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The best kept secret in music


"Draws from everywhere..."

Lower indie-rock psychedelia, draws from Joy Division, Slowdive, Durutti Column, Galaxy 500. Fascinating and cool. Belle & Sebastian's drugged up cousin. Can't talk… coming down. Spacemen 3, sort of. - Hybridmagazine

"Independent films soundtrack..."

“I Fought TV Screens” manages to bring back memories of the warm sardonicisms of Pavement with its dual muttered vocals, but the real gem is “Warranty,” which sounds like their previous material with a huge grin on its face. It's the kind of song independent films would play over a montage of the quirky protagonist and his/her quirky love interest flirting in the summer sun. - Stylusmagazine

"Bono wanders off..."

Multi-layered cunning, effects, chiming guitars and vox breezes that spin off individually to create pleasant whirpools and this is “Dirty Rain” and it’s big label, big band, long track record experienced in it’s quality and accomplishment and I’m wondering why we can’t just let Bono wander off and officially assume the role of chief cunt and leave people like Turnpike Glow to make incandescent pop-rock noises like “Forecasts”? Maybe you you could take a listen at www.turnpikeglow.com and let us all know the way you’d like it to turn out? - Unpeeled

"An arresting debut"

And another killer release from Italy which we don’t mind admitting to have had fun aplenty with is a delightful 6-track debut from Rome based quartet Turnpike Glow. Having already supported the likes of the very wonderful Jennifer Gentle and the Radio Dept it shouldn’t be too long before media attention turns on this lot because without doubt this collection of cuts reveals a creative song craft at work that though evidently pop rooted prefers to operate on the more wayward fringes of lilting space groove. But then add into that the lacing of subtle after hours exotica with the distant echo of fragmented carnival rhymes and curvaceous sliding guitars (especially on the impossibly catchy ‘Dancing Can’) and you have something that slowly begins to unravel your defences and eke slowly but surely a sensual myriad of forgotten sensations and ethereal woven elegance. ‘Forecasts’ is alone worthy of the entrance fees by itself, softly tingling melch-pop that harbours a divisive twist where an apparent soaring bliss filled return to the memory fading scratched romance of driving shoe gaze splendour of days gone by is underway that references the bitter sweet shimmer of early Moose or a more comatosely divine Ride. ‘Mainstream’ could easily be an update of Radio 4’s lovingly docile Ronald Binge backdrop for the shipping forecast ‘Sailing by’ with its down tempo maritime texture not a million miles from those found on Toshack Heighway’s debut long player. Elsewhere the flotilla of chiming chords that heralds the heartbreaking ‘Chopin (wears your best gown)’ softly curls switching tempo one minute mirroring the quietly cautious slow core of Codeine the next fizzing up like a muscular Stereolab with more than a trace of Quickspace noodling in the shadows. Throw in the sublimely chilled celestial waltz of ‘Falling at the Whistle’ with its duelling leads and keyboard induced enchanted fairy tale demeanour and the honeycombed multi layered ‘Dirty Rain’ and you have yourselves an arresting debut that just might catch you unaware and serve as one of those soundtracks for a spot of under the shade of a tree watching the world pass by moments this summer. - Losing Today

"Fans of intelligent guitar pop"

Rome-based Turnpike Glow have crafted an pretty impressive debut EP with Rush Home, a delicate mix of classic Brit Pop, latter day Radiohead and the gentle side of Sonic Youth. Turnpike Glow's brand of effects-heavy guitar pop is both spacey and intricate - focused enough to catch a listener on first play but textured enough to warrant further headphone attention. "Dirty Rain" opens with a very Kid A-esque noise and drums burst before transistioning into a looping, hypnotic chorus which repeats for most of the 3 minute song. "Forecasts" opens with a lone guitar and buried talking, then drifts into a swaying verse which in turn tenses up into a "...And They Will Know Us By the Trail of the Dead"-eque passage (maybe the chorus?) before descending again into free flow guitar. The dynamics and interesting parts make "Forecasts" a standout track, altough at nearly 6 minutes it's a bit less accessible than the rest of the EP. "Chopin (Wears Your Best Gown)" backs up a great title with trance-like vocals and some fine e-Bow work. "Dancing Can" continues along the same basic lines of breathy vocals and guitar reverb, whereas "Falling at the Whistle" takes a more abstract, yet wholly enjoyable, approach with organ, slide guitar and hardly noticable vocals. Rush Home closes with "Mainstream", a mini epic that blends strings, an almost "When the Levee Breaks"-like drum part, and some ambient noise into a brief instrumental gem. Fans of intelligent guitar pop should check out Turnpike Glow.

- Bluemag


Rush Home Ep - 2006


Feeling a bit camera shy


Turnpike Glow were born in 2003 in Rome to restore some faith in the frustrating destiny of modern pop. In order to bestow the scent of their cheeky genius, they rely on moral sanity and corrupted guitars to reach all the different glances your soul desires. After sharing the stage with Cooper Temple Clause and a variety of recent signings including Jennifer Gentle and The Constantines (Sub Pop), Radio Dept (XL) and The Others (Poptones), these four guys living in Rome (two of them were actually born in Germany) are now looking for their piece of the scene. With ears wide open to the trends of American independent music, TPG has developed a unique amalgamation of sound and emotion bringing to mind diverse groups like Doves, Grandaddy, Flaming Lips, and Broken Social Scene. Turnpike Glow aims to tour the US in the summer of 2006. The EP is called Rush Home. Give it a listen. We'd appreciate your thoughts.