Turkuaz, the powerhouse Brooklyn new wave funk outfit that’s been wowing worldwide audiences with their technicolor live shows for half a decade, is entering a new era. On Tuesday, the band announced their forthcoming new EP, Kuadrochrome, due out on November 22nd. In addition to revealing the detail for the new EP, the band has announced some notable changes to their look to go along with it: The “colors” are officially a thing of the past.
Turkuaz – Kuadrochrome EP – Cover Art
“As autumn continues to set in, the change around us is impossible to ignore,” Turkuaz frontman, Dave Brandwein, shares in a press statement. “As with all aspects of life, nothing ever stays the same. Things come and go, and change itself is the only thing we can all count on. For the past five years, Turkuaz has been on a colorful journey all across the U.S. and more recently, around the world. But the time has come to move on to a new era.”
The new “era” of Turkuaz will serve as a “visual palate cleanser,” ushering in a new black/white/grey/tan look for the band. As the press release notes, “Turkuaz is excited to keep things fresh, both for themselves and the fans, as they look forward to the future.”
“The band is more collaborative than ever before and seeks to unite our energy in a different way,” Brandwein adds with regard to the new Turkuaz Kuadrochrome aesthetic. “The four tone scheme with chrome accents sets the mood for an era harkening back to the funk and soul that the band’s music was born out of.”
The “colors” era of Turkuaz was immortalized by the band’s recent concert film, None’s A Ton. The film showcases how the nine monochromatic band members each individually brought their own style, talent, and presence to the Turkuaz stage as the band moves towards an era of more cohesion and collaboration.
Ahead of the film’s premiere, Brandwein hinted at the change in visuals in an interview with Live For Live Music. “I feel a little bit like a broken record because I’ve said it so many times, but it was true that when [Turkuaz bassist] Taylor [Shell] showed me Stop Making Sense, the Talking Heads film, that’s really when we decided to start a band,” he explained. “So all these years, in the back of my mind, they’ve continued to be a huge influence. We worked with [Talking Heads keyboardist/guitarist] Jerry Harrison on a couple tunes the last couple of years. … We always approached our live show in ways that I felt create moments and create an art to the set, create cinematic things using choreography. That’s always been sort of our blueprint, and to finally now capture it on film is really gratifying. Having it finally captured this way, it feels like we’re kind of tying a bow on this whole era of the band.”
The announcement of the new Turkuaz Kuadrochrome EP and new stylistic era comes along with the announcement of an accompanying Kuadrochrome Tour beginning this winter. Low-fee fan pre-sale tickets for all newly announced dates are available now ahead of the general public on-sale this Friday, November 15th at 10 a.m. local time. See below for a full list of dates. For ticketing information, head here.
The band also notes in their press release that this is just the first of several exciting announcements set to come from the Turkuaz camp in the coming months. Stay tuned for more details on this new era of Turkuaz.
Turkuaz Kuadrochrome Tour Dates
12/5 – Fairfield, CT – Warehouse *
12/6 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of The Living Arts *
12/12 – Kalamazoo, MI – Bells Brewery ^
12/13 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue Theater ^
12/14 – Nashville, TN – Exit / In ^
12/27 – Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre #
12/28 & 12/29 – Frisco, CO – 10 Mile Music Hall #
12/31 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater #
1/7 – 1/12 – Miami, FL – Jam Cruise
1/15 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn ~
1/16 – Savannah, GA – Victory, North ~
1/17 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre ~
1/18 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre ~
1/23 – Chattanooga, TN – Songbirds ~
1/24 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater ~
1/25 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theatre ~
1/30 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon ~
1/31 – Chicago, IL – Park West
2/1 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe ~
* w/ Great Time
^ w/ Paris Monster
# w/ Swaktins & The Positive Agenda
~ w/ Neal Francis
In other Turkuaz news, the band’s “Life In The City” was recently included in the November 2019 edition of the L4LM Monthly Mix. You can listen to the full playlist below or head here to read our liner notes.