Quick Hitters:: Shane Turner Overdrive

When I hear the name Shane Turner Overdrive, I can’t help but think of Barry Jive & the Uptown 5 and the insane amount of times I watched and re-watched the High Fidelity in the early 2000s or the countless punk bands that have used clever wordplay to come up with their name (John Cougar Concentration Camp anyone?).


Naturally, I assumed the worst - fearing another mall punk band was going to “hit us off with some songs” and get us to “peep the myspace for deets, bro” - until I dug a little deeper and discovered that Shane Turner was a one-time member of The Salteens and still inhabits the same spots (and stages) as herohill favs Fanshaw and Woodpigeon. Thankfully, instead of being driven by Hot Topic and Orange Julius, Shane’s self-titled debut is the result of playing with countless talented people (he contributed to The Choir Practice, The Salteens, Woodpigeon, Fanshaw and Memphis to name a few bands) and understanding of what it takes to put a song together and a patience that allowed him to fine tune his craft over the last eight years.


On a casual listen you might hear a song like Tapes of Libra and fixate on the similarities it has to some of Mark Hamilton’s work, but the record is too focused and cohesive to think of this as anything more than a tip of the cap to a friend. As Shane hits you with hook after hook, it becomes obvious that he didn’t want to drag you into his sadness. The blissful guitar pop is laced with honesty and sing-along choruses that will warm the hearts of Nada Surf fans (just take a listen to Riots of Spring or the first minute of Weird Death) as he eschews the muddled, lo-fi sounds and dreary outlook that saturates and slows down indie rock today. Basically, his songs are rooted in the premise that indie rock shouldn’t simply be a morose diary entry and intricate, 13-instrument arrangements. Turner prefers to plug in and rock, making sure any additional layers (like nice organ work or vocals from Olivia Fetherstonhaugh) or loop pedals are used to make a point not just to clutter up the mix.


Weaving all over the pop map - Taped on Walls drifts into New Pornographer comfort zone and the fuzz and static of Weird Death and give the record some bite and instability- Turner constantly works to keep the listener’s energy and interest up. Even the awesome-ly titled organ snippets (Cyril Sneer and Cedric Sneer) are nice palette cleansers that refresh the LP and prove that this role player is quite ready to step up and make the big plays needed during a playoff run.


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MP3:: Shane Turner Overdrive - Riots of Spring
WEB:: http://www.myspace.com/shaneturneroverdrive

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