When: Sat., Sept. 8, 10 p.m. 2012
One thing that makes Turbo Fruits' 2009 full-length, Echo Kid, such a rip-roaring good time is the charming brattiness of front man Jonas Stein, formerly of Be Your Own Pet—the way his sneering vocals complement the album's head-bobbing garage rock keeps the vibe fun and light and unthreatening, like a Showbiz Pizza if the Rock-afire Explosion weren't totally terrifying. After recording Echo Kid, the band went through its second major lineup change—meaning once again everyone left except Stein, who put together a four-piece lineup, said up yours to Fat Possum, and signed with Kings of Leon's label, Serpents and Snakes, for Turbo Fruits' third album, Butter (which comes out this week). Recorded by Spoon drummer Jim Eno, it sounds very much like the product of an older band, with the fun-time vocal melodies partly replaced by creaky, almost introspective moments that would go better with three fingers of small-batch bourbon than with a tallboy of PBR (check "Sweet Thang" for the best example). It's all well and good for Turbo Fruits to move from their hole-in-the-wall sound toward a grander approach that could inspire sing-alongs in bigger halls and theaters, but they're still at their best when Stein flies off the rails and loads on the sass. —Kevin Warwick The Orwells and Innkeepers open.