Turnstile’s Brady Ebert and Pat McCrory on why huge guitar groove is front and center of their hardcore punk sound

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Hiring a brand-name producer like Mike Elizondo, a former protégé of Dr. Dre whose résumé includes decidedly non-guitar artists like Eminem and Fiona Apple, could have led hardcore heroes Turnstile down a much different path for their latest album, Glow On. But co-guitarists Brady Ebert and Pat McCrory instead found a kindred spirit who shared their language of riffs and tones.

“We would give him a vague description, like it needs to be punchy, [or] maybe describe it with hand motions, and he’d be like, ‘Oh, I know exactly how to do that,’” Ebert says. “He grew up playing in thrash bands, so for getting guitar tones, he was very quick at picking up what we wanted to do.”

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Jim Beaugez

Jim Beaugez has written about music for Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, Guitar World, Guitar Player and many other publications. He created My Life in Five Riffs, a multimedia documentary series for Guitar Player that traces contemporary artists back to their sources of inspiration, and previously spent a decade in the musical instruments industry.