Archive for Ollie Cole

Oliver Cole: Live EP Available For FREE Download.

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2010 by Tickets There

In the build up for Oliver Cole’s headlining show at The Workman’s Club on October 23rd, Phantomanddevil Productions have released a live EP from Ollie’s performance at the Odessa Club last July as a treat for fans.

The EP contains 7 Live tracks featuring songs from Ollie’s début solo album, We Albatri as well as B-Sides and rare material. Musicians featured include Ollie (vocals/guitar), Gavin Fox (Bass), Paul “Binzer” Brennan (Drums) and Ciaran Kavanagh (Guitar). The EP is completly free to download from Megaupload (Click Here). The file comes in RAR format so you’ll need to Download WinRAR Archiver (Click Here – Takes 5 Seconds) and Bob’s your uncle – a brand new EP for your listening pleasure.

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Live EP Tracklisting:
01. We Albatri
02. Need You Strong
03. What Will You Do
04. Little Bad Dream
05. Holding Your Heart
06. Life’s Great Advice
07. Like a Hurricane

Oliver Cole plays The Workman’s Club on October 23rd with The Danger Is providing support. Tickets are only €12 and they’re available from Ticketmaster.ie

(UPDATED) WANTED: TURN – The Christmas EP (2000, 7″)

Posted in General Tickets There Blog, IRISH NOISE!, Music with tags , , , , , , , , on July 20, 2010 by Tickets There

‘Ladies and gentlemen, WE GOT IT!!!’

Tickets There are proud to announce we just tracked down a copy of The Christmas E.P. (it was on CD all along, not vinyl :D). The years of searching are finished – we can now step back and enjoy a healthy social life!

Folks, if you’re ever wondering what record Tickets There wants more than anything in the world, it’s this baby right here…well, up there!

The Christmas EP from Turn. Came out in 2000 and has eluded us for the past eight years. Getting a little tired of searching for this but the struggle still continues. If anyone ever wants to sell the mighty TT a copy or exchange one for Beretta or Beeswax, please don’t be afraid to get in touch – ticketsthere@hotmail.com

Oliver Cole – We Albatri (Album Review)

Posted in Album Review, IRISH NOISE!, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2010 by Tickets There


Torn between loyalty and honesty, Tickets There has been dreading the thoughts of writing this review for a long time now. As massive fans of Oliver Cole’s former group, Turn, we’ve never really gotten the same excitement, enjoyment or fulfillment from the singer’s solo material. That being said, Oliver possesses a charm, style and above all, a talent that you just can’t ignore. So here we are, four years after Turns demise, still waiting for Ollie to produce something to fill the void left since their absence. Thankfully, we’re delighted to report that our fears and hesitations have finally been appeased.

Musically, the album gets harder and harder to define with each listen. Tracks like What Will You Do?, Oh My Girl and Too Many People bounce around with quietly restrained catchiness and easy going vibes. Drug Song and Little Bad Dream take their cues from a country backing while more soulful pieces like Close Your Eyes, We Albatri, Spotlight and the excellent Need You Strong are far more stripped back and powerful. Each song possess it’s own unique charm and style but they still manage to blend perfectly together giving the album a great flow.

Lyrically the album is heavy. Moth’s Wing, Need You Strong, Close Your Eyes and Spotlight are filled with sadness and themes of lamenting love, memories and regrets. Oliver’s immense talent for writing extremely personal and profound music combined with his incredibility soulful vocals give the songs a passion and an edge that few in this country can match.  

Unlike other reviewers, Tickets There won’t commit that this album upstages Oliver’s past. However, we’ll say this. We Albatri continues Oliver’s great tradition of writing and recording incredibly passionate and diverse music.  Thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish and only improves with repeated listens.

Check Out: Oh My Girl, We Albatri, Too Many People, Little Bad Dream…agh, just buy the album and check em all out.

Oliver Cole’s Official MySpace


Oliver Cole – Late, Late Show Performance

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music with tags , , , , , , on March 27, 2010 by Tickets There

Here’s the video of Ollie preforming his new single, Oh My Girl on the Late, Late Show last night.

Ollie plays Dublin’s The Sugar Club tonight for the official launch of his debut album, We Albatri.

Oliver Cole & The Redneck Manifesto – New Albums Out TODAY!!

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2010 by Tickets There


Today see’s two of Ireland’s most important underground acts releasing new material. What better way to celebrate a Friday???

Firstly, Dublin’s legendary instrumental giants, The Redneck Manifesto release their much anticipated Friendship, their first LP since 2004’s I Am Brazil.

The band released a free download titled, Black Apple a few weeks ago exclusively on Nialler9 and to say the band are back is an understatement. Click Here to see what Tickets There thought.

The RNM will be officially launching their album tomorrow in Tower Records (Instore), followed by a full headlining show in Tripod.

As for the second album, Legendary Turn front man, Oliver Cole is finally releasing his debut solo album, We Albatri today at 13:00 GMT.

Filled with songs of love & loss, Ollie was developed his song writing from aggression filled teen angst to a level of superior emotional quality.

To promote the record, Ollie will be playing InStore in Tower Records Today aswell as performing on the Late, Late Show tonight on RTE 1 (if you didn’t know the channel, you’re a sap). The official launch gig happens tomorrow, in Dublin’s The Sugar Club.

Oliver Cole – Oh My Girl (Single Review)

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, Single Review with tags , , , , , , , on March 19, 2010 by Tickets There


Legendary X-Turn front man, Oliver Cole is about to drop his Ex-Turn prefix with the release of his very own debut solo album, We Albatri next week. The LP was recorded in Germany and Dublin over the last couple of years and from what we’ve heard so far, it’s looking like a strong contender for Irish album of the year.

Today see’s the second single from the album, Oh My Girl getting its official release on 7Digital.com and it’s well worth a listen.

Unlike the start / stop choppiness and general strangeness of the album’s first single, What Will You Do?, Oh My Girl is a much more straight forward slice of acoustic styled pop. The chorus is catchy, there’s some lovely harmonies and the song flows so well you’d swear it was a river (weird comparison but, it’s your blog…freaks – Ed).

Click Here to go hear a preview / download and Click Here for full details of Ollie’s forthcoming album.

Oliver Cole – We Albatri Album Cover and Tour

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , , , , on March 18, 2010 by Tickets There

The wait’s almost over folks, former Turn front man, Oliver (Ollie) Cole will be releasing his debut album in eight short days.

You may have noticed a fierce amount of publicity popping up around the net. He’s the featured artists on MySpace, he’s got a new video out for his first single, What Will You Do?, he’s releasing a second single, Oh My Girl this week, he’ll be showing up on telly’s all over the country when he appears on The Late Late Show next Friday (26th), he’s launching the album in Dublin’s, The Sugar Club on March 27th and then he’s off on tour.

