David Turbow is a college professor, science
researcher, triathlete, surfer, and musician. A staunch proponent
of the “Do It Yourself” ethic, he records many of
his songs on the simplest of recording set-ups. He grew up in
suburban Southern California, near all things surf/skate/snow
and punk. His main songwriting influences include The Flaming
Lips, Matthew Sweet, Eels, and Beck. Although “Gold Standard”,
his latest release, was recorded at home and features some acoustic
guitar, it has a bigger, bolder, and more electric sound than
his previous 2 solo albums. Never a standout vocalist, on “Gold
Standard”, Turbow once again demonstrates his ability to
craft catchy melodic hooks underneath clever, humorous, and heartfelt
The visual element to his latest album was designed
to depict the more carefree days of his youth (e.g. playing pinball
machine). On songs, such as “Piso Mojado”, he expresses
sardonic angst in feeling out of place in the singles scene. His
music could probably be classified as emo in places, but it also
has tinges of dub and acoustic rock in there too.
Turbow is fond of big, bottom-heavy drum beats,
which can be heard on tunes, such as “Define Me”.
He is currently working with producer Mark Fiori to achieve the
desired recorded sound. Turbow’s bandmate in SUPERNOVICE,
Pasquale Talarico, contributed his bass playing prowess on “Gold
Keep an eye open and an ear out for David Turbow.