Frank Turner Releases Tour Video

Frank Turner 2014Everybody’s favourite acoustic punk rocker Frank Turner has released a tour video filmed during his recent arena tour of the UK, culminating in a triumphant return to London’s 02 arena. He was supporting his most recent album, Tape Deck Heart and the video features live footage, interviews with the man himself and a behind the scenes look at how the tour came together each night.

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Tour: Beans on Toast (US & Canada)

Beans on ToastUK drunk folk (his words!) act Beans on Toast has announced a series of tour dates in the US and Canada starting tonight in Boston. He is out in support of his latest album, Giving Everything, which was released last December and as usual his touring band will be made up of members the English folk group Handshake. The Essex born singer has worked with many well known names in the nu-folk movement such as Ben Lovett (Mumford & Sons), Emmy The Great and Laura Marling and has also been credited as being the reason for thepunksite favourite Frank Turner’s shift  into acoustic punk.

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Billy The Kid Duets With Frank Turner on New Track

Billy the Kid FT 2014The new, as yet untitled album from Canadian singer songwriter Billy The Kid (aka Billy Pettinger) is due to drop on May 26th via Xtra Mile Recordings. It was recorded in the UK and produced by fellow Xtra Mile artist and folk punk favourite Frank Turner, who also performs with her on the song This Sure As Hell Ain’t My Life. 

You can check out a studio video of the two of them performing the song below:

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Frank Turner Announces New EP

Frank TurnerEnglish acoustic punk favourite Frank Turner has revealed that the first release of 2014 will be his Polaroid Picture EP. It will feature 3 cover songs from the likes of Biffy Clyro, The Weakerthans and Frightened Rabbit in addition to the title track and one brand new song.

The Polaroid Picture EP will be released on February 3, 2014 via Xtra Mile Recordings. Pre-orders are available here. 

Frank Turner Announces New European Tour Dates

Frant TurnerIt seems like English folk punk favourite Frank Turner is never off the road, he just seems to float from one show to the next, leaving  borders and oceans in his wake. Fresh off a North American tour with The Smith Street Band, European fans will now be treated to additional dates across the continent in February and March next year.

Not that Frank needs an excuse to be on the road, but he is still supporting his latest record, Tape Deck Heart, released earlier this year via Xtra Mile Recordings and Interscope Records.

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Video: The Smith Street Band – ‘Surrender’

Wil WagnerTaking time out from supporting Frank Turner on his current North American tour, Wil Wagner, of Australian folk punk band The Smith Street Band played a stripped down session for Punks in Vegas. He played Surrender, a brand new song with the bustling Las Vegas strip in the background. 

You can check out the video and the remaining tour dates with Frank Turner below:

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Frank Turner – iTunes Session

Frank Turner iTunesUK acoustic punk favourite Frank Turner has announced that a live iTunes session he recorded in Toronto earlier this year is now available for download. The 7 song session includes live favourites Photosynthesis and The Way I Tend To Be and can be purchased here (via iTunes).

The full track list is as follows: 1. Cowboy Chords, 2. Live and Let Die 3. Losing Days 4. Photosynthesis 5. Recovery 6. Tell Tale Signs 7. Way I Tend To Be



Interview: Frank Turner

Frank TurnerAs he embarked on his first North American tour in support of his major label debut, Tape Deck HeartFrank Turner took some time from his busy schedule to discuss the tour, his back injury and his plans for his new hardcore side project, Mongol Horde.

Read the interview here.


Frank Turner

Frank Turner

Frank Turner

Interscope Records
By on October 7th, 2013 at The Waiting Room - Omaha, NE



As he embarked on his first North American tour in support of his major label debut, Tape Deck HeartFrank Turner took some time from his busy schedule to discuss the tour, his back injury and his plans for his new hardcore side project, Mongol Horde.

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Live Concert Review

Frank Turner

Live In Vancouver (October 20th, 2013)

The Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC




Despite seeing Frank Turner four times in the past, his appearance at The Commodore Ballroom this past Sunday was the first time I’ve seen him with his band The Sleeping Souls. It’s costly bringing a full band over seas when, at its core, your songs are acoustic folk anthems. But that extra cost was worth it, as Turner let his full Million Dead-front man persona roam free with a fuller, stronger sound supporting him.