Jesus these musicians don’t half work hard do they?

Above you can see the album cover, below you can see the Album Tracklist, all his current tour dates, the single covers for What Will You Do? (Available now in Road Records) and Oh My Girl (Out this week) and the video for WWYD?.

Tracklist: 

01. What Will Yo Do?
02. Oh My Girl
03. Too Many People
04. Close Your Eyes
05. We Albatri
06. Little Bad Dream
07. Drug Song
08. Spotlight
09. Need You Strong
10. Moth’s Wing

11. Life’s Great Advice (iTunes bonus track)
(thanks to http://www.turnwebsite.com/)

Tour:

27-Mar-10 The Sugar Club Dublin, Dublin
14-Apr-10 Set Theatre, Kilkenny Kilkenny, Kilkenny
15-Apr-10 Dolans Wharehouse Limerick, Limerick
16-Apr-10 The Sky And The Ground Wexford, Wexford
17-Apr-10 Roisin Dubh (main room, supporting Stornoway Galway, Galway
22-Apr-10 Cyprus Avenue Cork, Cork
23-Apr-10 Roisin Dubh Galway, Galway
23-Apr-10 Roisin Dubh Galway, Galway
24-Apr-10 Electric Avenue Waterford, Waterford

Oliver Cole ‘We Albatri’ Album Launch Announced

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , , , on February 18, 2010 by Tickets There


Oliver Cole has announced that his debut solo album, We Albatri, will be officially launched in the Sugar Club, Dublin on March 27th.

Posting on his personal FaceBook Page, Ollie also confirmed the launch will be followed by a nationwide tour. Last week, Ollie announced the albums official released date is March 26th.

Track-list and cover art haven’t been released yet but Tickets There will off course follow up as soon as we have more details.

Oliver Cole’s Debut Album Release Date Confirmed

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 5, 2010 by Tickets There


Ex-Turn legend Oliver Cole will finally release his debut album, We Albatri on March 26th.

In a quick, non disclosing statement on his facebook page, Ollie has confirmed this is the date we’ll finally get to hear what he’s been up to since Turn disbanded in July 2006.  

Recorded in Germany and Ireland, the record’s set to included contributions from Therapy legend Graham Hopkins and Bell X1 main man Paul Noonan as well as others. The first single from the album, What Will ya Do? Was released in October 2009 and according to artwork Ollie’s posted on his official face book page, it looks like a second single entitled Oh My Girl will be released shortly. Tickets There has heard the track many times and we think ye’ll like it.

Finally, Ollie has also updated his MySpace Player with a couple of new tracks entitled Oh What A Girl You Could Be and The Shadow Of The Empire.

Tickets There will let ye know as soon as the albums Artwork and track listing have been confirmed.

Possible songs might include: Oh My Girl, What Will Ya Do? Drug Song, Wide Open, Holding Your Heart, We Albatri, Oh What A Girl You Could Be, The Shadow Of The Empire, Close Your Eyes (New Version), Too Many People and Life’s Great Advice.

Special Thanks to dougmiestergen for bringing this to TT’s attention. Damn leg has our radar all messed up :(.

Check Out the following links to find out more…but not much, that’s pretty much all there is for the moment.

Oliver Cole – Official MySpace
Oliver Cole – Official Facebook

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Oliver Cole: Crawdaddy Show, Dec 18th Announced

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , , , , on November 12, 2009 by Tickets There

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Seems to be a proper X-Turn day today. First we had the news about Concerto for Constantine’s new E.P. and now Oliver Cole has announced he’ll be playing a show at Dublin’s Crawdaddy on the 18th of December.

Currently Tickets There doesn’t have any information about ticket prices (because they haven’t been announced), but we’ll update ye all as soon as we have them.

Read our reviews of Ollie’s latest single, What Will You Do?….by clicking that bright orange link ;).

Oliver Cole: New Shows & Video Coming

Posted in Music, News with tags , , , , on October 22, 2009 by Tickets There

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Tickets There is really on the ball today for news. We just checked MySpace there and it seems Mr. Oliver Cole is currently finalizing plans to play some headlining shows this side of Christmas. Not only that, but he’s also working on a video for his first solo release, What Will You Do? Which was released last month.

Tickets There will have more news as soon as we hear it.

Read a review of Oliver Coles What Will You Do ? by clicking Here

Read Oliver’s Blog Post Here

Hard Working Class Heroes 09

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , on October 16, 2009 by Tickets There

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It’s October, Halloween is close and the Hard Working Class Heroes Festival returns to the streets of Dublin. For a mere forty odd Euro, you’ll have access to 100 bands in six of Dublin’s finest venues over the next three days (or you can buy much cheaper tickets if you can only handle one day of the festivities). There’s also street exhibits, art and photography exhibitions and loads, loads more joy n craic going on. The atmosphere should be great craic around the town. As for the bands themselves? Well, let’s see what Tickets There recommends.

Please keep in mind that Tickets There’s talent doesn’t affords us the luxury of spending all day listening to music so I won’t be recommending zillions of bands, just the handful of extremely talented ones I’ve had the good fortune to find.

Friday, 16th October

20:40 – 21:10: The Brothers Movement – The Button factory
22:45 – 23:10 – Talulah Does the Hula (meant to be good)
23:30 – 00:00 – Neosupervital – Twisted Pepper

Saturday, 17th October

19:10 – 19:40: Ollie Cole – The Button Factory
20:15 – 20:45: Kill Krinkle Club (Go and see for yourself just how obnoxiously shite this band are. Very, very funny to watch their fans get into it. You can play nasty, snide little games and pass remarks. Always good fun)
20:55 – 21:25: C!ties – Twisted Pepper
22:30 – 23:00: Sweet Jane – Andrews’s lane
23:15 – 00:00: Adebisi Shank – Andrews Lane

Sunday, 18th October

22:50 – 21:20 – Fiona Melady– Button Factory
21:30 – 22:00: The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra – The Button Factory
22:10 – 22:40: SOUNDS OF SYSTEM BREAKDOWN – Twisted Pepper
22:55 – 23:30 – Ham Sandwich – The Button Factory

Believe it or not, that’s it. And two of the bands should even really be there. I’m afraid very few of Tickets There’s  choices for this country’s leading acts will be on show. Anyways people, relax, check out the official HWCH festival page for more details and the full schedule.

To see a full list of the band playing, venues involved and all the other guff, check out the HWCH Homepage (it’s working now :))

To see the full schedule Click Here

Oliver Cole – Live @ The Odessa, Dublin (October 1st – Live Review)

Posted in Gig Review, Music, News with tags , , , , on October 2, 2009 by Tickets There

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Going to the Odessa club’s like going to the dentist except for two prominent differences. One, it’s totally self inflicted. You’re actually paying to go though the awfulness that awaits you inside its doors, without the excuse that it’s all being done to avoid much worse pain in the future. Second, they don’t hold you down and numb you when you walk in. You have to work long and hard at the bar in order to numb out the sounds of rejected D4 ego tripin’ ponces, moaning on about riff raff always attending sales in brown Thomas. Anyways, I won’t go too off the rails because tonight is Ollie Coles first solo single launch and no crowd, no matter how up their own arses they try to be, can dampen that.

