Todd Giglio, frontman of power/pop outfit The Turnback, spent decades trying, mostly unsuccessfully, to become an actor. Though he always loved music, he didn’t really pursue it until learning how to play bass for a part in a long-forgotten indie film. He started writing songs with pal Kenny Sherman, who’d taught him to play for the movie, and their efforts eventual led to The Turnback.
The band got a boost in 2009 with the release of “Drawn in Chalk,” a soundtrack to the film of the same name. The movie was a semi-autobiographical account of Giglio’s life, but it’s the music that stood out and earned the fledgling band plenty of kudos — and an invitation to the International Pop Overthrow Festival in London.
It’s taken Giglio, Sherman & Co. a while to get back into the studio but they are back at long last with sophomore slab “Are We There Yet?” It’s more of the same from The Turnback, with plenty of songs that should appeal to bands like Fountains of Wayne and Sloan. They even pay tribute to The Beatles with a surprisingly effective cover of “Tomorrow Never Knows.” Additional keepers include “Five Days a Week,” “Reveal,” “July,” “First Song of Summer,” “Seconds” and “A Long Way Home.” Good stuff. (Jeffrey Sisk)