Still dealing with his back problems, they added on an extra guitarist so Turner could follow the doctor’s order and not hold the instrument every night. It was weird not seeing him behind the six string – and his decision to disobey the medical recommendation to do a cover of The WeakerthansPlea From A Cat Named Virtute in the encore felt right. Yet the lack of instruments also gave him freedom previously out of reach to him. He was energetic, one could even say spastic and he still sounded great; yet I couldn’t help but think that the amount of jumping he was doing would do just as much damage to his back as playing the guitar. Then again, I’m no doctor.

I am, however, a fan of a good live show and that Frank Turner delivered. The addition of The Sleeping Souls built a stronger sonic landscape to work with, making songs like I Still Believe, The Road, I Knew Prufrock Before He Was Famous, Plain Sailing Weather and Glory Hallelujah much heavier and, dare I say, rockier than he could’ve done himself.

It  helped buid up the rousing sing-along bridge of Wessex Boy, a portion made even bigger as Turner stopped the song to teach everyone the words of the song in hopes of creating a spontaneous burst of inspired sing alongs. It was a noble thought and the exact type of speech that a band needs to give to get people to cheer along. Turner just needs to be careful and keep switching it up before the speeches become too obvious.

Because while it was great seeing a simple piano/vocal rendition of Wherefore Art Thou Gene Simmons? I didn’t need to hear the story behind the song for the third time. Yes, we know bands tell the same stories every night, but you hope they switch it up when they come back to the same town to at least keep it seemingly fresh. Yet, the exact opposite could be said for Photosynthesis, where the crowd intuitively sat on the ground to jump and go crazy at the right part of the song. This foresight by the crowd was humuorous and fun, enabling you to ignore the fact that it’s obviously not a new trick.

Still, as the final chords rang out on Four Simple Words, we left the Commodore and all agreed “man, that was one damn good set.”


Video: Frank Turner – Live XFM Session

Frank Turner XFMUK folk punk favourite Frank Turner played an intimate show in London at the end of September in support of the charity War Child UK, sponsored by XFM.  

For the set he performed three songs – Losing Days, The Way I Tend To Be and Recovery – along with a short interview are available for viewing up on XFM’s website now.



Frank Turner – Kiera (Tony Sly)

Tony SlyFat Wreck Chords have released another new song from the highly anticipated Tony Sly tribute compilation. The 26-track album features bands such as Bad Religion, NOFX, Rise Against, Yellowcard, Simple Plan, The Bouncing Souls and more covering No Use For A Name and Tony Sly songs.  

For his part, English troubadour Frank Turner covered Kiera, originally from Sly‘s 2010 solo album, 12 Song Program. His version can be heard below.

 ‘The Songs Of Tony Sly: A Tribute‘ will be available on October 29th.

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Tour: Larry And His Flask (UK & Europe)

LarryFlaskFresh from supporting Frank Turner on his most recent US tour, Oregan’s barnstorming folk punks Larry and his Flask are heading to the UK and Europe for a series of shows this December. The band are supporting their sophomore full length release, By The Lamplight which was released earlier this year via Xtra Mile Recordings.

Full dates below:

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Live Concert Review

Gaslight Anthem, Murder By Death, Loved Ones, Frank Turner

Live (Sept. 26th, 2009)

Edmonton Event Centre- Edmonton, Alberta




It may not have been one of the biggest shows of the year, but with a lineup of Gaslight Anthem, Murder By Death, The Loved Ones and Frank Turner, Saturday’s show at the Edmonton Event Centre was easily one of the most anticipated shows of the year for the energetic crowd in attendance.

English acoustic folk/punk singer Frank Turner kicked off the evening with a selection of songs from his steadily crowing catalogue. Focusing mainly on tracks from Love Ire and Song and The Poetry of the DeedTurner pulled out his acoustic guitar and started with I Know Prufrock Before He Was Famousand hit on tracks like Try This At Home, The Road,Long Live the QueenDan’s Song and The Ballad of Me and My Friends. While only a few dozen people there knew the words, Turner‘s performance easily captured the crowd’s attention thanks to his powerful lyrics and strong vocals and by the time he played Photosynthesis he was able to teach the whole crowd the chorus to help sing along. By the steady line of people at his merch table afterward, it was clear that he had converted quite a few new fans and will have more people singing along when he comes back next year if the rumours that he’ll be doing another North American tour in early 2010 are true.

After a speedy set change – after all, all of their stuff was already ready on stage – Philly’s The Loved Ones hit the stage and from the opening beat of Sickening it was clear they hadn’t garnered any rust in their year off from the road. Front man Dave Hause was energetic and comical, throwing some Billie Joe Armstrong-like moves and dragging the microphone all around the stage (including right up to the barrier in front of the crowd for their rousing closer of Louisiana).