About three minutes after entering the venue, Tickets There turned and ran. I am no fan of that venue and I’d timed my arrival to the exact moment I thought Ollie would be walking on stage, Unfortunately, I’d arrived half an hour before the support act was even due so running was really the only option. After a few failed attempts to find a quiet pint nearby and a nice wee walk around the town, it was time to face it and head back. In the door, straight up the stairs and to the bar that’s the only option in crisis times like these. Drown out the blues. Thankfully the Odessa has some good…ish smoking areas and the roof one was nice and quiet.

After a couple of pints, it was time to head down and check out the support (name totally escapes me). I only managed to catch three songs and it all seemed like a mock cliché. I remember there was one song called Small Fish, Small Pond and really that doesn’t hold up great aspirations does it? Remember that scene in Family Guy when Stewie bashes the shit out of the jackass with the guitar. That kind of guy and that kind of music. Ended on a funny note though when the guitar kept making strange noises. Ah well, good fun.

After another blatant crashing of the private party upstairs and some more smoking area intrusion, it’s finally time for Ollie to take the stage. With no commotion, Ollie Cole, long time friend and band mate, Gavin Fox (Concerto for Constantine) and Ciaran Fortune (The Chapters) take the stage and quietly get things ready. With a few words of welcome, the band start the show with Oh My Girl. The sound is surprisingly good and the venue flips from half full to wedged within seconds, as people continue to pour in throughout the opening number. Not letting the enthusiasm drop, Ollie and co. plow on through another new song before playing a great version of the single they’re here to launch, What Will You Do?. Live, this song sounds even better that on record and band and crowd start to flow together a little better. A rendition of Turn classic, Close Your Eyes follows and brings a very quiet, appreciative atmosphere with it.  

Not one to stay in one style, the band launch into some upbeat / heavier numbers ,including Need You Strong, Drug Song and Holding Your Heart. Unfortunately Tickets There missed, what sounded like, a great job on We Albatri, one of the best known songs from Ollie’s forth coming album. After another new one (didn’t catch the name) the band finished the evening off with another old Turn number, Life’s Great Advice, which still sounds as strong as ever.

With no encore, the band turn and run before the masses piled on top of each other, start their descent towards the stage. Tickets There did likewise and briefly meet a trapped Steve Wall on the road to safety.  

With the album due out next year, you can be sure we’ll be hearing a lot more about Ollie over the next few months and by the sounds of the material and band tonight, that’s going to be a good thing.

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Oliver Cole – What Will You Do? (Single Review)

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, News, Single Review with tags , , , , , on October 2, 2009 by Tickets There

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In Tickets There’s opinion, Oliver Cole is one of Ireland’s finest songwriters. After three incredible albums with his former band Turn, he’s now taking the first steps to launch his debut solo record. Since Turn disbanded three years ago, Ollie has spent most of the time writing, recording and playing sporadic solo shows around the country. Now, with a fresh record deal with EMI in place, he’s ready to show his eager fan base what he’s been up to.

For fans of Ollie’s solo material, What Will You Do? might seem like a strange choice for the album’s first single. It’s an ‘out of the ordinary’ little number that sounds like….well, it sounds like Ollie. It’s off beat piano, thumping drums and the start-stop feel of the choppy chorus and bridges. All this considered, it works quite well. There’s a lot of repetition in the lyrics  but each verse, chorus and break see’s something new being added and at a short three minutes in length, it never manages to go stale. It’s quirky enough to keep any first time listener interested and strong enough to make the single appealing to anyone wishing to spend €5 on a sure thing.

Second track, Holding Your Heart is a much more straight forward number. It starts off nice and quietly before the band come bursting in with a loud sound that still manages to stay slightly contained. This keeps a constant feeling of building throughout the whole song that does (you’ll be happy to know) get released at the end.

Sweet & Soft is the final song on the single and it’s a lot softer than the previous numbers. Its style is also quite different ,which is a big characteristic of Ollie’s solo material. Off course some traits can never be forgotten (and shouldn’t be anyways) and Ollie’s love for harmonies and melody shine through on this number. It’s got a nice, sweet, well rounded kind of feel and adds a lovely closing feeling to the single.

Now that the first single is out, fans can expect the album to follow early next year, Keep checking Tickets There for more information about future release and a review of last night’s launch show will be posted later today.

Ollie Cole – New Single Launch Tomorrow!!

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , , on September 30, 2009 by Tickets There

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Ah, a little break between KISS articles (but you’ll all be happy to know that the Alive III review is half finished to soon my precious, soon.

In the mean time, I wanted to remind everyone (that means you guy) that Oliver Cole (the artist formally known as Ollie Cole from Turn) will be launching his first ever solo single, What Will Ya Do, tomorrow in Dublin’s Odessa Club.

Ollie has some nifty solo material and this show will be well worth heading into and you even get a free copy of the single when you pay for your ticket (which are €10 on the door).

For more information about Ollie’s solo news and other dates around the country, check out my previous blog – CLICK HERE

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Oliver Cole: New Single and Tour Dates

Posted in Music, News with tags , , , , on September 20, 2009 by Tickets There

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Finally, some news worth writing about. Oliver Cole (formally of Turn and one of Tickets There’s mostly highly recommended singer / songwriters) is releasing the first single, What Will You Do With Yourself from his highly anticipated solo debut, We Albatri on October 2nd through EMI records.

Oliver will be launching the single in Dublin’s (Shudder) ‘coolest, not at all elitist, completely ponce free, super trendy, ultra-cool, too cool for school, ram-o-rama sit fest The Odessa Club near Dame Street. €10 at the door and a free copy of the single.

Then he’s off to Galway and Cork before playing a fourth show at the HWCH festival veues still TBC)

Ollie’s always great live so the shows will be well worth and he’s got the band in toe which could mean Mr. Gavin Fox on bass and Graham Hopkins in drums.

Thursday October 1st Dublin Odessa Club (€10 incl copy of release) open to public.

Friday October 2nd Galway Roisin Dubh upstairsThursday

October 8th Cork Cyprus Avenue.

October Dublin HWCH festival date to confirmed.

