In Depth Concert Review: Turnover + Mannequin Pussy and Summer Salt


I walked through the doors of Republic NOLA with a multitude of mixed expectations for a couple of reasons...

1.) The opening acts were two extremely different genres and moods, for example, Summer Salt is a super laid-back surf rock band from Austin and Mannequin Pussy is a rebellious and passionate punk rock band from Philadelphia.

2.) Turnover had, in the bands earlier days, been a punk rock band, but their new album Good Nature proves otherwise with its smooth guitar riffs and chill, beachy undertone.

3.) I was unsure if Turnover would only play their newest album because of the newer crowd it has attracted or if they would play a majority of their most popular album Peripheral Vision.

That being said, the entire show made me feel like a kid at Christmas time.

I walked in literally five minutes till show time in which I waltzed my way right up to the front of the stage. In my prime time as a concert goer I've definitely become a more laid back observer, so it's been awhile since I experienced a concert "front row."

The on-stage screen glitched a little then revealed who the first act would be... Summer Salt, a coral reef rock band from Austin, TX. Ahhh I was pumped for this band, a true patron of beach goth, surf rock and dream pop that I had played multiple times on The Sandbar.

The lead singer, Matthew Terry sang to us like an angel while he jumped around shoeless, Phil Baier, the bass guitarist, danced along with a smile and throughout the set, reinsured the crowd that the band was genuinely happy to be there while Eugene Chung (drums) and MJ Tribssasi (guitar) rocked their instruments like mad men. The band truly gave us a feeling of euphoria.

Their set was short (a little under an hour) but super sweet and although it seemed like most of the crowd wasn't too familiar with the bands tunes, they were dazed and swaying along: they were hypnotized.

Of course I was sad to see Summer Salt go, but I was so ready for Mannequin Pussy to rock my world and boy did they...

Marisa Dabice, the lead singer, was chatting with us while setting up her equipment before the set, which was a humbling reminder that artists are just human too.

The band greeted us and began killing it. The music was so loud and paralyzing I could feel it throughout my entire body. All the while, the band members played like it was their last show ever and I really thought they might all fall over from exhaustion by the end. Mannequin Pussy started, pushed through and ended with a BANG. Marisa grabbed her hot tea and sipped it religiously throughout the set, little did we know, she had a cold!? Regardless, she rocked the stage like she was the healthiest woman alive.

The set felt like a tornado had just run right through Republic NOLA and left us all in shock. Marisa's screams and the intense punk rock sound was invigorating, empowering and passionate. I would absolutely re-live that set a million times just to feel that way again.

Picture this: You and a really great friend of yours are in the car, windows down, wind blowing hair in your face and the sun's rays are beating down from the open sunroof. Turnover's new single Super Natural blasts through the speakers because Peripheral Vision was the soundtrack of your summer and it only makes sense to enjoy something new. Everything is refreshing other than the humidity due to the fact that you guys are making your way down to southern Texas after running around the West coast all summer. Everything is perfect and this song means everything to you in this moment.

Well, that ^ was me and Turnover brought me back to that beautiful time of the past.

The stage was drenched in fake leave vines and colorful light beams while old Sony televisions played random clips of madness to entertain us while we waited for the band to begin their magic.

As soon as the first chords of Super Natural drifted through the air, suddenly all of my summer memories came rushing back. Nothing beats the excitement of the first song even though I knew exactly what it would be.

The setlist was surprising, but also at the same time, a relief. They started with a few of their tracks from Good Nature then gifted us some treasures from Peripheral Vision. The set went on like this, going back and forth between the two albums. Somehow they made each song flow seamlessly into the other even though the albums are two completely different genres. I must admit I held back a few tears just because I've dreamed of seeing this band live for so long and their performance satisfied that longing in my soul.

One thing about Winter Circle Productions is that they really know how to put on an amazing show for the fans. Yes, most music event production companies put on great shows, but WCP specifically curates the line ups of these shows to cater to the diverse range of fans attending. I really don't believe any other company genuinely cares for the fans the way WCP does. I am forever grateful to be thriving in such a loving and passionate city when it comes to music; nothing compares to NOLA and nothing ever will.

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