Turbo Suit comes to Canopy Club with new name, album
Billi Jo Hart
The Indianapolis based electronic funk trio Turbo Suit appeared at Canopy Club on Thursday, March 4, 2015 in Urbana, Illinois. This show was their first since the release of their new album, “Out Here,” which features an eclectic mix of genres as well as collaborations with several different artists.
Turbo Suit’s recent name change from Cosby Sweater gave the band a chance to unveil an innovative new take on their old work. The new album showcases the talents of members David Embry (production and vocals), Nicholas Gerlach (tenor saxophone and EWI), and Jeff Peterson (drums).
The album also featured special guests including Jake Cinninger, Joel Cummins and Andy Farag from Umphrey’s McGee, Natalie Cressman from Trey Anastasio Band, Joe Hettinga and Marcus Rezak from Digital Tape Machine, as well as Zion I, ProbCause and Rusty Redenbacher.
Gerlach commented that working with so many different artists was interesting because the band is used to doing everything in-house. He explained that the talent of the other musicians made it really easy to work with them and collaborate on each track.
“We were just trying to get more of a fresh sound to this album and make it sound more like a live band would,” Gerlach said. “And also it’s just good to have a fresh take on your music.”
This album also marked the first time the band added live recording from drummer Peterson, adding to the organic feel the band was looking for.
Turbo Suit decided to change their name from Cosby Sweater to avoid being associated with the allegations being made against Bill Cosby, an American comedian and actor, from whom the name was inspired.
Despite the change, Gerlach feels like the band is still being received well from their fans, and doesn’t think it has had any impact on their music.
Former Parkland student Charlie Stevenson attended the show on Thursday night and reflected that he was impressed by the band’s sound, which was much different than what he was used to listening to.
“It was cool…I usually only go to Canopy to see DJs, but a friend convinced me to go with him. But the band was super funky and I was into it,” Stevenson said.
Turbo Suit is currently on their spring tour, and plans to play at local music festival Summer Camp Music Festival in May, which is put on by Jay Goldberg of the Canopy Club.
Gerlach stated that the band also plans to team up with Marcus Rezak and Joe Hettinga from Digital Tape Machine, as well as Colin Scott from Spare Parts again to form North American Scum, an LCD Soundsystem tribute band.
So far, Turbo Suit’s new album seems to be just a beginning of the collaborations to come.
“Out Here,” is available to download at http://apple.co/1NCdDOx.