As Turnstile push further and further, the frontman insists that it’s still very much fair to call them a hardcore band, though he’s increasingly detached from genre definition as a concept. “I’ve never really liked labels. They tend to be things that divide people. I work to do the opposite. It’s important to emphasise anyone’s uniqueness and what bands [really] are within those genre definitions. It’s never about excluding anyone.”
That applies well beyond music, he stresses, but the wider world might finally be catching up. With those core values of individualism, self-determination, non-traditionalism and diversity, Turnstile could scarcely be better placed to provide the soundtrack as humanity steps back into the sun through 2021 and beyond. “People spend their lives trying to assemble this system where everything is categorised, and they’re happy because things can easily be defined. There’s a lot to be said for trying to break that down, and to leave room for mystery, learning, and understanding people you didn’t previously understand.”
And, while they’ve got faith that COVID’s dark age will ultimately flourish into a “renaissance” of new music and art, open hearts and higher minds, now more than ever Brendan and his bandmates are happy to take each day, and to relish each experience, as it comes.
“It feels like we’re on the edge of something exciting. But we’ve come to understand that nothing in the future is promised or guaranteed. People don’t often even think about it, but just getting to share in this world of all these people doing the same thing is so, so special.”
A parting grin as he savours a last sip of that coffee and turns his eyes to the blue skies overhead.
“Sometimes, just being able to exist is enough…”
Turnstile's Glow On is released on August 27 via Roadrunner Records.
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