In a world ruled by fabricated pop-music, reality TV talent and flavor-of-the-minute hipster bands, it’s rare to find an act that exudes the essence of rock while maintaining integrity and original thought, but every so often a band comes along that pushes boundaries and defies the monotonous mainstream standard. One such band that is currently electrifying the UK’s underground punk scene with their brash brand of unique sci-fi infused rock is Turbogeist.
Like many before them, Turbogeist was born of two friends, Jimmy and Luis, jamming together for kicks while passing the time in their hometown of London. They reached a point where they wanted to take it to the next level and in 2009 recruited Josh on drums and eventually James on bass later in 2010.
Inspired by 70’s era punk-rock and 80’s hardcore and taking cues from The Replacements, The Damned and The Misfits as well as their love of comic books, Turbogeist set out to carve their own path melding their influences into an amalgam of twisted sci-fi laden punk rock that explodes with raw aggression and attitude.
With Turbogeist’s sound dialed in, the band began playing dates throughout London and recorded their first single, “Alien Girl,” which was released as a 7” vinyl record with the track “Rats” on their own Big Meanie Records in late 2010. The track received worldwide attention garnering writeups in Rolling Stone, SPIN and Clash among others and propelled them to new heights that led to performances with the likes of Trash Talk, Beatsteaks, Wolfmother, Fu Manchu, Public Image Limited and LCD Soundsystem to name a few, as well as a stop at SXSW and a U.S. tour.
In 2012, Turbogeist inked a deal with Spinefarm Records, a Finland based subsidiary of Universal Music Group, and entered Livingston Studios in London with producer Chris Sheldon to begin working on their first EP, Ancient Secrets.
Inspired in part by the speculated end of the world among other things, Ancient Secrets features five ripping tracks that foretell mankind's inability to evolve; from “Mermaid’s Revenge,” about man’s ill fated attempts to conquer nature, to “Zero Friends”, a song about society's slow death by social networking.
“Ancient Secrets pertains to our obsession with all things fantastical and cryptic,” says Jimmy. “It's an abstract title but these are abstract times. We didn't wanna make a oi oi punk angst record, although that’s how we started out. We wanted to make something more tongue in cheek, more weird. We were always turned on by a splatter gun of influences. We didn’t want to make a punk or hardcore or glam or thrash record, didn't wanna make anything that felt sonically linear. If the EP were a drug it would probably be acid, as it could go in a few directions. It could be scary but could also make you laugh or cry or make you realize that nothing is real and we are all just a collection of atoms moving very fast to no discernible end.”
While genres fade in and out of fashion, one thing always remains true: original and innovative music prevails at the end of the day. And if there’s ever a time for a musical revolution, it’s now.