Turnstile Junkpile

Turnstile Junkpile

 London, England, GBR
BandAmericanaRock

Turnstile Junkpile are a four-piece Americana outfit from London influenced by alt-country, sixties soul, southern twang, and all in music that is beautiful, and nasty, and dirty, and funky. You'll hear pedal steel, banjo, harmonies, grooves, soul and all the rest of it.

Biography

Turnstile Junkpile are a four-piece Americana outfit from London influenced by alt-country, sixties soul, southern twang, and all in music that is beautiful, and nasty, and dirty, and funky.

After getting together in 2010 or thereabouts they’ve played the London country and Americana scene, doing nights like Come Down and Meet the Folks, What’s Cookin’, Countrier Than Thou, Bonanza, Clerkenville West, the Glad, and Nashville Babylon.

In July 2012 they released their debut CD, Everything Is Cheaper Than It Looks.

From the country-fuelled Time is Running Out that opens it through to the swampy, sweatshop energy of the title track, this seven track mini-album quickly attracted great reviews in the UK, Europe and the US. Among them:

* MOJO magazine in the UK added it to their playlist of essential new releases in October 2012.

* “Excellent. Warm expressive lead vocals, tremendous harmonies, excellent writing, gorgeous steel guitar. Their future looks very bright.”- American Roots UK

* “Turnstile Junkpile have created a piece of real deal Americana. Recorded proof that retro can be progressive. Without any reservation this is a fine album”. - Fatea Magazine UK

* “The musicality is remarkable, the high-quality lyrics are provoking and a fascinating glimpse into a deep soul, the harmonies are tight, and style just right. This one will be on repeat for a long time to come.” - Independent Sky, USA

You’ll hear echoes of The Band, The Byrds and the Flying Burritos, but - as American Roots puts it - Turnstile Junkpile ‘are not copyists’.

The release of the record (yeah, they still think in vinyl) has seen Turnstile doing shows outside London in Brighton, Lewes and Winchester. Expect more shows further afield in 2013.

The line-up is Mat Clark (vocals & guitars), Ben Sumner (pedal steel, banjo, lap steel, vocals), Lawrence McNamara (bass & vocals), Tim Leadley (drums & vocals). The CD is self-released on the band’s own Requisite Nasty label.

WEB SITE: http://turnstilejunkpile.tumblr.com

Lyrics

Time Is Running Out

Written By: Clark

Time is Running Out

We stumbled across a reservoir, that looked just like a Roman spa, with you
We busked on Carlo’s old guitar and made our way to Omaha, with you
In run down, no hope towns we ate and opened up an old debate, with you
Nothing built could slow us down as back to rain and eiderdown we flew

But time is running out

The night we spoke of Superflies, that flew on earth and walked on sky, with you
We watched you through our bloodshot eyes as you stood screaming at the fire, “It’s true!”
We walked through cold industrial towns, as sun came up and moon fell down, with you
We gambled, drank and theorised, and laughed out loud until we cried, all with you

But time is running out

Big or small, we took them all
Rode the waves, and felt the falls
We lived and loved, and laughed and cried
We ruled the world when time was on our side

But time is running out

Cheaper Than It Looks

Written By: Clark

Everything Is Cheaper Than It Looks

Come right in but mind the step, the name is Archie Moore
Pleased to meet you one and all, and welcome to my store
Seven generations got their pictures on the wall
Junior’s here right by my side to take care of you all
So you see it’s plain that we are not your average crooks
Everything is cheaper than it looks

Walter’s in the basement, just trying to make a crust
He ain’t seen the sun in 15 years and his eyes have turned to dust
Sally’s in the backroom dishing out the pills
Potions, herbs and remedies to cure all of your ills
You’ll be coming back for more cos it’ll hook you what she cooks
Everything is cheaper than it looks

We’ve got boiler suits and gasmasks left over from the war
There’s a box of purple umbrellas over by the door
Rows and rows of sweatshop clothes with such a modest tag
You may think you care but life’s not fair and it’ll jump right in your bag
A box of plastic avocado shower curtain hooks
Everything is cheaper than it looks

So don’t be shy if you’re passing by, pop in and pass the time
We get new stock around the clock and things are going just fine
Ten kinds of toxic scented candles just new in today
And fat-free beer and virtual cheer to help you on your way
We got cardboard chairs and rubber cheese
And plastic birds in plastic trees
And all of these are cheaper than they look

Wishing Well

Written By: Clark

Wishing Well

You can pray if you want to, but the wishing well is dry
They’ll never hear your cries, as hard as you may try

You can beg like a pauper, it’ll fall on stony ground
You can howl like a hound, but your voice won’t make a sound

You can plead for forgiveness, but they’ll never hear your pleas
You can get down on your knees, you can say your Hail Marys

You could wail like a banshee, stick some paper in the wall
You can build your temples tall, further down for you to fall
Save your breath and stand in line with all the rest

Because you don’t get a pass, you have to get up off your arse
So don’t call your maker’s name just to hide your living shame
You’re a bad man and we know that just the same

You can sing Hallelujah, go to church from time to time
You can take a little wine, you could never touch the swine

You can bow to a statue, you can shave off all your hair.
Buy some special clothes to wear, you could never touch down there

You can preach if you have to, you can tell them what to eat
Tell them not to eat the meat, of certain things with certain feet.

You can lie if you want to
You can burn those bridges down
Watch them smoking on the ground, but the flames won’t make a sound
Save your time and grab a ticket, wait in line

Because you don’t get a pass, you have to get up off your arse
So don’t call your maker’s name just to hide your living shame
You’re a bad man and we know that just the same

Discography

MINI-ALBUM

"Everything Is Cheaper Than It Looks"
(7-track mini album, released on Requisite Nasty, 2012)
- Great reviews in the UK, USA and Europe
- Radio and podcast play in the UK, US and Europe

SONGS ON COMPILATIONS
"Time Is Running Out"
- Fatea Showcase, Winter 2012

Set List

Original americana / country / rock.