The 5 Bands series brings you five bands, or at very least five songs, that sound like a particular band.
In the past, upon looking for bands similar to my favourite artists of recent years, I have come across a few problems which I imagine everyone comes across... simply put: just because a band is associated with another band, does not mean they sound similar.
Too many times have I searched for bands similar to my latest musical obsession, with the results that I get largely just being other bands from the same label, or bands who they have shared the stage with. None of these lists or forum suggestions seem to specifically target the sound of the band and abandon all other ties, which is where 5 Bands comes in.
Before we get started, let's just clarify that I am strictly talking 'Peripheral Vision'-era Turnover on this list, so don't be disappointed if you don't hear anything that sounds like 'Sasha' or 'Shiver'. As much as I appreciate their older releases, Turnover's sound has evolved over the years and it seems the thing people want to hear more of is the latest iteration of the band.
So, here are 5 bands that actually sound like Turnover:
Now, with 'Peripheral Vision' being such a fresh, unique and modern take on the music that Turnover are pulling from their influences, it's understandable that some of the bands in this list, all the while sounding similar, are going to have some differences.
With Jaws, the most notable difference is audible right from the start - the electronics. The likes of synths and electronic drums are something that almost every band creating a similar sound to Turnover are using, but Turnover don't seem to have incorporated that into their signature sound yet.
In fact, it's probably one of the reasons that 'Peripheral Vision' sounds so unique. The lack of electronics leaves the band, on the whole, firmly remaining in the alternative genre. However, when a band like Jaws start using electronic drum samples and funkier basslines, it makes the band sit more under the indie umbrella.
Either way, Jaws use of heavy reverb on vocals and lead guitar riffs create an extremely similar sound to the faster side of Turnover - which we hear on the likes of 'Take My Head', for example.
2. It Looks Sad.
If you're not already familiar with them, this Charlotte, NC-based indie / emo quartet execute a very similar sound to the slower, more dreary side to 'Peripheral Vision'. For example, the way 'Fingers' feels like it's just being pulled along, almost being played slower than it should be, is very reminiscent of Turnover's 'Diazepam'.
Although, it is worth noting that even with the music being a near-match at times, the vocals are an extremely different style to Turnover. On It Looks Sad's EP, the vocal tracks stand prominently above the rest of the song. On the other hand, Turnover's dreamy reverb-fuelled vocals are supposed to buried in amongst the guitars and drums.
Regardless, It Looks Sad's brand of dreary emo / indie crossover certainly shows similarities to what Turnover are doing with 'Peripheral Vision'.
I honestly had never put Somos in this category before until I really thought about it, so I'll understand if you're not completely on board with this one.
Their change in sound has been pretty subtle, so you might not have realized it yet but with their new record, 'First Day Back', Somos have entered the dreamy state of alternative / indie music extremely successfully.
Similar to a few of the other bands on the list, the vocals aren't fighting their way through the instruments as much as 'Peripheral Vision', however, the components the build up Turnover's signature sound are all here, they're just presented a little differently.
Having said that, even with the vocal differences Somos are probably the only band I can think of that actually come close to having similarly unique actual vocal melodies in their songs, which I think is another thing that helps 'Peripheral Vision' stand out so much. The way the vocals bounce along the instrumental in such an overtly perfect way on 'I Would Hate You If I Could', for example, is something I haven't found another band being able to match - but Somos come really, really close.
On top of that, the repetitive, reverb-soaked lead guitar riffs you hear across 'First Day Back', most notably in the track 'Problem Child', is also a trait that you'll notice on 'Peripheral Vision'.
4. The Daysleepers
On the face of it, it feels like The Daysleepers seems to share many influences with Turnover, which results in a pretty similar end product. I'd even hazard a guess that their brand of heavier dream-pop might have influenced Turnover themselves when writing Peripheral Vision.
The shoegaze influence in particular on The Daysleepers 2008 album 'Drowned In A Sea Of Sound' leads the vocals to probably be the closest to the vocal style on 'Peripheral Vision' out of all the bands I've mentioned on this list.
On top of that, the heavy amount of reverb and delay is in all the same places, making for a very similar output, especially when compared to Turnover's album closer 'Intrapersonal' and 'Like Slow Disappearing' among other tracks.
By FAR the biggest stretch on this list, probably even more than the honourable mentions below, however, if you like 'Peripheral Vision' I am adamant you'll find something to enjoy about Porches.
The main connection between the two is the melancholic vocals, even if Porches' aren't as soaked in reverb as Turnover's, layered over an overall chilled out, dreamy indie sound which I think both bands execute very well, even if they do it a little differently.
Porches pretty much sound like someone drained the distortion out of Turnover, reduced the reverb and added some electronics. So, as I mentioned, it's a stretch but I think you'll find some similarities if you look hard enough.
Turnover's 'Peripheral Vision' is an extremely unique record combining elements of otherwise extremely saturated genres. Their decision to include and exclude certain traits of the standard dream-pop / alternative formula makes for a sound which is difficult for other bands in their circle to emulate, whether they're trying to or not.
Although the bands listed all have a certain amount of differences to Turnover, they also share a certain amount similarities that will hopefully quench your thirst until the next Turnover record is released.