Lovelorn, Virginia based four-piece Turnover deliver a performance as beautiful as the venue itself.
Norwich is, famously, branded as ‘a fine city’. I can confirm that with a few pints of Blue Moon, witnessing the sunset over the historic marketplace and the prospect of seeing Turnover perform a gig in a church, this statement is a justifiable one. When I arrived at the venue, I was hoping that the evening would be even 1/10th as beautiful as its host – luckily, I was not disappointed.
CC Honeymoon is a name that I have seen batting around for a while. However, what I experienced at the Arts Centre was nothing like what I had expected. Honeymoon puts himself out there – alone with his synth pad – for the whole world to see. A bend of hypnotic, atmospheric synths and stories of longing, what Honeymoon is doing with his music is entirely unique. His sound pays homage to the stereotypical ambience of the 1980s. I know that this is a generic statement, but his baggy trousers, white vest and eerie lighting, felt to me – someone who was born 10 years too late – to have a quintessential 80s feel to it.
Although his work, on the surface, is something that I would not normally listen to, his performance captivated me. Whether it was his dance moves, confusing tattoos or the clear passion he had for his craft – I know I will be checking out some of his tunes in the near future.
The announcement that Virginia based four-piece, Turnover, would be playing Norwich as part of a 3-part UK tour was a little bit of a shock. As a warm-up show, of sorts, for their appearances at Slam Dunk and Dot to Dot Festival, a restored church in the middle of East Anglia still didn’t really make sense to me. However, the message from Austin Getz was a heart-warming one. With the band having played the famous, and now closed, Owl Sanctuary – he informed the crowd that Norwich was one of the first places that the band received any form of recognition for their 2015 album Peripheral Vision. His message was a genuine one and appeared to warm the hearts of everyone in the room. It all started to make sense.
Understandably, even the utterance of the words Peripheral Vision sparked the room into applause and cheers. This album is incredible. Adored by millions globally, this record is a definitive one for the band. Tunes such as Humming and Dizzy On the Comedown received the most welcome response from the crowd. In parts, the room even began to move – somewhat of a rarity at a composed, Turnover gig. Take My Head and Hello Euphoria were received in a similar manner, sparking a choir of voices to erupt in the chapel. I could spend hours revelling about these songs, and how incredible they are to me; however, I will leave it with just one word. Phenomenal.
The flatter parts of the set came from the interludes of tracks from the band’s 2017 album Good Nature. This string of shows was branded by the venue to be in support of this record, but unfortunately, it didn’t feel like it. The night opened with Supernatural, which is a delicate and soothing track. From here the set rolled effortlessly from one track to the next. Bonnie (Rhythm & Melody) and Sunshine Type were stellar efforts from this album, showcasing that the band have really grown as musicians from their last. These tracks were performed incredibly tightly but just failed to fill the room with anywhere near the same energy as those from its predecessor.
This performance was poised and powerful. Granted, I would have liked to have seen a little snapshot of appreciation on the band’s faces while they played, because the songs were being received incredibly well. However, by this point, they are true professionals. I really hope that the next album they release gives the band a little bit more oomph – on their next return to Norwich it would be nice for them to make more fond memories, like those from the Owl Sanctuary.