
We assume that everything came easy for them. And we’re guessing they never had the problem to reach out to all the important music industry people and there was always someone to help them out. Let’s face it, we’re pure sceptics.
We appreciate our music real and hardened, and we want to hear it from real musicians with real life experiences. But what if there’s a guy who’s dad is a singer in a rock’n’roll band called The Rolling Stones and, in stead of trying to follow his dad’s footsteps, he’s a singer in an underground punk/hardcore band and prefers to leave his last name out of this?
Well, the answer is Turbogeist – a band coming from London and including Jimmy, the one who’s Jagger, on vocals/guitar, Luis Felber on vocals/guitar, Josh Ludlow on drums and James Dunson on bass. All together they, once again, prove that punk rock is still alive. …maybe deep down underground, but, damn, it’s alive and it’s not going anywhere.
Turbogeist have now released their brand new 5-track EP, Ancient Secrets, via Spinefarm Records. It is bursting with ‘in-your-face’ attitude and is highly recommended to those who class The Misfits, The Replacements, Rancid, Dead Kennedys, The Bronx, Gallows and other punk/hardcore artists as their favourites.
Even though Turbogeist once started out as pure punk rock band, Ancient Secrets is not a straight forward ‘Oi!’ punk record. There’s a lot of punk rock attitude that runs through the sound, the image and the band’s character, but Ancient Secrets is something a bit more complicated than that.
The opening track “Mermaid’s Revenge” is a melodic and lyrical track charged with despair and anger that sounds like something Kurt Cobain would have come up with, if he once joined The Cramps. It gives a good idea of what Turbogeist are all about and that they’re about everything and nothing at all.
Once you get further into the EP, it’s clear that this band is impossible to label and put underneath a specific genre or style. Their attitude towards the music is what stands out the most, as they play with their middle fingers raised high up in the air.
“Zero Friends” is a definite highlight of this EP, even though it might sound like a classic track that you have heard somewhere before. No pointing fingers, but maybe it was Turbonegro with “All My Friends Are Dead” that influenced Turnogeist to come up with this song. Just saying.
Anyhow, “Zero Friends” is an attitude-driven piece that adds some hardcore elements to Ancient Secrets and diversifies its sound even more.
As well as “Zero Friends,” the third song “Black Hole,” sounding a bit like Agnostic Front and adding some grunge elements, continues to draw in different hardcore punk influences and establishing their own unique mix of styles with an original touch.
Ancient Secrets features 4 original tracks by Turbogeist, as well as a cover of "Up Front" by the punk rock legends The Wipers from Portland, Oregon. It’s quite a task to arrange such a significant song like “Up Front” and Turbogeist have cleverly emphasized the bass line, cooled down the vocals and thrown in some thrashy hardcore bits to make the sound more aggressive and modern.
Last, but not least is “Rats.” The heaviest track off Ancient Secrets is a Gallows type-a-song that ends things on a raging and rebellious note.
The music industry is still waiting for someone to shake it up and it can only be done by bands that are pissed-off with the current situation and willing to make a change. Something about Turbogeist makes you believe that they are pissed-off enough to do so. In the end of the day, that’s what punk rock is all about, and if we keep our eyes on such bands like Turbogeist, we might even experience yet another revolution in music and modern culture.
Review by Anna Dumpe