If you're looking for a rock 'n' roll pedigree, Turbo 350 has one. The band was formed five years ago in Memphis, Tenn., by a couple of guys who spent lots of time around Sun Studios. Adam Reynolds (guitar, vocals) and Aaron Covington (upright bass) worked as studio musicians at the fabled recording facility. Covington also was a Sun sound engineer.
Though the band regularly worked Beale Street in Memphis, Turbo 350 in 2005 opted to move to Austin. Shortly after the relocation, the Reynolds/Covington tandem added San Antonio drummer Jeremy Jacob to the mix. The trio is a rock-solid outfit with a repertoire built on hardcore rockabilly but isn't afraid to veer off into a ballad or high-energy, straight-up rock.
Turbo 350 does not fool around. The CD, engineered by Stuart Sullivan (Reverend Horton Heat, Sublime, Meat Puppets), has a fat sound that matches the band's revved-up approach.
"We like the idea that not every song sounds the same," Jacobs said. "Our main thing is our music is just a good view of what rock 'n' roll used to be, of what rock 'n' roll has lost."
While the traditional rockabilly is in place ("I Won't Go Home," "Fight Fight"), Turbo 350 also delves into a smoking surf-rock instrumental ("Goliath") and a hip ballad ("You Said").
"When we have shows, we want to have a good time and we want our fans to have a good time," Jacobs said.
Turbo 350 succeeds. Memphis' loss is Texas' gain.
-Jim Beal Jr.
San Antonio Express-News