Check out more @ Oliver Cole MySpace

And no, Tickets There is not bitter he’s stolen our Frame graphics 🙂

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Tickets There HY-GIY?: Turn – Forward

Posted in Album Review, Hy-Giy, Music with tags , , , , , on August 19, 2009 by Tickets There

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Without a doubt, this is Tickets There’s favorite Irish album of all time. Now, when it comes to Turn I will happily admit to being fully biased, as I am with almost everything I write except the majority of the MySpace reviews. As far as I’m concerned, Turn were one of the greatest Irish band ever to emerge from the great Emerald Isle in the last twenty years. Oliver Cole’s vocals, guitar melodies, riffs and songwriting talent, mixed with Gavin Fox’s force, energy and writing skills all backed by Ian Meldays forceful command of all things rhythm makes the Kell’s trio kings in my book. Now, that may seem a little over the top and dramatic but I’ve been watching a lot of ROME recently so forgive me.

I first discovered Turn around 2002, shortly after the released the Another Year Over / Summer Song single and within a few months that opened my eyes to an amazingly impressive Irish scene I knew nothing about before. I hadn’t even heard a whisper of bands like Bell X1, Berkeley, Paddy Casey or many of the other big names around the country at the time. For someone who was as devoted to music I found this a little odd and began a quest to seek out some of this country’s finest talent. After seven years I still haven’t found many bands that compare to the power of Turns records and even fewer that can match their amazing live shows.

When Forward came out in 2003 it was praised as the album everyone who’d been following them from the late nineties knew they had in them. In sharp contrast to their third and last album, Forward’s sound was generally down beat with very few exceptions. It saw them grow from the hard guitars sound of their debut (Antisocial) and move onto more melodic song structures. Opening song, You Got Style really captures the feel of the entire record. A slow bruising  piece that builds and builds as the song evolves. Dumb as it Is follows and adds some light after the darkness of You Got Style. A nice, upbeat with restrained bass lines thumping throughout with a sharp change to guitars for the chorus bursts. This is the second song written by Ian Melady to appear on a Turn record (the first being Queen of my Heart from Antisocial). Third track Harder is one of few heavy guitar tracks on the album and in comparison to the likes of Beretta, Beeswax or Too Much Makeup from the earlier outputs, it comes cross musically light but atmospherically heavy.

Summer Song gives the album a slower, more acoustic based before the bands legendary anthem, In Position comes in and blows everything away. One of the most perfectly composed songs the band have ever written and a solid fan favorite. Without You is more obviously a love song than any of the others on Forward with more harmony based melodies and upbeat guitar and piano’s rather than the down trodden sound that dominates the rest of the album. Another Year Over is another one of the albums upbeat anthems. Not much you can say about this except the fact that it’s fucking amazing and the chorus is so heavy live it’ll make your ears bleed. Ain’t it a Love is possibly the heaviest song on the album and it harks back to their earlier material without copying the same styles the band used before. Very fast, very heavy and very brilliant (Can you say very brilliant? Well I just did).

Can’t keep Waiting is similar in tones to You Got Style and at the same time, sounds nothing like it. It’s a little sadder in its tones and much more simplistic. Really atmospheric and well done. Like Never Needed from the bands Check my Ears EP, Can’t Keep Waiting doesn’t rely on several verses of poetry to carry it though, it’s a one liner folks and it works well. No More (I Close My Eyes) is another of those lovey songs, like most of Turn’s outputs. A lot of vocal stretches and a very low, smooth sound…until you get about half way in and the full guitars and vocal harmonies are released. Even Though is one of the nicest acoustic songs the band have ever written. Very emotionally based again and only listenable sometimes. Definitely not for people in a good mood. And finally we come to the album’s title song, Forward. It’s great as well 😉

Turn have been split up for over three years now though (god, it seems like a hell of a lot longer than that), but their music is still out there with new fans still discovering them. If you didn’t like Humanzi, make Forward the album you send your scouts out for this Christmas.

TURN – A History: 1998 – 2006

Posted in General Tickets There Blog, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2009 by Tickets There

TURN – A History: 1998 – 2006

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Oliver Cole | Ian Melady| Gavin Fox

Alan Lee | Ciaran Kavanagh | Terry McGuiness |Martin Quinn | Fiona Melady

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It’s All Over Now

16th July 2006, Oliver Cole, lead singer of Turn, posts a blog on the bands MySpace announcing that the three piece have decided to call it a day, citing personal and professional circumstances as the main reasons for the breakup. After eight years of line-up and record company changes and many up’s and downs, the band finally had enough and thus ended one of Ireland’s most critically acclaimed, accomplished and talented acts.  In their time together, they managed to release three studio albums, three EP’s and several singles as well as playing almost every single venue and major Festival Ireland has to offer, including several slots at The Point Depot, Witness and Oxegen. Their mix of alt rock and soulful song writing won over almost everyone who heard their records and their raw/energetic and always engaging live shows cemented a devoted fan base. From their first show in Da Club in Dublin to their very last in Sligo, December 2005, they gave it their all on stage every night and in the studio.

Writing about the origins of Turn is a done thing at this stage. When they started off in 1998, their reputation ad popularity grew so quickly that 11 years later, the internet is still awash with interviews, early stories and press releases. But any good history has to give all…..well, most of the facts so bear with me.

Oliver Cole and Ian Melady grew up in the small town of Kell’s, Co Meath. Both of them had played in bands in their younger years and had developed tastes for all kinds of music. Ollie is well noted as originally being influenced by bands such as AC/DC, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. The first live show he ever saw was Thin Lizzy and this set his dreams of becoming a rock star into motion. As with most kids, the metal phase wore off and a new door was opened by the Pixies whom Ollie caught on TV one day when he was home sick from school. Ollie was captivated. The Pixies represented a mix of the hard sound he’d grown up with and a softer, more melodic side that he yearned to produce in his own song writing. Everything seemed to make sense all of a sudden and he realized that bands didn’t have to play one style or the same riff for ever.  Ollie’s first foray into the band world was handling singing duties for his brother’s band, Black-Hawx when he was sixteen. Apparently Black-Hawx played spandex, Slayer metal but I think any recordings the band made have long since been destroyed by Ollie. The group disbanded after a short spell together and his brother moved to Boston. Soon afterwards, Ollie moved to Dublin in search of a real band to join.

At the same time Ian Melady and his sister Fiona were discovering their own musical abilities and tastes. Ian learned to play drums while Fiona concentrated on piano and they both worked at song writing. Ian’s first band, Little Palace managed to achieve some measure of success and released two warmly received EP’s before disbanding. Little Palace was also home to future Turn collaborator Martin Quinn.

Swampshack | Revelino | Nero

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Ollie and Ian first played together in Swampshack, another relativity successful band on the verge of bigger things before breaking up. Founded in late 94/early 95, Swampshack managed to release a EP and single in the year they were together. Playing bass duties in the band was John Mulvaney. Despite playing tours with Teenage Fan club, Soul Asylum and Ice-T, the band parted ways and cited ‘musical differences’ as the cause. Ollie admits to taking the breakup badly and rather than forming a new group, he shied away from the ‘band’ idea and reportedly spent two years on the dole playing chess and smoking dope but still writing material. He had also gotten a job in The Factory Rehearsal Space where acts such as U2, David Bowie and Def Leppard used to practice for European tours and store equipment which gave him much of his technical experience and introduced him to a massive variety of industry contacts. Ian on the other hand, went on to join Dublin band Revelino.

