Founded by songwriter Ryan Smith, Turnpike Gates is a Jersey City, N.J.-based band that embraces elements of punk, Celtic, and heartland rock.
Smith, a Philadelphia native, uses honest lyrics and catchy hooks to paint a picture of what it’s like to live, learn, work and love in the modern Mid-Atlantic.
“Check Engine” is the closing track on the debut Turnpike Gates’ EP, “Almost There”. While the songs that precede it are focused on the pain that comes from saying goodbye to the people, places and things we love, “Check Engine” is about finding hope in the aftermath.
Songwriter Ryan Smith indeed pairs honest lyrics with a catchy melody to create a hook that will be hard to get out of your head.