The band rarely took a moment’s rest as they pushed through The Bridge, The Inquirer, Pretty Good Year, Distracted, Jane, 100k, Living Well (Gets You Dead) and more; and in a scene reminiscent of their video for Jane, Hause even confiscated someone’s cell phone for texting during their set saying “you’re in rock class now, no phones allowed!”. While the highlight was Hause’s constant energy on stage, the guest appearance from Murder By Death‘s cellist Sarah Balliet on one track was a nice little addition.

Indiana’s Murder By Death were next and like they were six months ago, they seemed a little out of place in the giant mall. They still put on a solid set which included tracks like Sometimes The Line Walks You, Shiola, Brother, Ball and Chain, and 52 Ford. Adam Turla’s vocals, low and gravelly like always, sounded great and for some reason, the drumming really seemed to stand out more than ever before; but it was still Balliet’s stage presence that stole the show as she ebbed and flowed with the music. Sadly, Murder By Death were unable to fully follow the intensity and excitement of The Loved Ones, mix that with the anticipation to see Gaslight Anthem and Murder by Death easily became an after thought of the evening.

And as for Gaslight Anthem? Well, they were the main dish of the evening and were enjoying every minute of it. Brian Fallon was light hearted and in an extremely jubilant mood as he joked around and mocked the crowd much more than the last time they were here. It was a side not shown in their music but helped make their set more personal and intimate as Fallon sounded more akin to someone goofing around with friends than addressing a packed venue full of fans.

Playing every single song on their highly successful 59 Sound album except for Meet Me By The River’s Edge, the band kept it fresh by adding extended intros and outros to the songs and changing the lyrics around occasionally. Nothing was more surprising than the splicing of The Hold Steady‘s You Can Make Him Like You‘s chorus right smack in the middle of Old White Lincoln and while many people had no idea what was going on, anyone who saw The Hold Steady the Monday prior couldn’t help but smile and sing along with Fallon.

Throwing in a few older cuts like 1930I’da Call You Woody Joe, We Came To Dance, Angry Johnny and the Radio, Blue Jeans and White T-shirts and Senor and the Queen, the New Jersey quartet showed exactly why it is that they’re zooming up in popularity.

Live Concert Review

Frank Turner

Live (April 23rd, 2012)

The Venue - Vancouver, BC




The Venue is normally a venue I avoid. To be fair, I’ve never been there before last night – but walking down Granville Street on a Saturday night, I look at the line-up on people waiting to get inside and turn the other way. To me it looks like a “hipster” night club where people try way too hard to look cool and I’ll know I’ll never feel comfortable going there with its usual crowd.

But when the crowd is my crowd, I guess it can be alright. Or so it was last night as England’s folk-punk troubadour Frank Turner graced the stage for a soulful show of acoustic folk ditties.

Walking onto the stage without his backing band The Sleeping Souls, Turner went unscripted and jumped around through his ever growing catalogue. Asking for requests from the crowd, he played what people asked for; even hitting songs he hadn’t played for a while like Saint Christopher Is Coming Home andWorse Things Happen At Sea. He wasn’t afraid to mess up if he was out of practice for a song – and just battled through, like he did with the cover of The Band later in the evening.

In return for playing the songs requested by the crowd, he said he must also play some new songs that he’s been working on. He warned that the songs would be few and far between,  saying he knows it sucks when bands come to town and play only new songs that no one knows. Generally, this may be true, but like so many things, Frank Turner was the exception to the rule. Unearthing a handful of new tracks – Time Machine, Tattoos and Good To Gone for example – these songs were, in some ways, the highlight of the evening. Sure, you couldn’t sing along with him like everyone did on The Road, I Still Believe, Long Live The Queen or Try This At Home, but there was something intangibly great about hearing these new songs. It excites me for his new album – just google Wherefore Art Thou Gene Simmons? and try not to get chills.

With Wessex Boy, Peggy Sang The Blues, I Am Disappeared and many more, Turner played for close to two hours. Eschewing the pretence of an encore, he just stepped into the shadows and waited for a few seconds before returning for a cover of Bob Dylan’s Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right where he was accompanied by Ben Rogers on harmonica and the aforementioned Band cover. He ended the evening with Photosynthesis – encouraging an ear shattering sing along that capped the night off perfectly. The only thing that would’ve made it better was if they had The Ballad of Me and My Friends, but hey – you can’t be too picky


Frank Turner Releases Track List For ‘Losing Days’ EP

Frank TurnerFrank Turner has released the track list for his upcoming EP, Losing Days. It will feature 4 songs, currently has no release date and (we assume) will be released via Xtra Mile Recordings.

