A Year in Celebration: Peripheral Vision

What has been declared as an album which reflects a “goddamn lifestyle”, “one of the best albums I’ve ever heard” and “the album of the century”, by various Twitter users, Peripheral Vision supplied a transformation for the hardcore and pop punk scene. The album was released in early May of 2015, which means it’s approaching its first birthday. The beauty and revolutionary quality of Peripheral Vision is still being praised by fans around the world.

Previously released, Magnolia, amongst multiple EP’s all reflected an edgy pop punk sound that Turnover was known for. They had just toured with New Found Glory when they released Peripheral Vision, and turned their sound on its head. Turnover had released singles I Would Hate You If I Could and Cutting My Fingers Off, the former released on a 4-way split featuring Ivy League, Such Gold and Maker.

The album is lyrically similar to their punk roots, a contrast to the indie-rock sound. “Forget the nights that we spent laughing till the morning on your bedroom floor, without a thought about your roommates asleep down the hall” from I Would Hate You If I Could, is reminiscent of teen angst and late nights in love. Much of vocalist/guitarist Austin Getz’s words sound distant, dazed, as though he’s singing to himself down a long tunnel; and you are treated by getting to hear it. His voice carries through the music perfectly, finishing each line with just enough syllables, just enough breathiness. The listener always waits for the next line of delivery, never knowing what is to come. The often violent and edgy lyrics (“Losing you is like cutting my fingers off”) are juxtaposed with Getz’s airy voice, and create a dream-like trance. This special combination has captured the hearts and ears of many in the hardcore and punk scenes, Peripheral Vision is noted for it’s melancholy tones.

In comparison to Title Fight’s Hyperview, Peripheral Vision was produced by Will Yip; known for producing modern bands: Citizen, Whirr, Pity Sex, Tigers Jaw, Circa Survive, and Balance and Composure amongst others. The dramatic switch from punk to indie is also shown in Title Fight’s discography. The low hum in the background seems as it is the album’s heartbeat, the string to tie the album together.

Peripheral Vision is best listened to on a warm day, a light breeze blowing, watching clouds form and pass. On a late night drive with your best friends, reflecting on life, love, and hardship. At the beach, letting sea foam tickle your toes while the scent of sunscreen fills the air. Kissing your significant other. Crying because they ended things with you. The list goes on.

Peripheral Vision changed a musical scene forever. It is just a taste for what Turnover has in store; and I for one, am waiting with baited breath.


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