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Turnpike Glow started life in Italy but are now UK based, bringing their sunny, quirky Phoenix influenced sound to Britain’s rainy shores. Their first offering, The Turn, The Pike And The Glow, will be released to press and music fans alike as a free MP3 download and a little taster of what’s to come in 2012.
The track’s strong euphoric chorus is contrasted by minimalist verses that allow the band's strong vocal harmonies to shine through (catchy vocal harmonies being one of the band’s signature sounds). This is accomplished songwriting performed by a band that knows exactly what they're trying to achieve.
Sandro Schiena (vocals / guitar / keys) and Giuseppe La Mela (vocals / bass / keys) started the band in Rome, in a scene marginalised by glossy Italian mainstream pop and insider trading. However, with their Pavement / Phoenix inspired sound, they soon found themselves supporting acts like Cooper Temple Clause, The Futureheads and The Constantines. In 2007 they started flying over to do live shows in London, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester. It soon became clear that the UK was the place to be if they wanted to find a receptive audience. It wasn't long before Sandro and Giuseppe, the songwriting core of the band, moved to London armed with only their guitars and a bag full of European plug adaptors! One rainy Sunday, they bumped into Anthony J. Hutchinson (drums) and Jeremy Levy (guitar) busking on the tube in giant sombreros. They talked, they laughed and eventually, they joined forces to become… Turnpike Glow!
You can download the The Turn, The Pike And The Glow from the A Badge of Friendship SoundCloud page absolutely free!
An official single will be released in early 2012, along with their debut EP. Keep checking the A Badge of Friendship website for details.