Turkuaz ready to rock New Haven’s College Street Music Hall
Published 12:00 am, Monday, December 25, 2017
Brooklyn’s soulful, funk band, Turkuaz, was founded by Dave Brandwein and Taylor Shell when they were students at Berklee College of Music. The Beatles played an early role in inspiring their high energy sound.
“I grew up on classic rock,” said Brandwein, who hails from Roslyn, on Long Island. “The Beatles are forever my all-time favorite band. I was obsessed with them growing up; it was all I would think about or do.”
Brandwein, who sings and plays guitar, will perform with his eight band mates at College Street Music Hall in New Haven on Saturday, Dec. 30. He shared more in a phone interview, including details about Turkuaz’s wild new single, “On the Run,” and its video, which features friends and fans.
“It’s kind of dark if you look at the lyrics,” Brandwein said of “On the Run,” which was produced by Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads. The tune’s meaning is up for interpretation, but in his mind, “it’s about running from the various demons in our lives, avoiding them and being recaptured at times — and coming to grips with that.”
Brandwein, 30, said he didn’t want “to fill in too many of the blanks” because he has heard people speculate about what the song is about, and sometimes finds what they come up with is even more interesting than the original idea.
College Street Music Hall, 238 College St., New Haven. Saturday, Dec. 30, 9 p.m. $26 advance, $28 day of show. General admission standing room. All ages. 877-435-9849, www.collegestreetmusichall.com
Much of the story told in the tune’s video takes place in a crowded Cirque du Soleil-type nightclub, where a mysterious blue orb is passed from one person to another.
“The blue orb is a canvas; you can project what you want onto that. It’s something that makes the protagonist aware of his surroundings in a new way, which becomes very disturbing to him, hence the running.”
Brandwein, 30, said the video was filmed at House of Yes, in Bushwick. “It is an amazing event place. What appears to be special effects, that’s actually what that room is like. They have all kinds of shows and events there.”
Since Turkuaz couldn’t have its video filmed when the club was open, “we put out our Bat signal to friends and fans... If fans of the band could make it on a Monday night between midnight and 6 a.m., if you could handle it, come on out. People were excited to be a part of it, and it made us appreciate our fan base even more. They helped us fill up the room and set the scene.”
As 2018 approaches, Brandwein said he’s thinking about how 2017 has been a challenging year for the world. “One thing that keeps us going is being a beacon of light for people,” he said. “People tell us our shows are a bright spot in a dark week, month or year, and that is important to us.”
Brandwein said Turkuaz wants people to come out and feel positive and have a good time. He said the opening band, Pimps of Joytime, is very good, too, so expect a fun night of music.
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