The Turbo A.C.'s


The Turbo A.C.'s
(Stomp Records)

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The Turbo AC´s story begins in the early 90s with Kevin Cole on lead vocals and guitar, Kevin Prunty on drums and Mike Dolan on bass playing under various different band names. They eventually adopted The Turbo AC´s moniker, appropriated then modified from the Turnbull AC´s gang in the film The Warriors. After leading off on numerous compilations, their debut LP Damnation Overdrive was released in ´96 on Blackout Records. Two years of relentless touring, appearances on more compilations, as well as a split E.P.s and Singles followed, then Cacophone Records dropped their sophomore effort Winner Takes All. After more singles and more compilations, The Turbo AC´s then signed with Nitro Records and dropped Fuel for Life in 2001, produced by Roger Miret of Agnostic Front. A scant year after that, Gearhead released Automatic in the U.S., with Bitzcore retaining rights for Europe. Recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Blag Dahlia of The Dwarves and mixed by their former manager Billy Milano of S.O.D., Automatic brought the AC´s a wider audience in Europe through their incendiary live performances and the quality of their music. Choosing to self produce their next record Avenue X, the chips finally began to fall in their favor.

In 2006 original bassist Mike Dolan suddenly and “amicably” split from the band he help formed. The Turbo AC´s stuck their middle fingers in the face of adversity once again and soldiered on. Tim Lozada, formerly of the The Hard-Ups, was enlisted to replace Dolan and former roadie Jer (rhymes with chair) Von Duck was cast as the 2nd guitarist. It brought new life to the band. Surprising no one, The Turbo AC´s cut another album with 2006´s Live to Win; followed with yup you guessed it, more touring. After Live to Win, The Turbo AC´s embarked on their longest hiatus to date. - A whole two years. On their downtime Kevin Cole started a pizza shop, aptly called Pizza Shop with Jesse Malin of D Generation. Ramones art director Arturo Vega designed their pizza boxes.

Slated for a June 21st 2011 release, Kill Everyone promises to be their best effort to date. Previous Turbo A.C.´s producer Blag Dahlia recently previewed the album and said “WOW! I dig it, sounds like T-Rex on pills”. High praise indeed, even if that praise is coming from someone who is mostly high. It´s definitely a departure from their other releases, a composite of familiar Turbo AC´s goodness with the spaghetti western-esque Sonora or the anthemic Black Lipstick, mixed with the slow-to-mid tempo Live Fast, Die Slow Revisted and peppered with ultra violence throughout. The AC´s are especially proud to have Gary Lindsey of Hank Williams III and Assjack fame providing guest vocals on Tu Vida Se Acaba un Minuto a la Ves. There is no more alluding to violence. With lyrics like “Got no emotions, got no feelings, bodies piling up to the ceiling” metaphors are unneeded and the message is plain as day - you are a fucking dead man and your ears love it.

The show must always go on and they are prolific in ways most punk bands aren´t. Veterans of more compilations, split EPs and 7” records than I can count on both fingers and toes, they are averaging a new album every other year with Kill Everyone marking their 7th studio release. Where most NYC punk bands have trouble gigging outside of the tri-state area The Turbo AC´s are touring Europe on their own dime, sleeping in squats, crashing tour vans and then fixing it with duct tape (true story, I swear). They´ve performed at the Warped Tour and shared the stage with Turbonegro and The Buzzcocks to name just a few. Their resume impresses. They work hard. Whatever will be, will be. If success eludes The Turbo AC´s it won´t be for a lack of trying. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.