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Photo Gallery: Turnover / Elvis Depressedly / Emma Ruth Rundle / Mess at The Bottleneck

Austin Getz of Turnover
As temperatures outside plummeted, a couple hundred kids -- and a few parents -- found warmth in a Sunday night rock show at The Bottleneck. Turnover, from Virginia Beach, Virginia, started its run in 2011 as a somewhat typical pop-punk band. Things took a turn for the best in 2015, however, when the band released its debut album "Peripheral Vision." That record's slow-simmering dream pop tunes won them scores of new fans, many of which shrieked with joy as the band took the stage.

Turnover released a follow-up LP, "Good Nature," earlier this year and while it wasn't received as well as the previous effort, fans still came out en masse. The album possesses the same sparkling guitar leads as its predecessor, but its songs are a bit more optimistic. While a small handful of "Good Nature" tracks prompted brief singalongs, "Peripheral Vision" cuts like "Cutting My Fingers Off" and "Dizzy On The Comedown" practically tore the house down. Vocalist/guitarist Austin Getz didn't seem to mind the disparity in reception though. He gave his sincere thanks to the audience for the support and claimed the show to be his favorite Kansas performance yet.

North Carolina quartet Elvis Depressedly preceded Turnover's hour-long performance. The group's name makes it clear right out the gate that it's unafraid of dropping goofy jokes and pop culture references. That same dry sense of humor was filtered through over a dozen songs of short and somber bedroom pop that often came and went in less than two minutes. Most of these songs resembled twinkly emo numbers, but louder songs revealed the same sensibilities that could be found in the early work of Rivers Cuomo and company.

Los Angeles singer-songwriter Emma Ruth Rundle and her band dressed in all black, but stuck out a bit in comparison to the rest of the bill. Rundle's mature, ethereal work occasionally employed drones and a darker style of songwriting that lacked the pop charm of the night's other performers. Nonetheless, the performance was still one of the most beautiful to grace The Bottleneck stage this year.

Kansas City's Mess was a late addition to the bill, but in its short set the band still managed to   impress an anxious crowd that had just escaped the cold. The performance featured a remarkable attention to detail, seamless transitions, and other dynamics often neglected by newer acts. Its stirring post-hardcore compositions impressed the touring bands and sounded just as clean-cut and professional as the band had planned. Mess might've grown up on the stuff, but the band is far removed from your average pizza driver pop-punk.

Full photo gallery here.

1 comment:

  1. Rocking night at The Bottleneck! Turnover's journey from pop-punk to dream pop had the crowd in a frenzy. Despite the newer "Good Nature" tracks, it was the classics like "Cutting My Fingers Off" that stole the show. Austin Getz's gratitude to the fans made it an unforgettable night. Need photo editing for these concert memories?


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