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20 April 2013

CD Review from Homegrown Rocker - Rocky 104.9 Altoona

The Professor - Jim Price

THE TURBOSONICS – THE TURBOSONICS (AmeriSon Records) There isn’t much premium beach space or ocean surf to be found along Pittsburgh’s three rivers, but rip-roaring surf rock erupts from the Steel City courtesy of The Turbosonics. Formed in 2008, The Turbosonics feature drummer Tim Klatte, bassist Keith Caldwell and guitarist Jason Truckenbrod. Their self-titled disc introduces listeners to The Turbosonics’ instrumental surf-rock realm, featuring eight invigorating creations. The group crafts the surf vibe completely, from driving rhythms to instrumental tones and abundant reverb. Each track captures a different mood and variation on the surf theme; the disc-opener “Clambake” immediately sets the tone for the rest of the album with its authentic California beach/surf rock vibe, and that mood also permeates the rowdy shout-along anthem “Lights Out.” “Black Flamenco” mixes a slight Spanish guitar flourish into the proceedings, and “Man’s Woman” stretches out with a lighter, melodic arrangement. “In the Shadows” toys with darker surf flavors, “Zombie-a-Go-Go” is more playful, and “Dragstrip” and the disc-closer “Hattori Hanzo” rock harder and with more ferocity. The melody lines are simple and to the point, and The Turbosonics improvise enough along the melodies to keep the listener’s attention through each track. Recorded in complete band takes in the same room, this disc shows that The Turbosonics are tight and together, as the three musicians smoothly weave, complement and play off one another. The mix is clear and full, and the overall sound is smooth yet edgy. Even though this music emanates far from any beach, The Turbosonics’ debut is a fun set that honors the tradition of classic surf rock; this CD should be tucked alongside the surf board or body board before embarking on the next beach vacation. (The CD can be obtained through the website

Originally posted on Rocky 104.9 Altoona's Rock Station

10 April 2013

Pittsburgh Marathon 2013

Get Your Feet Ready - Sunday May 5, 2013

Once again The Turbosonics will provide support and encouragement to thousands at the Pittsburgh Marathon.  This will be the fifth year in a row that The Turbosonics will be volunteering at this fun event.  We will be located outside, under a tent, at the corner of Liberty Avenue and 29th Street in the Strip District.

Come on down to show your support for the courageus athletes who are giving it their all.  Grab a coffee and a danish in the Strip and enjoy the energetic sounds of your favorite surf band, The Turbosonics!

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