Although Turbine is inexplicably recommended for fans of the Mars Volta, according to the New York City band's press info, this rootsy and smooth-sounding progressive jam band has more in common with, say, the Drive-By Truckers and the Black Crowes. And that ain't a bad thing...
Turbine -- once a duo and now expanded to a quartet for Reward, the band's second album -- have shared stages with Trey Anastasio, Les Claypool, Widespread Panic, Phil Lesh and Friends, Bob Weir and Ratdog, and the String Cheese Incident. But Turbine sounds like none of them. With its fusion of southern rock, bluegrass, blues and even touches of reggae and Zydeco, these guys are hard to pin down. After all, what other band can make a harmonica sound like a synthesizer (as Ryan Rightmire does on Reward)? And name another guitarist who can turn an electric axe into a fiddle as Jeremy Hilliard does when goes nuts on practically any one of these nine songs. Three-part harmonies and a willingness to take musical risks further distinguish Turbine's sound.
The band is succinct, too, taking less than 42 minutes to say all it needs to say -- and leaving listeners wanting to hear more.
1) Don't Take Money From Strangers
2) Roll On
3) Blackout Song
4) Stand Down
5) Cranberry Creek
7) Seven Years of Bad Luck
9) Rosehill Promenade