While working in the Factory in 1996, Ollie met Gavin Fox, a young bass player from Dublin on work experience. The pair became inseparable and shared a love for music, chess and general mayhem.  Gavin was playing in a band called Nero at the time and Ollie and Ian had just rejoined forces and had started searching for a bass player. As the story goes, Gavin was asked to fill in on the drums for Ian one day because he couldn’t make a rehearsal with a new bass player they were testing out. Not happy with the new member, Ollie and Ian decided to drop him and Gavin suggested he jam with them until they found someone permanent. According to interviews with Ollie, the first song the three lads played together was I Still Believe and suddenly everything felt right. Gavin made the decision to quit Nero and concentrate on playing with Ollie and Ian full time. Since Gavin also played Guitar and drums, he was able to contribute to the song writing which strengthened his position in the group and ensured he became a key contributor to defining Turn’s sound. Years later Ollie admitted that one of the factors that led to Turn’s demise was Gavin’s exit from the band and the song writing duties falling solely on him. Ollie and Gavin shared a love for raw, energetic rock and the trio really started to connect after rehearsing a few times and band started to prepare for the next step.

TURN

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After a handful of rehearsals the band really started to connect and wasted little time before settling down, perfecting their songs and lining up gigs. Ollie and Gavin’s strive for perfection ensured the kinks in their sound were worked out early on and new songs were written and laid down to a T in record time. The band started to line up shows around the country after playing their first gig in Da Club, on South William street in Dublin. According to Ollie there was about two people in attendance. Thanks to Ollie’s connections and the bands infectious sound their second show was playing support to Teenage Fanclub in the Olympia, quite a step up for a new bands second live show together and a tribute to how well the band was performing so early in their career. The band quickly started to focus their attention on the U.K. market with all three members knowing how hard it is to make it big by staying in Ireland. They decided to balance out their raw, slow, heavy sound by adding some theatrics to their live show. This included wearing custom made suits and light makeup. The band feverishly continued writing and rehearsing new tracks such as Beeswax and Gav and Anne.  Not too long after forming, Ollie suffered a massive electrical shock from a mike stand (Reports of the incident vary on where the shock happened. Some suggest it was on stage and others report it was during rehearsals) . The shock was so powerful it left burn marks on his hand and even dislocated his shoulder meaning he had to visit a chiropractor for regular treatment. This incident led to a bout of depression which led to some major life changes for the singer and also altered his song writing and outlook on life. Rather than take the shock as a bad omen or let it develop into a fear of playing, Ollie started to write faster, heavier material while still keeping with the same basics of song writing as before. Tracks like Beretta and Facedown started to become fast fan favourites for the group and they finally had enough material to make a stab at showcases around the U.K.

In 1998, the band started to make regular trips to London to play on stage with several other bands each night in order to try and secure a record deal and cut a name for themselves in one of the toughest cities in the world. The band describes these visits and essential to the band early success but also some of the hardest shows they’ve ever played. Not being able to afford a roadie or any assistance, they used to use all their money to pay for travel expenses over and back, lugging all their equipment by hand and setting up every night by themselves. This left them drained and exhausted before most of the British shows and sometimes affected the performance. Despite this, the work started to pay off and the British Press started given the band a good deal of attention and their profile started to increase. After one show, a PR from Infectious Records approached the band and said the label might be interested in working with the band. Knowing their live strength was at it’s height in Dublin, the band asked if Infectious would be interested in travelling to Ireland to see them play to a home crowd. Less than a year after forming, Infectious signed the band.

Facedown | Beretta | Beeswax | Check My Ears

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With things moving along for the group, they were given a new lease of life and they continued to play shows across the UK and Ireland, primarily showcase gigs in the UK. In 1999, the band travelled to Wales to record their first proper batch of material (although they had started recording demo’s in Oct. 97)  at Rockfield Studios with Hugh Jones at the helm. At this point, they recruited Ian’s sister Fiona into the band to add more depth and power to the songs. Fiona because a short lived member and departed from Turn shortly after recording was completed but did manage to stay on board to play some of their bigger live shows in order to fill out the bands performance. The band worked for 15/16 hours every day to perfect the recordings. In the biography release by Infectious Records, Ollie Cole remembers these sessions as being quite gruelling.

I felt really self-conscious”, he says. “Like I was getting too much attention. So I started drinking lots of beer and smoking.  It helped. I just started going into the studio and singing along to the big speakers with no headphones. It was kind of trial and error.”[1]

The sessions resulted with enough recordings to start releasing their first material. On February 13th, 2000. The band released their first single Facedown, on their own Nurture label. Despite it being one of the least obvious choices for a début single, the band jumped to its defence by claiming it as being the “final jigsaw piece” that promoted them to record more.

“When we signed the deal with Infectious, in many ways it still meant that we had to make it happen, not them. ‘Facedown’ is probably the least obvious and strangest choice for a single we could make. ” [2]

“Facedown ties the whole new Turn, old Turn together I think. It sums up that whole time perfectly, when we affected change in ourselves as a unit. The album was nearly there and ‘Facedown’ was the final jigsaw piece that spurred us to record more, even though it’s not on the album.”[3]

Gavin also claims the release was a tactic to stop the band being labelled in the media,

Facedown was released first so that people couldn’t pigeon hole us[4]

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Despite a record deal under their belts and building up a respectable fan base around Dublin, mainstream television and radio stations continued to ignore the band and refused to give then any attention except for Phantom FM who got behind the band after the release of Facedown. Again wasting little time, the band released a follow up single in April 2000. The fast, had hitting Beretta quickly secured new fans for the group and was featured on several compilations and promo CD’s. Like Facedown, Beretta was only publicly released as a limited edition clear 7” vinyl by the band. This only added to their underground status and their records quickly sold out due to high demand for their material. In order to continue their success, the band released a third single in May 2000. Beeswax was already a firm favorite among their fans and was also one of the earliest songs the band wrote. Again, it was released only as a 7” and added to Phantom’s playlist. Beeswaxs’ release was followed by their debut EP, Check My Ears, which was a compilation of the three singles and their B-Sides (Truth, Never Needed and Plan, respectively).  The EP was a great success and finally gave Turn a CD format release to sell to a wider audience. Things were going brilliantly for the band and a successful tour around England with Seafood and Wilt in March/Aril 2000 had now provided for their very own fan base in the UK. Melody Maker, Hotpress, NME, Rock Sound and several other publications got behind the band and continued promoting them regularly. Turns crowd started to grow at home and abroad with every show and they still strived to improve every aspect of the band so things wouldn’t waver. The band spent the rest of the summer playing shows and recording material at Roundhouse Studios and Thomas Reed’s pub in Dublin. After 12 months of grueling work, single releases and non stop touring, they were finally ready to release their debut album.