Track list below.

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NPR World Cafe to Re-Broadcast Frank Turner’s Session

Frank TurnerBack on July 11th Frank Turner performed a 4 song set and interview with NPR’s World Cafe. For those fans who may have missed it, the good folks at NPR are planning to re-broadcast the session on August 29th for both US and worldwide audiences.

The set list is as follows:

“Losing Days”
“Peggy Sang the Blues”
“Wherefore Art Thou Gene Simmons?”

Times and links for the re-broadcast as below:

US fans click here to find your local station and broadcast time:

Worldwide fans can listen here at 2pm EST/7pm

Louise Distras Announces Album / Tour

LouiseLouise Distras, the UK’s latest punk rock queen may invite comparisons to female punk contemporaries like Brode Dalle and Courtney Love, but in reality her music shares more with folk singer Billy Bragg and folk punk Frank Turner. Her debut album Dreams From The Factory Floor is due out on 30th September via Street Revolution Records.

She is the current darling of the UK music press, being described as  ‘the 21st Century Joe Strummer who personifies punk rock spirit, free-thinking and the renegade soul’. High praise indeed, and it remains to be seen whether she will live up to the hype.

You can check out her video for The Hand You Hold here.  Tour dates with the Street Dogs are below.

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Video: Frank Turner – Losing Days

Frank TurnerUK folk punk troubadour Frank Turner has debuted a his official music video for the song “Losing Days”.  The song appears on his fifth studio album, Tape Deck Heart, released back in April this year via Interscope. The album was produced and mixed by Rich Costey (Muse, Weezer, Radiohead) and is a follow up to 2011’s England Keep My Bones.  

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Frank Turner – BBC Live Lounge

Frank TurnerFrank Turner took time out of his North American tour schedule to return to the UK in order to play a Live Lounge session with the BBC’s Sara Cox. Frank, along with the Sleeping Souls played The Way I Tend To Be, from 2013’s Tape Deck Heart along with a cover of the Foo Fighters’ All My Life. 

The videos can be seen below while the tour dates can be seen here.

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Tours: Frank Turner (North America)

Frank TurnerEngland’s folk-punk troubadour Frank Turner has revealed plans to head overseas for a North American tour in support of his major label debut, Tape Deck Heart.

The tour month tour will feature support from Australia’s The Smith Street Band as well as Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Koo Koo Kangaroo.

The winter tour dates are below.

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Tour: Off With Their Heads

Despite just finishing a tour with Alkaline Trio, Minneapolis punks Off With Their Heads are heading straight back on the Off With Their Headsroad in support of Home, the bands second full length. The album was released back in March on Epitaph Records and this tour has them mixing headline shows with support slots for English acoustic-punk favourite, Frank Turner.

Full tour dates below:

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Frank Turner Live BBC Radio Session

Frank TurnerEnglish punk troubadour Frank Turner joined BBC Radio’s Jo Wiley last night for a chat and a live performance of the way I tend to be and a cover of live and let die. The session is available for streaming* now on Wiley’s show page

Frank Turner’s album Tape Deck Heart is out now via Xtra Mile Recordings.

*Only available for 4 weeks

Videos: Frank Turner – The Way I Tend To Be

Frank TurnerUK folk punk troubadour Frank Turner has debuted a brand new video from his upcoming new album.  The video features the song  is titled “The Way I Tend To Be” appears on his fifth studio album, Tape Deck Heart, released back in April via Interscope. The album was produced and mixed by Rich Costey (Muse, Weezer, Radiohead) and is a follow up to 2011’s England Keep My Bones.  

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Video: Frank Turner – Losing Days

Frank TurnerUK folk punk troubadour Frank Turner has debuted a brand new video from his upcoming new album.  The video features the song  is titled “Losing Days” and will appear on hi his fifth studio album, Tape Deck Heart, due out on April 22nd this year via Interscope. The album was produced and mixed by Rich Costey (Muse, Weezer, Radiohead) and is a follow up to 2011’s England Keep My Bones.  

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Video: Frank Turner – Plain Sailing Weather

Frank TurnerUK folk punk troubadour Frank Turner has debuted a brand new video from his upcoming new album.  The video features the song  is titled “Plain Sailing Weather” and will appear on hi his fifth studio album, Tape Deck Heart, due out on April 22nd this year via Interscope. The album was produced and mixed by Rich Costey (Muse, Weezer, Radiohead) and is a follow up to 2011’s ‘England Keep My Bones’.  

