Turnstile: What does a Hardcore Band Wear to the Grammys?
The Grammy Awards always deliver music’s biggest stars outfitted in their Sunday best. Last night’s edition saw the usual suspects dressed to the nines: Harry Styles, Bad Bunny, Kendrick Lamar, and Pharrell among them. A few of the most exciting menswear looks, though, came not from a pop superstar or famous rapper but from a less-expected source: Turnstile, the idiosyncratic band born from Baltimore’s hardcore punk scene. The group was nominated for three awards and showed up on music’s biggest night dressed like the boundary-pushing rock stars they are.
Even if Turnstile didn’t take home a trophy, last night felt like a massive moment for the skyrocketing band. And as such, the four-piece—Brendan Yates, Franz Lyons, Daniel Fang, and Pat McCrory—posed on the red carpet in an assortment of contemporary threads that felt seriously plugged in. The group checked off some of menswear’s most beloved labels (Our Legacy, Rick Owens, Marni, Bottega Veneta) while giving nods to two Los Angeles up-and-comers in Goodfight and Brain Dead.
Frontman Yates wore a layered oxford button-up from Goodfight, Bottega Veneta culottes, and leather Marni shoes, while bassist Lyons donned a vintage Bad Brains tee over a Supreme long sleeve with Virgil Abloh-designed Dunks and a Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama duffle. Fang, the group’s drummer, went the most avant-garde, wearing a stainless steel mesh top from womenswear line Fannie Schiavoni with Rick Owens pants. (On his feet? Brain Dead’s wacky wooden clogs.) And guitarist McCrory donned a knit vest from Our Legacy over a lacy camp-collar shirt, flared Amiri pants, and Off-White derby shoes.
Turnstile has long held a reputation as one of the hardcore scene’s most experimental exports. (A pop singer or movie star daring to dance on the cutting edge of menswear is one thing; a down-tuned band that has shared the stage with Madball and Exodus is another.) The clothes also show how far the band has come, especially considering that you were likely to spot them in T-shirts and jeans just a handful of years ago. Turnstile has never shied from subverting what’s expected of a quote-unquote hardcore band, from music to visuals and beyond. Last night, with the world watching, they brought that same mentality to the red carpet. Plus, if you’re a punk band going to the Grammys, you might as well make some sartorial noise.
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