Words & Photos by Melissa Lawlor

October 11, 2022

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Turnstile brought their high-energy "Love Connection" Tour to The Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park, NJ on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. They are currently on tour to support their most recent album from 2021, Glow On. It is a dynamic range of hardcore sounds mixed with layers of funk and psychedelia. Accompanying them on this sold-out show was indie-rock band Snail Mail and experimental hip hop artist JPEGMAFIA. It was an eclectic mix of music that drew a diverse crowd on this gorgeous night to our stage by the sea. Some were die-hard Turnstile fans, while others were there to check out what the buzz was all about.

As we listened to Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody’ while waiting for Turnstile to hit the stage, I knew we were in for a fun night! They opened with "Holiday" and the crowd exploded into a wave of constant motion. As the band powered through most of the Glow On album, it was interspersed with old favorites like "Real Thing" from Time & Space and “Drop" from Nonstop Feeling. Lead singer Brendan Yates is an electric dynamo onstage as he belts out songs while jump kicking in the air. The positive energy and camaraderie from this show was so uplifting. And it was certainly felt at the end of their final song of the night, "T.L.C (Turnstile Love Connection)" where Yates came down from the stage and hugged fans in the front row. The song celebrates their community of fans and the common bond they share together. And the chant continued even when they left the stage…

“I want to thank you for letting me see myself!"

"I want to thank you for letting me be myself!”

Thank YOU, Turnstile, for the best show of the year!

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I was born and raised in New Brunswick, NJ surrounded by creativity and the arts. My parents always loved listening to music, so I was exposed to an array of genres from an early age. As my own tastes developed, I found myself drawn to performers who weren’t so mainstream. It was during college, while studying art and photography, that I embraced the punk scene and spent most of my free time “going to shows.” Whether it was in a local VFW Hall, a small club in the tri-state area, or somewhere on Rutgers campus, I was usually there with a camera. I became involved with local bands, working on photo shoots and designing artwork for them. After receiving my BFA in graphic design, I moved in the direction of publishing while always keeping an interest in photography. I currently live in Freehold, NJ and although concert photography still remains my favorite, I also like to incorporate portrait and wildlife work as well. Asbury Park has practically become a second home to me, and to this day you’ll still find me, whether working or in the audience going to shows.

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