Clockwise (from left): Brady Ebert, Franz Lyons, Pat McCrory, Daniel Fang and Brendan Yates.

Brendan Yates

  • Words Stephanie Phillips
  • Photography Justin Chung

The Turnstile frontman on hardcore's sweet side.

  • Words Stephanie Phillips
  • Photography Justin Chung

Life in a touring band brings with it a particular set of hazards. Brendan Yates, lead singer of the Baltimore hardcore band Turnstile, has just experienced the big one: The tour van broke down. “I had a rough morning,” he confesses over the phone, speaking from the recently repaired van as the five-piece band races toward their next show in Phoenix. 

Judging by the reaction to their new album, Glow On, this won’t be the last time the band will be faced with battling the vagaries of life on tour. Their eclectic sound, which merges everything from R&B and samba music to noughties rap rock and funk, has lured in fans beyond the US hardcore scene: They’ve even played Coachella. The band’s ascent toward the mainstream has also been spurred along by their collaborations with produ...

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