About The Turf
we're the turf. we love instruments. we're a dance-indie group from nashville whose influence stems from everything we've ever listened to. not only do we like to dance, but we like to make other people dance. so if you want to dance, just give us a listen and we hope you like what you hear. we're still creating our sound... hopefully what is now an edgy, indie rock vibe that manages to maintain a heavy dance feel with catchy unprecedented melodies. we love experimentation and we write everyday. we plan on playing lots of shows and recording a lot of new material this summer. we love rhythms and harmony. keep your ears open for our new EP, "What Up Tambourine", which should be out soon. thanks so much for listening to us. much love -the turf
Slade Otis Utley: Slade has been around music his entire life, playing guitar and learning piano from his father Mike Utley, keyboard player for Jimmy Buffett. His energy on stage is contagious, and his guitar playing virtuosic, dazzling audiences with intricate and imaginative guitar licks. Slade will be a sophomore at University of Southern California in the fall.
Brenden Mayer: Like Slade, Brenden also grew up in a musical household. His father, Peter Mayer, plays with Jimmy Buffett as well on the guitar. Brenden’s voice combines vitality with clarity, and his guitar playing is an excellent compliment to his skills as a vocalist. After taking a year off, he will be starting college this fall at Boston University.
Nick Carter: The Turf’s beat-master is not your typical indistinct drummer. His beats are tight, yet complex, and serve as the foundation to the band’s danceable style. Nick will be returning to Brown University as a sophomore this fall.
Nigel Hood: Nick “Nigel” Hood makes bass playing an art with his natural ability to create The Turf feel on every song. Though he may appear reserved, Nige’s whit and ability to think creatively is a major factor in the band’s character. Nige will continue studying at Boston University this fall as a sophomore.