Turbogeist are raucous punk rock with ridiculous/inspired/mental (delete as appropriate) lyrical imagery. Playing live with one of our favourites, The Computers, and on the cusp of what sounds like quite a tasty record deal, we brought the lads in to the studio for a live session. The track above is Mermaid's Revenge.
So when we saw you last we managed to sneak you in for an Amazing Session on your day off - between Glasgow and York I think - how was the rest of the tour?
All of the shows were awesome but we had an especially good time in Glasgow; they do know how to have a good time. Exeter was good too, we played with two great bands - Rat Attack and the almighty Disfigured. It was the best of times it was the blurst of times...
Has there been a conscious decision to make Turbogeist full time?
I don't think there was a decision it's just sorta happened. Certainly, we will see how is goes but we've just signed a four album deal so that means we have a proper job now. Not just four guys making noise. Everyone has to make sacrifices but as long as we are in control then I'm happy to put anything aside for the "Geist".
So, can we expect a full EP or even an album any time soon?
Hell yeah! we are scrapping the EP with the intent to record a full-length asap. We are speaking with producers and working things out now.
You released the Alien Girl double A-Side through Big Meanie, how did that label come about?
Big Meanie is our own record label set up by me and Luis. We originally set it up just for self release but we are currently working on the 4th and 5th project and enjoy running the label. It's given us more insight into the music business.
Speaking of the Alien Girl single, I loved the artwork that came with the 7" and the addition of a comic book. How important do you think it is to have this kind of 'added value' with a release?
I certainly think that in today's world there is so much music that it's hard to see the wood through the trees. A record should be judged on its musical merit but we would all be lying to ourselves if we said we never thought a picture disk was cool or a hologram cover was bad ass. We want the album to come with a full on graphic novel - a story for each song.
What advice would you give to those bands looking to put out their own records? Is a deal even important anymore?
I think the most important thing is to not think that someday something good might happen, you have to make things happen. As cliche as that sounds, you just have to be relentless. If you want it bad enough then you can always find a way to get it. Phone promoters and ask for support slots, mail out hundreds of CDs, be relentless. Certain deals can really help you out, some can really hold you back. We reckon that they are important as we a signing one this week!
As for the session itself, the four tracks sound great, we especially like the featured video (Mermaid's Revenge). Is that going to be your new single?
I'm not certain. Our singles are decided by a mystic river vole... But maybe.
How did you find the day's recording? Is it an approach you're used to?
We had a great time, really enjoyed the process of recording live, it's easy to get into the session with everyone in the same room. You vibe and shit. Sam and Chris (engineers) are great guys and we are looking forward to doing some stuff with them in the future..
So what's up next for you all?
James' other band Skets is playing with Subhumans in December. Joshs' band (with his bro) Mutant are recording an EP with Russ Russe and Luis's side project Shuga are releasing a debut single on November 14th.
AND TURBOGEIST, the mother ship, will be recording the long awaited debut ALBUM before the end of the year. It's been a long time coming and we are finally ready. We cant wait!!! We have two shows left this year, Southampton Joiners on the 19th of October and Exeter Cavern with our good friends The Computers on the 20th. We will be doing some fun stuff for Crimbo too.
Check out more from Turbogeist at their amazingtunes.com profile.