Cool Guy Hardcore Band Turnstile Donate 100% of Merch Sales to Palestine Charity


Written by Don't Panic
12 Thursday 12th October 2017

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Just in case you haven’t heard, Turnstile are a hardcore band who are super fun, just the right side of being scene af, and very good at playing music that makes you want to slam. We highly recommend losing some valuable time to YouTube vids of their shows, as they will inspire you to run through walls.

Turnstile have gained quite a following in the past few years, getting glowing write-ups in esteemed and varied publications like The New Yorker, GQ and Thrasher. As such, they are playing all over the world. In what some would consider to be a fairly #problematic move, they even played in a show in Tel-Aviv in August. Cue comments accusing them of being zionist pigs and/or supporting apartheid regimes. Prior to the event, drummer Daniel Fang explained why they were going ahead with it:


I fully acknowledge the colonialist, apartheid state of Israel and am verily against the Israeli government's systematic oppression of Palestinians. I believe that special interests of economic-military-industrial powers cause this aggression -- and that ethnic hate speech distracts us from this issue. I believe that to erode cultural conflict, it is critical that we make an effort to connect with people. I support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement and any effort to nonviolently pressure Israel's government to grant Palestinians basic human rights. I also believe in playing a DIY hardcore show to Israelis. I believe this aligns with the ideology of the BDS movement, and does not violate its integrity. I believe in getting paid nothing to travel across the world so that I can connect with people who are also frustrated with their government's imperialist militaries. I believe in the power of hardcore-punk music as a subversive force against power structures. Being in a touring American band has given me the privilege to enter Israel and have a voice. For over six decades, Palestinians have not been able to enjoy such a privilege. We will be playing one show in Tel Aviv. The next day we we will be visiting Palestine and meeting with Palestinian activists. Turnstile will use this opportunity to spread awareness and to start discussions -- to examine human rights organizations more carefully, and to explore the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a whole. I try to keep politics off of social media. But I have realized it is irresponsible not to make a clear political statement about Turnstile's decision to play Tel Aviv. Turnstile is not an overtly "political band". Our music focuses on introspective change and growth. However, playing Israel is an inherently politically charged action and we will treat it as such. Thank you to the socially progressive promoter of our show and the punks of Tel Aviv. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to share their opinions and ideas. Thank you to everyone who has answered our calls and responded to our questions. In the last 72 hours we have spoken with .... (continued in comments)

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Turnstile followed through on Daniel’s pledge to visit Palestine and Palestinian activists after the gig in Tel-Aviv. Earlier this month, they posted on Facebook to say that they would be donating 100% of proceeds from sales of their (flippin’ sick) merch to Palestinian charity Alrowwad at Aida Refugee Camp and the Puerto Rico and Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund. Good stuff.

This was one of the more bizarre and unexpected minor political upheavals to hit a reasonably popular HC band in the past few months, but we reckon they handled it pretty well. Big shouts to the Turnstile lads. You can buy their merch here.

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