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Frank Turner – Recovery

Frank TurnerUK folk punk troubadour Frank Turner has debuted a brand new song from his upcoming new album.  The song is titled “Recovery” and will appear on hi his fifth studio album, Tape Deck Heart, due out on April 22nd this year via Interscope. The album was produced and mixed by Rich Costey (Muse, Weezer, Radiohead) and is a follow up to 2011’s ‘England Keep My Bones’.  

Give the song a listen here (region restricted).

Frank Turner - Poetry of the Deed

Frank Turner

Poetry of the Deed

Epitaph Records

Rating: 4/5




In an interview with Alternative Press, Frank Turner said that he wanted to start off his new album, Poetry of the Deed, differently than ever before to show that the record is coming from a different musical direction; and when you hear the opening high-hate and piano combination you hear that difference.

The difference is evident throughout nearly the entire record as for the first time ever, Turner brought his entire band into the studio with him to record the album. This has its benefits and its detriments – and it definitely takes some getting used to – but the more you listen to it, the more comfortable it seems.

At it’s core, Poetry of the Deed is a fantastic acoustic folk-punk album. Turner‘s vocals are perfect as there’s an undeniable charm to his delivery and sincerity; and while there’s no real unique quality that makes them stand out there is something there that keeps you coming back for more again and again. Basically, Turner sounds like a modern version of Billy Bragg but instead of taking a more political stance,Turner sings about universal and easily relatable topics, often times with a punk rock and free spirited attitude.

Take Try This At Home, a powerful acoustic number encouraging everyone out there to pick up a guitar and try it themselves because “there’s no such thing as rock stars, there’s just people who play music and some of them are just like us and some of them are dicks.” Dan’s Song is the perfect summer song about hanging out with friends and drinking beers; in fact, that seems to be a central theme to the album: going out and having fun with friends. The Road, Poetry of the Deed, Live Fast Die Old and Sunday Nights all tell tales of going out, making adventures and just making the most out of every opportunity. After all, it’s like he says in Journey of the Magi, “I could’ve played safe, but in the end, the journey’s brought joys that outweigh the pain.”

Despite my praise for the record, Poetry of the Deed isn’t full proof and there are some tracks that really seem to fall short in the mix. As I mentioned earlier, this is the first time Turner has used a full band on the recording, a fact that comes with its ups and downs. Throughout it all, it always ends up being the most bare bone tracks that make the album so compelling. They are often the songs with a quicker pace and a stronger focus on Turner‘s vocals and guitar, like The Road, Dan’s Song and Try This At Home. The title track sounds strong with a full band as does the Celtic influenced, almost Flogging Molly-likeSons of Liberty but they do have a slightly overly polished pop-seen to them that is occasional distracting. There are some tracks though that, sadly, just fall into the background. Isabel, The Fastest Way Back Home,Our Lady Of The Campfire and Journey of the Magi (despite its great lyrics) are all oddly forgettable and don’t grab the listener nearly as much. All of them normally have one section that pops but as a whole fall short.

With such high expectations attached to it after it’s successful predecessor – Love Ire and Song – the Poetry of the Deed is slightly disappointing. It starts off strong and ends a bit weaker than one would hope; but there are some songs on here that are instant classics. It’s a record that takes some growing time and I imagine that the more I listen to it, the more I’ll enjoy it.

Frank Turner - Love Ire and Song

Frank Turner

Love Ire and Song

Epitaph Records

Rating: 3.5/5




On The Ballad of Me & My Friends (a live bonus song added to the North American version of this release), Frank Turner says “The musicians who lack the friends to form a band are singer-songwriters.” It’s an odd line that sticks out in your mind as it passes by. Maybe it’s the way it just rolls off his tongue without a second thought or maybe it’s the odd connotation behind it. Either way, the fact of the matter is that singer-songwriters are always making waves in the music industry; and it doesn’t matter what their reasoning was for them to go solo as opposed to a full band.

However, when you are going the singer-songwriter route, you have to have the right skill to really make it. You’re going out there by yourself and need to be able to stand 100% behind your music as you take all the blame and all the glory. It takes a certain charismatic touch for someone to put themselves out there like that and if they have that touch, it normally transfers well into their music. It makes the music relatable to everyone. Sometimes they do it by empowering listeners to stand up and fight through powerfully political protest songs while other times they bring it down and pull the listener in by singing to them and, in certain ways, about them.