Antisocial | Too Much Makeup | The Christmas EP

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“Antisocial is the best indication of where we are now, for me it’s the best song we’ve done, maybe because of the strange music. Gav (Fox, bass) and Ian (Melady, drums and all-star backing vocalist) are playing a real off beat and I’m playing the most complicated guitar playing I’ve ever done. Something happened with that song. I broke through a wall or something, all of a sudden I was playing a different style and it’s probably the most representative of what the next album might sound like. ‘Queen Of My Heart’ is great. Hopefully we can release it as a single in November or December, although the record company might want to re-release ‘Beretta’ but I hope we don’t have to, you know, if people know it they do. If not, they’ll get to know it. I don’t want to go down a Muse path and release it a dozen times or something. So we’ll see.”[5]

Antisocial was officially launched at the Temple Bar Music Center on the 6th of October. It was met with critical acclaim in both Ireland and the UK. The hard work put in by the band had paid off and a wide range of music publications including Kerrang, Hotpress, Melody Maker and many others gave the album glorifying reviews with an overall agreement that Turn had managed to reproduce their energetic live performance in the studio. After the albums release, the band continued touring around the UK and Ireland to promote it as much as possible. The first official single from the album, Too Much Makeup, had come out in August and proved to be another great success among fans of the band. It seemed things couldn’t get any better for the trio and the buzz that surrounded the band was only getting stronger and stronger. They finished off 2000 by touring extensively which carried into early 2001 and even managed to release a mail order/gig only EP entitled The Christmas EP which featured Teen Star and a cover of Aerosmiths Sweet Emotion. For the remainder of 2001 the group returned to the studio to begin writing their next album and only played a handful of major festivals and showcases including the legendary SWSX Showcase in America.

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By this time relations with Infectious records were turning sour and the label refused to put any financial backing behind the group. Hammered by a lack of activity for the first time since they formed, the band started to become frustrated and after a few months they eventually parted ways.

Nurture Records | In Position | Another Year Over / Summer Song

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The split with Infectious was Turn’s first serious set back but they didn’t let this affect them as much as other bands would. Rather than parting ways and trying again separately, they regrouped and decided to go down the D.I.Y. route. They started touring again in late 2001 and in March 2002, the band released it’s third EP, The In Position EP on their very own Nurture label, which was once again well received by the media and the bands loyal fan base. Despite the maturity of song writing on Antisocial, In Position saw the bands sound develop even more and songs like Catch On You, Heart attack and the title track became massive fan favorites. Being on their own gave them complete control and freedom over their music releases and tours. They followed In Position by releasing a double A-Side single, Another Year/Summer Song in July 2002, which went into the top 30 in its first week. The band continued touring constantly and continued recording tracks for a second album. A nationwide tour of colleges and venues around the country helped push the single and once again it became a favorite on Phantom FM while Another Year Over took over from Too Much Makeup as their live closer. Once again everything seemed to be falling into line until another tragedy struck the group.

“There was always tension when making a Turn record and it was really nice not to have that”[6]

While recording their second album, inner relations in the band started to rapidly deteriorate and shortly before the mixing stage was complete, Gavin Fox received a phone call from up and coming Scottish rockers Idlewild who offered him a poison in the band. With Turn on the verge of cracking anyway, Gavin decided to jump ship and take a golden opportunity while it was on offer. He played his final show with Turn on New Years Eve 2002. Gavin’s departure from the band was a much bigger shock to the band than any of the events beforehand and the one the Ollie took mostly to heart. At the time, he was the glue hoping the trio’s relationship together and the end looked pretty close for Ollie and Ian.

Fortunately, Ollie’s girlfriends’ (Danielle Harrison) band, Skindive, were just after breaking up so he roped their bass player in to handle bass duties for the final mixing stages and the proceeding tour. Alan Lee was officially introduced as the new member of Turn in 2003 when the band started playing some live shows, including a slot on the 2003 Heineken Roller Coaster Tour around Ireland’s colleges, in order to generate some hype before the release of their second full length record.

Forward | Alan Lee | Martin Quinn

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Forward brought about a change in the band. They had stopped wearing the full suits on stage in the previous years and had also ditched the makeup. Now Ollie started wearing leather jacks and Jeans while the other members dressed casually. Turn had lost the theatrics they worked hard on in their beginning and more and more, let the sher power of their performance speak for itself. The release of Forward in March 2003 saw the band achieve their best reviews to date and even managed to reach number eight in the Irish Charts after just a few days of sales.

They launched the record in Dublin’s renowned Vicar Street venue with special guests Mundy and Bell X1 (Turn would return to Vicar street in September 2003 to return the favor by supporting the Bellies at their Music In Mouth Launch), and played a set mostly comprised of material from the new record, a lot of which they had been keeping to themselves in order for it to be a surprise. From the stage, Ollie and Ian were both visibly relieved at the sell out crowd in attendance with Ollie even joking how their road manager (Terry ‘Batman’ McGuiness) had remarked there was only a handful just before the band walked on stage. New songs such as Cant Keep Waiting, Harder, Ain’t It A Love, Dumb As It Is and Even Though instantly became smash hits with the crowd and stood up considerably well beside the old favorites in the ensuing tour. Turn were firmly back on top and doing it by themselves. They followed the launch gig with a nationwide tour consisting of ten headlining shows, all of which were sold out. Press interest started to kick off again for the band and interviews, articles and reviews started popping up everywhere. Forward was one of the most popular Irish albums of 2003 and both Turn and Ollie ranked highly in Best Album and Best Songwriter categories in several Irish publications. Although the success didn’t carry over to their once thriving UK fan base, Turn were once again strong enough to make another stab at the big time, despite the absence of a record label. Their Irish fan base increased dramatically by word of mouth and they returned to play slots at the summer festivals and show case shows including the opening of Dublin Venue, The Village which they headlined with Paddy Casey.

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Turn spent much of 2003 on the road and commenced on an even bigger nationwide tour in September. They enlisted x-Little Palace guitarist, Martin Quinn for the shows, to help boost their live sound. Much like they did with Fiona years beforehand. Martin’s presence with the band enabled Turn to perform a greater selection of their material which otherwise wouldn’t have had the same impact , such as Heart Attach, You Got Style and No More. Along with their own headlining shows, the band also hit the road with the Frames and played several large headlining shows in Dublin, including a headlining slot in Whelan’s.

