Ida Mae's Chris Turpin on his motley crew of guitars and choosing to go the quieter route

Ida Mae’s Stephanie Ward and Chris Turpin (Image credit: Dean Chalkley)

It takes a lot of guts to walk away from a rising rock ‘n’ roll band. Ask the Rolling Stones’ Tony Chapman or Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tufnel; quitting a popular act might mean a life spent as the answer to a trivia question rather than one spent on stage or in the studio (thankfully for music fans everywhere, Tufnel’s departure was temporary. The rest weren’t so lucky).

But for Chris Turpin and Stephanie Ward, quitting just as their hard-rocking quartet, Kill It Kid, was starting to make major waves in the British alt-rock scene may have been the best decision they ever made.

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Adam Kovac

Adam is a freelance writer whose work has appeared, aside from Guitar World, in Rolling Stone, Playboy, Esquire and VICE. He spent many years in bands you've never heard of before deciding to leave behind the financial uncertainty of rock'n roll for the lucrative life of journalism. He still finds time to recreate his dreams of stardom in his pop-punk tribute band, Finding Emo.