TURBOSTILL: Liquid Rock n’ Roll
By Alistar Wickens
I was never a big fan of Master Cheesemaker, the former band of two members of Palmerston North’s Turbostill, but thought I’d give them the benefit of the doubt and hope they had moved on since those seedy days of beer and bad heavy metal. They have, but not in a good way. Master Cheesemaker at least had the benefit of being fast, loud and heavy, but with Turbostill they’ve taken that sound and the alcohol fuelled lyrics and softened it up. The result is sloppy sounding, straight rock. Bands like NOFX have been making a living of this sort of music for years, but they manage to make it sound interesting and fun. I can see it appealing to a room full of drunken first year Ag. Science students, but the band is shutting out a wider audience by concentrating almost exclusively on songs about drinking. That said, there must be a market out there for this, as the band is touring Australia and this is their third release – so if you agree that ‘drinking is a real job’ then this might be the album for you.