 

TURN | Ciaran Kavanagh | Setanta Records

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Turn toned things down in 2004 but did manage to play a headlining tour in February/March, most notably, a sold out gig in The Village on Wexford. Once gain the band faced line up issues as Alan Lee left the group. Although Alan was a long time friend of Ollie’s and was more than capable of handling bass duties, the band never seemed to connect as well on stage as the original line up. Ollie had also lost his song writing partner and friend when Gavin left. On stage, Alan and Gavin couldn’t have differed any more. Gavin’s love for classic 70’s rock stars had sharpened his performance to perfection. When ever a technical problem that even slightly threw them off, he’d be on top of it and when everything was running smoothly, he was every bit the iconic rock star he strived to be. Alan on the other had didn’t hold such a presence on stage. Off course being the new member in an established band is never easy and Alan also didn’t get to play with the band for as long as Gavin but the difference was noticeable on stage and the regular banter previously passed between Ollie, Gavin and Ian was now restricted to occasional moments between Ollie and Ian. In June 2004, Alan was replaced by Rags bassist, Ciaran Kavanagh in mid 2004 and made his live debut with the band at Oxegen a month later before Turn fell off the radar. For the rest of the year, Ollie continued writing and recording material for their third, and what turned out to be, final album.

“The writing process was never the same after Gav left. I was doing a lot more writing by myself and bringing completed songs to the rest of the band. We weren’t rehearsing as much as we used to either, so songs were not coming out of jams anymore. People always seemed to be in a hurry somewhere else[7].

The mood in the band was bleak by late 2004. According to an interview with Ollie in 2007, the band weren’t rehearsing nearly as much as they used to and Gavin’s absence from the group was adding a major strain to the song writing, leaving Ollie to write all of the material for their third record. Ollie even admitted that he tried leaving the group around this time. It was beginning to seem that every time Turn managed to get one step ahead in the business, they were instantly brought two steps back and this habit was taking a major toll on Ollie and Ian’s friendship and working relationship.  The situation had gotten so bad that Ollie had stop writing ‘Turn’ material and had started on more acoustic melodic music instead. Things were on the verge of collapse for the band until a saving grace arrived which boosted them enough to make one more stab at success.

When Turn signed a deal with Setenta records in early 2005, everything seemed to be back on track. Ollie, Ian and Ciaran went into the studio to record the follow up to Forward with the hopes that they might get support in the UK once again, something they hadn’t enjoyed since before the release of Anti-Social. Working between the legendary Grouse Lodge Studios in Westmeath and Joe’s Garage (studio owned by Def Leppard lead singer, Joe Elliot) in South Dublin, the band readied the most radio friendly album of their career. The band only took time out to play the 2005 Oxegen Festival where they attracted a massive crowd for a mid day tent performance. Songs such as It’s About Nothing, Stop. No One’s Gonna Change Your Mind were a step in a very different direction that Turn fans were used to. They dropped the dark, raw sound of Forward and the heavy/blistering energy of Antisocial and Check my Ears and instead focused on more poppy songs with a catchy chorus. The band also brought back the idea of wearing suits and promotional pictures appeared featuring Ollie and Ian decked out in white suits and new hair styles. It looked like Turn were being groomed for success and also looked like they really had the goods to tap into the chart world.

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Turn, their self titled third album was released on the 23rd September 2005 at a launch gig in the Village. Their set relied almost entirely on new material and in the proceeding promotional tours, many of the standard Turn classics began to disappear from their set lists. Tracks such as Beretta, Too Much Makeup and Ain’t It a Love completely disappeared, much like Beeswax, Facedown and Never Needed had years before. The album was met with massive critical acclaim, even managing to attract the attention of Irish pop mogul Louis Walsh who praised the new direction. Turn followed the launch with a massive tour of the country that included their own headlining shows and Irish support slots with Weezer(The Point) and Bell X1 on their tour for the massive selling Flock album. The group was now appealing to a much wider audience and their success started to grow all over again. Promotional tracks It’s About Nothing and Stop became regulars on several radio playlists and their support shows gave them exposure to a new breed of Irish music converts who were brought into the scene by Bell X1.

Just when tings were starting to look bright for the band, they got another surprise. On the 30th of October, at the last show of the Bell X1 tour in Sligo, Turn joined the Bellies on stage during their encore to play a cover of David Bowies We Could Be Heros’ and brought with them a special guest. Decked out in black jeans, a black top and Ciaran’s White suit jacket, Gavin Fox made his return to the group. There was a roar from the crowd at the sight of Gavin on stage again with Turn after a three and a half year absence. A few weeks later, Gavin was officially back in Turn and the band announced a December tour of the country.

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The tour proved to be their final effort together. Despite Gavin’s return, Setenta records refused to put any further financial backing behind the group which meant they couldnt release any singles from the album or make any promotional video’s. It also meant they couldn’t travel abroad to the UK or the states to promote the release of Turn there and the band was once again back where they started. The shows themselves proved to be a big success but the mood of the band was beyond the point of saving. Their last show together was in Sligo at a venue called The Left Bank (formally The Garvogue) and for the first time in years, the stress of the last seven years was clearly visible. With technical issues (Their sound desk blew during rehearsals and had to be replaced with one that hadn’t been used in over fifteen years) and a half full crowd, Turn made a shambolic scramble through some of their greatest hits before concluding the set with a blistering and reworked version of Beeswax. It turned out that this was the night Ollie decided he had finally had enough of the chaotic, up down world of Turn and privately made the decision to end the group.

“As some of you might have already guessed, at the end of this year Turn will call it a day.”[8]

On July 16th Ollie made the announcement that Turn was finished and the band were to go their separate ways after one final farewell tour which sadly never took place.

2006 – 2009

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‘The label we signed to was a joke and we really should have just brought the album out on our own label as we had with “In Position” and “Forward”[9]

Having done nothing together from January to July 2006 before their breakup, Ollie was now solely concentrating on his solo material while Gavin had moved on to join London outfit Vega4 in December 2006 while Ian took a break from playing with a band. None of the bane did much press about the breakup and it wasn’t until December 2007, at the 2FM 2MORO 2OUR showcase in Whelan’s that Ollie finally spoke about the real reasons behind the bands demise. In an interview with Claus.com, Ollie openly discussed the frustrations of the previous eight years, the inter turmoil among the band members and his new solo career. On the same night, Gavin also appeared with his new group, Concerto for Constantine which he and Mark Greaney, formally of JJ72 fame, had formed together a couple of months beforehand.

