Montreal, QC – April 7, 2022
TURBO LOVERS Reflect On Past Mistakes With Rockin’ Video “Should’ve Known Better”
New Album “Lettin’ It Fly” Out Now!
L-R: Christian DeSantis (Drums) | B.J. Lisko (Guitar/Vocals) | Keith Dougherty (Bass/Backing Vocals)
Photo credit – Gary Leininger
With the latest release “Lettin’ It Fly!” available for listeners around the world, Ohio’s Turbo Lovers are continuing to deliver extraordinary rock done extraordinarily well. This latest album is fresh and full of the most completed and focused material that the band has written so far. For the new record they employed producer Dave Piatek and for the first time, they had another set of ears for the full-length, which pushed them to a whole new level. Today, they present their latest music video for the single “Should’ve Known Better”.
“When it came time to do the video, we didn’t want to do a literal interpretation of the song, so we did a fun video game throwback to the days of the original Nintendo Entertainment System. We included some of our favorites from the original NES and made the video about getting pissed off at the games, which I think everybody can relate to if they were ever a gamer at any point.
Musically, it’s a super anthemic, up-tempo, and catchy tune. Lyrically, a lot of people will probably think that it references being in a bad relationship, and the lyrics could certainly read that way. It’s actually a really hooky tune about getting hooked on drugs, something that happened to me (and that’s happened to about a billion other people), after a bad car accident and more than a year’s worth of ultra-cheap painkiller prescriptions. It was pretty awesome until the drugs ran out. Then it was a total pain in the ass being hooked on something you once needed but now we’re also physically dependent on.” adds B.J. Lisko (Guitar/Vocals).
Watch “Should’ve Known Better” via its premiere on SonicPerspectives HERE.
Turbo Lovers began as a recording side project back in 2003 for guitarist/singer B.J. Lisko to express his love for rock, arena rock, and 80s rock, and to fill a regional need for a band of that style in Northeast Ohio. They are named after the Judas Priest song and sometimes get confused as a Judas Priest tribute band, especially when playing with tribute acts. What they are… is down-to-earth rockers looking to provide the soundtrack for a great time. They have a blast when they play live, and the audience easily picks up that vibe when they hit the stage.
Recommended for fans of Danko Jones, Backyard Babies, and AC/DC, “Lettin’ It Fly!” was released on February 4, 2022, and is available for download at Turbolovers.bandcamp.com, Apple Music, and Spotify.
Music Video – Reasons That We Rhyme – https://youtu.be/UybVZFgO-Bk
Music Video – Too Cocky – https://youtu.be/Z3uOVkk1kkY
1. Should’ve Known Better (4:26)
2. Reasons That We Rhyme (3:19)
3. Too Cocky (4:27)
4. Lettin’ It Fly (3:45)
5. Gave Me A Sign (3:50)
6. Almost Great (3:22)
7. Finally Home (3:22)
8. Under Pressure (3:46)
9. Rockers Extraordinaire (4:23)
Album Length: 34:42
Album Recording Credits:
• All songs performed by: Turbo Lovers
• All songs written by: Turbo Lovers
• Produced by: Dave Piatek
• Mixed by: Dave Piatek and Keith Dougherty
• Mastered by: Dave Piatek
• Album Artwork by: B.J. Lisko
• Member of ASCAP
Album and Live Band Line Up:
B.J. Lisko – Guitar/Vocals
Keith Dougherty – Bass/Backing vocals
Christian DeSantis – Drums
Turbo Lovers is a rock ’n’ roll power trio from Youngstown, Ohio that’s equal parts bravado, swagger and fun. Often chastised for taking their name from what some consider the worst Judas Priest album in history, the band’s sound is more akin to AC/DC, The Wildhearts, and Kiss than the New Wave of British Heavy Metal Gods. But yeah, there’s a little Priest in ‘em, too.
“Lettin’ It Fly” is the band’s new 9-track album, and it’s straight-up, infectious, and unpretentious rock.
“We’re sort of like AC/DC and Danko Jones in that with each album we’ll have a few surprises here and there, but it’s reliable working-class rock ’n’ roll,” said guitarist/singer B.J. Lisko. “It’s all about hooks and solid songs, and we feel like we’ve got plenty of those on the new album.”
The band’s steady stream of support shows opening for the likes of Warrant, Kix, Loverboy, Sebastian Bach, Slaughter, Reverend Horton Heat, Blaze Bayley, and Stephen Pearcy, among others, has netted it a solid fan base, and the racket made by three Ohio rock lifers has turned quite a few heads, as well.
The band originally started as a recording project for Lisko before morphing into somewhat of a revolving door of drummers and bass players. Bassist Keith Dougherty and drummer Christian DeSantis joined the band in late 2011, and have been in tow ever since.
“Turbo Lovers didn’t really become Turbo Lovers, officially, until these guys joined,” Lisko said. “It’s a cohesive unit now, and I couldn’t imagine doing this with anybody else.”
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“These never-say-die soldiers are the sole sleazers in their luckless mid-US town, yet they make a genre-hopping trucker metal juggernaut that easily straddles The Supersuckers and Y&T in the same goddamn song. – Classic Rock Magazine
“The pride of Youngstown, Ohio. Their headbanging take on AC/DC, shit-kicker country and 80s metal is low-brow and rabble rousing. – Classic Rock Magazine
“Aging rock ‘n’ roll lifers from the guts of Ohio use their arena rock illusions to create an impressively overblown collection of balls-out chug, sort of like Guns N’ Roses with male pattern baldness, bills to pay, and a flabby with that won’t stop bitchin’ at them. Desperation rock lives. Here’s the proof. – Classic Rock Magazine
“Turbo Lovers are, officially, from the worst town in America: Youngstown, Ohio, known far and wide for its off-the-charts unemployment and high school dropout rates, to say nothing of the subsequent crime sprees such circumstances foster. Naturally, they sound like a trailer park Judas Priest robbing a gas station.” – Classic Rock Magazine
“Youngstown’s Turbo Lovers shake rock ‘n’ roll to its very foundation and deliver it in its most basic and timeless form. – Cleveland Free Times
“Fun rock that is light-hearted and unpretentious. Oozing bravado, you can’t help but enjoy the music from this extremely likeable trio.”– Powerplay Magazine
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