“We’ve been a band since 2009. We’ve done a good amount of releases and touring. We had kind of gotten used to and conditioned to a certain mode of how things operate,” frontman Austin Getz considers. “‘Peripheral Vision’ really shook everything up,” he proclaims. When they released their second record two years ago, the excitement and adoration surrounding Turnover shot to fever pitch.
An album that gave voice to the turmoil and confusion that comes with coming of age, ‘Peripheral Vision’ is a vehicle of self-expression that quickly found its place in the hearts of audiences en masse. “I don’t think any of us went into it expecting people to care about it or feel attached to it as much as they have,” Austin acknowledges. “It’s been pretty rewarding. It feels good to help people in some way.”
Touring around the world, performing their innately heartfelt songs to crowds hanging on to their every refrain, over the past two years Turnover have stood at the top of their game. Ever since, expectations and excitement for what might follow for the band have been at an all time high. But for the Virginia Beach outfit, there has only ever been one way to progress, and that is to evolve.
“Every artist that I really like, and I think every great artist, has never really just stayed the same or done the same thing,” Austin deliberates. Surrounded by a world that’s constantly altering, drawing from influences that continue to shift and evolve, change has always been a part of the writing process for the band. “It’s nice as an artist when you know that you are affecting people. It feels like you’re doing something real,” the frontman enthuses.
“There was a sense of not wanting to alienate people,” he admits, “but it was vastly overshadowed by the desire to remain genuine and do what we really felt at the time.” Putting themselves and their emotions front and centre in their music is part of what has always made the band’s music so easy to fall for. “I think that part of being an artist is that you put a little bit – or a lot – of yourself into your art,” Austin states.
“When we were writing ‘Peripheral Vision’ those songs were who we were as people,” he explains. “I think that’s a time of growth for anyone, being in their early twenties. You’re transitioning from being a child into being an adult. Along with that comes tonne of different stuff: your relationships with friends, romantic relationships, your relationship with the world, how you treat other people, selfishness and egocentricity…”
It’s a lot to take in, and a lot to respond to, but two years on the group are taking it all in their stride. “We all had grown a lot in those years following ‘Peripheral Vision’,” Austin states, “but a large part of that is because of those songs.” Cue the release of third album ‘Good Nature’, a record that the frontman describes as “answering the questions that I had started to ask, and learning about what I feel about the world and myself.”
Experiencing change at the same time as striving for it, ‘Good Nature’ is a portrayal of everything Turnover have grown to be. “Sometimes it can be hard to write about certain things in a poetic way,” Austin mulls. “It can come across as corny, as preachy, as whatever… More so when things aren’t often addressed in a song, so you don’t have a model of how to write.” Venturing into territories unknown, the result is a sound distinctly and characteristically the group’s own.
“I think that ultimately the band is a really cool tool and a cool outlet for creativity in a lot of different ways,” he enthuses. “We just really tried to flex that opportunity on the record. We wanted to expand and do new things with the band, do things that we thought sounded cool or wanted to talk about lyrically.” Drawing together a range of influences and experiences, ‘Good Nature’ is Turnover at their most dynamic.
“I felt that I had learned something that had made me happier as a person,” Austin enthuses. “I wanted to reach out and let other people hear those same things,” he offers. “Maybe it will help them. Maybe not. Maybe they will take something entirely different from it that I didn’t intend,” he shrugs, “but that doesn’t make it any less real.” It’s a powerful thing, to be able to communicate emotion, and it’s something the band continue to strive for in everything they do.
“There have been people that have told me things they have got and things that have affected them from ‘Peripheral Vision’ that were not at all my intention,” Austin conveys, “and I’m sure I’ve felt things before from music that I’ve heard that was not at all what the artist was intending,” he adds. “What I would hope for someone to take might be something they don’t need at all in their life.”
“That’s one of the beautiful things about music,” he illustrates. “When you listen to it, it does something so real for you as a person.” And that’s all Turnover want: sharing their experiences and their emotions on record, their only hope is that it resonates. “I put so much of myself, and so much hope that it really would do good things for people, into the record,” Austin expresses. “I’m just anxious for that magic to start to work and start to happen.”
“The whole record is about learning,” he summarises. “Whatever people need, I hope that they can find it here.” Through love and heartache, confusion and resolution, ‘Good Nature’ is a venture through everything that makes Turnover, Turnover. Just maybe, there might be something that speaks to you too.
Taken from the September issue of Upset. Order a copy below. Turnover’s album ‘Peripheral Vision’ is out now.