2008 saw Ollie start to make his live return, playing the HWCH festival and a handful of support and headlining shows around the country. Meanwhile, Gavin and Concerto For Constantine started to attract a massive underground following very quickly and played a handful of sold out headlining shows in Fibber Magee’s and Whelan’s along with a slot at the HWCH festival and the 2FM SKool of Rock.  They also went on to play an early slot at the 2008 Oxegen as well as support shows for The Smashing Pumpkins and The Futureheads. They also managed a trip to London to play a couple of nights over there in order to grab the attention of a label rep. Currently the band are recording material for their first proper studio release with a summer 2009 date on the cards. Ollie is still working on his own solo material and reportedly has three albums worth almost fully recorded and ready to go. He spent much of the summer 2007 in Germany recording songs which will also guest star members of Bell X1 and Therapy. Currently Gavin Fox is filling in on bass duties until he finds a permanent member for his live band. And finally Ian has also made a return to the live circuit with his original band, Little Palace (also featuring Martin Quinn) and they’ve been in the studio and on the road re-building their profile and a solid fan base.

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Conclusion

Turn’s story is like many Irish bands but there is still a lot to learn from their years together. Although the story of new bands being mis-handled and left to rot by their labels is as old as the recording business it’s self, Turns constant determination to struggle through the hard times for as long as they did should act as an inspiration for any new acts in this country. Despite some bad times, the bands dedication and commitment to each other paid off more often than not and the future for all three members holds great things judging by their solo projects. Whether the original line-up will ever re-unite seems unlikely at the moment but for almost ten years, Turn gave Ireland a truly great band we could be proud off and call our own.


[1] 2000. Infectious Records Biography | http://www.turnwebsite.com/biopress/bioinfectious.html

[2] Feb, 2000. Hotpress Interview with Oliver Cole | http://www.irishmusicdb.com/t/turn/turn_pre2.htm

[3] Oct, 2000. Claus.com Interview with Oliver Cole | http://www.turnwebsite.com/biopress/bioinfectious.html

[4] 2000. Gavin Fox Bio | http://www.turnwebsite.com/biopress/bioband.html

[5] Oct, 2000. Claus.com Interview with Oliver Cole | http://www.turnwebsite.com/biopress/bioinfectious.html

[6] December 2007. Claus.com Interview with Oliver Cole | http://www.cluas.com/music/features/ollie-cole-turn-interview-8791.htm

[7] December 2007. Claus.com Interview with Oliver Cole | http://www.cluas.com/music/features/ollie-cole-turn-interview-8791.htm

[8] July 16th 2006. Blog Post on Turn’s official MySpace | http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=4471165&blogId=145122710

[9] December 2007. Claus.com Interview with Oliver Cole | http://www.cluas.com/music/features/ollie-cole-turn-interview-8791.htm

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Posted in General Tickets There Blog, Music with tags , , , on June 3, 2009 by Tickets There

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When you’re a fan of a genre, it’s generally because you found one band you fell head over heels in love with and you try desperately to find similar bands in order to discover new areas the sound can be brought to. My love for Irish music started with a truly legendary three piece from Kell’s, Co. Meath called, TURN.

The first time I saw Turn was in 2002 while the band were on a promotional tour for their latest single Another Year Over / Summer Song single. They were playing Rag Week with The Australian Nirvana as support. I remember having a week long debate with my friend Bob about who was supporting. How could some crappy little band no one’s ever heard off headline above Nirvana I wondered? Jesus, I was thick back then, hopefully I’ve lost that over the years. Well, it turned out Bob was right, Turn were headlining and I’ll never forget the last sight of the Nirvana tribute singer leaving the stage and three hundred people suddenly disappearing from the venue. What had been an over crowed grunge indulgence fest, turned into an empty, sweat smelling room as the nights headliners started setting up their equipment. Bob filled me in on the few new facts he’d acquired about the band and you could see the excitement build in him. Never one to write something off before I see it for myself, I caught the buzz.

Oliver Cole’s small, thin frame is hardly imposing, even in a suit, but the man’s power as a lead singer is astonishing. Physically, Turn all looked about the same height and weight, leading many first time viewers with a few laughs up their sleeves (you have to remember Lord of the Rings was still everywhere). There’s nothing as frustrating of realizing you’re watching a truly incredible band and not knowing any of their songs, Turns music pulled me in so fast, it was hard to stop it. Songs like Beeswax, Antisocial, Beretta, Too Much Makeup, Queen of My Heart and In Position are greatest songs any Irish band of the last twenty / thirty years. Turn embodied the raw, brute force of rock n roll, while still maintaining a powerful grasp of melody and beauty. Everything flowed so well and around every corner there was a surprise. I instantly became a dedicated fan, very rare for me to latch onto new bands….up until that point anyway.

Turn quickly became the number band of my college years. I stayed with them over four years going to ever show possible, buying every single album, single, ep or vinyl I could get my hands on. I saw them play with Bell X1, Mundy, Paddy Casey, Weezer, The Frank and Waters and .many, many more I saw them play Oxegen, Merion Square, The Village, The Temple Bar Music Centre, McGarrigles Pub, Collera House, Whelan’s, Vicar Street, The Point Depot, The Sligo Rocks Festival, NUI Maynooth and the Left Bank. I think I got to about 20/30+ shows all together, sometimes to going to three a week. I managed to get to two album launches and get to know each member and their tour manager well enough to have a drink with. I watched them lose Gavin and get Alan, only to lose Alan and replace him with Ciaran before Gavin rejoined the group again. I got to see them play some of the best songs I’ve ever heard in my life countless times.

Am I bragging with all that info? Nope, I’m listing all the truly thrilling things I got to do for the last four years of Turn’s existence. My previous favourites included Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard, Oasis, Nirvana, Blur, Meat Loaf, Megadeth, Slayer, Cradle of Filth, Sepultura and Metallica. Not exactly touchable bands. But here was this amazing band, that were Irish and easy to go and see. Not touring once every ten years or past their prime. More bands fell into my heart after Turn, including The Future Kings of Spain, Bell X1, The Frames, Berkeley, Indigo Fury, Paddy Casey, Wilt and many more. I couldn’t believe that I’d been so unaware of the Irish talent that swarms this country. There were so many unique acts that all formulated their own defining sound. They could make you mosh / pogo / sleep / dance or rock out, all on the same album at times.

2006 marked the end for Turn. The lack of success, internal issues and record company fuck up’s that hounded the band all the way through their career, finally caught up with the members and over-whelmed them. The band simply disappeared after initially hinting at a final tour before the split, something that sadly, never materialized.

Three years on(well, 2 and a bit), and the members have all moved on. Ian moved home to raise a family, Ollie has recorded enough material for over three solo albums which he’s hoping to have out this year while Gavin Fox has gone on to form another exciting band in the heart of its prime, Concerto For Constantine. Things look grim for any hopes of revival in the near future and honestly, there are good things to come from the individual projects that should be heard before they ever consider a reunion.

Tickets There generally doesn’t condone reunions and objects to any legendary band cashing in their legacy’s and artist integrity for a few easy bucks and hamper any chance of a respectful future or musical advancement, but if Turn did reunite for a jaunt, I’d be there.

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