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Turnstile surprise release collaborative EP with BADBADNOTGOOD

'New Heart Designs' is out now

By Joe Goggins

Turnstile press shot, 2023
The band were nominated for three Grammy Awards for 'Glow On'. (Photo: Alexis Gross)

Turnstile have dropped a surprise collaborative EP with BADBADNOTGOOD, as they prepare to return to the UK next week.

The incendiary Baltimore punks have teamed up with the Toronto alt-jazz outfit for a three track effort, New Heart Designs, that takes songs from the former’s critically acclaimed debut LP Glow On and reimagines them in a new context. The new version of ‘Alien Love Call’ again features Dev Hynes in his Blood Orange guise, as it did on Glow On. Additionally, a new music video that encompasses all three songs has been released, directed by Alex Henery. You can see it below. The EP is expected to be released on vinyl later this year.

The EP arrives as Turnstile gear up for what appears set to be the hardcore band’s only UK show of 2023, a sold-out turn at Manchester’s 3500-capacity Victoria Warehouse next Wednesday (August 16). The group in Europe for a slew of festival appearances across the continent, on a short tour that will take them to France, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands. They are on a victory lap for Glow On, which scored them three nominations at the Grammy Awards last year; ‘Holiday’ was up for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song, while ‘Blackout’ was up for the Best Metal Performance gong.

Frontman Brendan Yates reflected on the nominations being split across categories in an interview with Rolling Stone last November. “Growing up, where we came from and what we’re inspired by, it’s a very wide spectrum of music — including punk and metal and rock and all kinds of things,” he said. “So the fact that it somehow could fit into both feels pretty accurate to us.”

The group’s unlikely rise to mainstream rock recognition offered up a further honour earlier this week, when the group were selected to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a baseball match between their local team, Baltimore Orioles, and Houston Astros. Guitarist Pat McCrory stepped up to throw to Orioles catcher James McCann. Meanwhile, Yates was recognised for his work outside the band earlier this week when he picked up an MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Alternative for the video for ‘This Is Why’ by Paramore, which he directed.

Turnstile and BADBADNOTGOOD – New Heart Designs:

  1. ‘Mystery’
  2. ‘Alien Love Call’ [feat. Blood Orange]
  3. ‘Underwater Boi’

Turnstile, August 2023:

16 – Manchester, Victoria Warehouse