The rising popularity of Turnstile’s latest album, GLOW ON, has lead to the Baltimore-based band to become a household name in the hardcore scene. They are currently on their second tour of the year and their show at the Anthem was technically their hometown stop — Baltimore being just an hour away. The sold-out crowd of 6,000 people was also quite a step up from their 1,200 capacity shows at the 9:30 Club back in May.
Before the show, the crowd gleefully sang along as Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” played in the venue. Everyone was in good spirits, excited to mosh and rage. Shortly after, the 5-piece band made up of Brendan Yates, Pat McCrory, Franz Lyons, Daniel Fang, and Greg Cerwonka (filling in for Brady Ebert who recently left the band) took the stage and opened with the ferocious “HOLIDAY.”
Every band member put on an incredibly physical performance. Frontman, Brendan Yates, punched the air and flailed his limbs in all directions. The guitarists leapt across the stage and head banged during their solos. They packed enormous energy into an hour-long set. Turnstile also truly facilitates an environment of camaraderie and mutual respect. The mosh pits were seemingly extremely violent, but anytime someone fell they were immediately helped up by a fellow stranger. People looked out for each other and made sure everyone was ok and having fun.
They performed GLOW ON almost in its entirety as well as some selects from their 2018 album, Time & Space. Highlights included a call and response treatment of “ALIEN LOVE CALL,” a several minute long drum solo after “FLY AGAIN” that opened a massive whirlpool-like circle pit in center of the venue, and “T.L.C.,” the finale of the night when half a dozen mosh pits were sprinkled through the crowd as confetti rained down on the chaos.
Check out photos from the night below:
Check out Turstile’s upcoming tour dates here.
Photography & Review by Hailey Collins