LIVE: Turbine Sunrise CD Release Party @ Jupiter Hall 2/23/19
Written by Amy Modesti on March 15, 2019
While shoppers were spending time dining and checking out the massive LEGO sculptures that were featured in Crossgates Mall on a Saturday evening, music patrons spent their time listening to original music from five local bands inside Lucky Strike’s Jupiter Hall. This was all in part of a CD release party that Turbine Sunrise was having in support of their sophomore album, ‘Roll It Out’.
Local acts, Safety Meeting, Ferriday, Son of a Gun, Iudica, and headlining act, Turbine Sunrise, each entertained their crowd and brought out their original songs to Jupiter Hall. Each group, ranging in musical genres as indie, alternative, rock, & blues-rock, were unique in the way how they were able to entertain the crowd in their short half-hour sets.
Saratoga Springs band, Safety Meeting, kicked off their set with a series of original songs, including “Low Key”, “Luke’s New One” (named after the band’s guitarist, Luke), “Call You Up” (the band had recently made a music video for this single), “Coffee Social”, “The Morning Glow” (their first song ever written), and “Other Day”. The band encouraged the fans to dance to their songs, pick up a free band pin at the merchandise table, and check out their music on their band camp web page. Their sound and vibe, hearing it for the first time, reminded me of a mix between Weezer and being inside a Hollister shop, but with a beachy twist due to the laid-back guitar playing one would hear in each song.
Ferriday, a rock group based in Albany, followed suit and played their originals. Performing songs as “Strangers”, “Everywhere She Goes” (based on a friend of a band member whose girlfriend had decided to break up with him due to a modeling career), “Camels Stay Drunk”, among others, Ferriday rocked out their tunes to their audience.
Upon taking a break to check out the merchandise while conversing with members of Turbine Sunrise, I briefly missed listening to the first few songs of Son of a Gun’s set. Returning to my area to listen to the band, I was impressed at what I was hearing from this group. From hearing “Where do we go From Here”, an original song which focused on a breakup and the future of the broken couple, to hearing the quick musical transitions in between songs that were nice and quick, the band’s musicality and their compositions were tight and developed. They were songs that you could certainly rock out to. What was interesting was that their sound didn’t specifically fit into any musical genre. Sometimes it would sound more like Pearl Jam (heard through the vocals of “Winds of Change”), or you could hear the country-rock vibe of “Hope & Heartache”. Listening to both “Down the Highway” and “Call of Days Past”, you can tell that it centered around blues-rock, even including little hints of “Call Me the Breeze” in the guitar & bass riffs and hearing the vocals one could listen from Sly Fox and The Hustlers.
From watching the short mix of alternative-rock originals from Lake George group, Iudica, to watching headlining act, Turbine Sunrise, each group drew their fans onto the dance floor to rock out. Closing out their set with their sophomore album cover blazing behind the band in full color, Turbine Sunrise concluded the evening with a thirteen-song set, featuring mostly songs from “Roll It Out”.
Turbine Sunrise, featuring Zach King (bass), Steven Vinciguerra (drums), and Josh Cole (lead guitar/ main vocals) thanked all their fans, bands, venue, and both WEQX and RadioRadioX for taking the time to come and support them and open for them in support of their new album. From songs as “Roll It Out” (main single off the title album), “Valley Blvd.”, “Laundry Day in Babylon”, “Give Us Love”, and even an encore performance of “Faron’s Driveway & Remote Starter Darlie” to conclude the evening, Cole, singing with a bit of grittiness, delivered on his vocals on each song, with equal assistance from both King and Vinciguerra. Vinciguerra’s drum soloing throughout the evening was impressive to watch and hear, he would throw his drum sticks into the air to catch on the spot before tapping on his snare drum or cymbal to continue with the measure. With the encouragement of Cole after singing “Laundry Day in Babylon”, their fans gathered to watch and dance in awe as they played their tunes.
Congratulations to Turbine Sunrise on releasing “Roll it Out” at Jupiter Hall and well done to the band and all the groups who opened for Turbine Sunrise in support of their album. Jupiter Hall was certainly to be the place to be Saturday, February 23 in the local music scene as these four local bands united to open for their friends at their CD release party. “Roll It Out” is currently out now.