In my opinion, it is the latter element which makes Frank Turner a good singer-songwriter as he’s able to effortlessly pull you in while calling himself out at the same time. The songs on Love Ire & Song are autobiographical and direct yet somehow able to transfer from one person to another with ease. So despite the fact that he may be talking about a specific situation, he tells the story in such a way that it becomes unifying and inclusive to anyone in ear shot.

On PhotosynthesisTurner questions the status quo and “American dream” (or the British equivalent I suppose) as he says “But no one’s yet explained exactly what’s so great about slaving 50 years away on something that you hate, about meekly shuffling down the path of mediocrity.” On Reasons Not To Be Idiot, he encourages everyone to break through and escape their shell and leave their comfort zone because everyone – including himself – has insecurities. I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous points out the important facets of life (Life is about love,last minutes and lost evenings. About fire in our bellies and furtive little feelings) while the title track features some of the best lyrics on the album that has Turner asking what the hell is wrong with the world.

These are songs that really jump at you. Turner‘s voice is strong and confident, and the music backs it up. Songs like Thatcher Fucked The Kids and Long Live The Queen (a track about the death of a friend) urge you to replay them again and again and it is those songs that really make Love Ire & Song so memorable.

Unfortunately though, Love Ire & Song isn’t all perfect and where it falters, it falters hard. When Turner slows it down, he often slows it down way too much and the record screeches to a halt. Songs likeBetter Half, A Love Worth Keeping and Jet Lag pull the record back a step. On those, Turner isn’t able to captivate the listener’s attention and pull them in. They’re too slow and mellow with vocals that drag instead of jump and the songs suffer because of them.

Still Frank Turner is doing something right and it comes through on Love Ire & Songs. Certain tracks are a little bland and forgettable but others make up for them tenfold. Acoustic folk with a punk rock edge and occasionally traditional twang and lyrics with lyrics that really captivate you makes Frank Turner a talented singer-songwriter.


Frank Turner - England Keep My Bones

Frank Turner

England Keep Your Bones

Epitaph Records

Rating: 5/5




On a sweltering July afternoon, Frank Turner sat on a chair in front of me, his head in his hands. Sweating profusely, he told me of his encounters with strong Canadian beer the evening before. He looked to be two small steps from the grave. When his turn came round the songwriter’s circle, he stood tall, slung his guitar behind his back and delivered a haunting a cappella English folk song. The crowd was speechless as they soaked in the beautiful moment that they had just experienced. One year later, I smile as I hear his recorded version of English Curse. While it is not as powerful as it was that afternoon, it still emphasizes Frank Turner’s wonderful voice and songwriting skills.

From start to finish, Turner’s fourth album is an instantly likeable hit. Fans of his acoustic sing along songs still have a few classic style songs to look forward to (I Still Believe, If Ever I Stray), while he experiments with his sound in others. The introduction to album opener Eulogy begins like the music from an old Disney movie, before launching into his defiant proclamation. He follows this up with the classic rock sound of Peggy Sang the Blues, sitting somewhere between Fake Problems and the Band. The album closer is one of very few gospel songs I have ever heard that is preaching atheism. If I was pressed to find a weak spot on the album this would be it, but only because I feel like The Riot Before perfected this sentiment on Words Written Over Coffee, so this feels unnecessary.

Throughout the album, Turner wears his inspirations on his sleeve. Whether it is name dropping legendary story tellers like Ernest Hemingway and Johnny Cash or borrowing a lyric from Springsteen’s Born to Run, he gives listeners a blueprint for his loveable sound. It is no surprise that his “folk songs for the modern age” sound like a cross between Woodie Guthrie (One Foot Before the Other) and Undertones’ Teenage Kicks (I Still Believe), both of whom he also mentions.

The beauty of this album is that it blends the simple acoustic sound that fans fell in love with on songs like Photosynthesis, with full fledged musical compositions that utilize his band to the fullest. ­­On songs likeRedemption and the Ben Folds like piano pop of I Am Disappeared, he breaks out from the acoustic singer/songwriter box with full force. While I originally fell in love with his simple acoustic sounds, I can’t help but feel like his previous albums sound like they were leading up to this fully realized sound.

This is by far Frank Turner’s best collection of songs, although the change may upset some fans. Much like those who cannot appreciate Against Me! during both their Vivida Vis and White Crosses eras, there will be those who do not appreciate his experimentation here. I feel bad for those people. I can’t even decide on one single favorite song. The first half of 2011 has contained many strong releases, but I have a feeling that come December, this album will be sitting near the top of my favorites from the year.

Frank Turner To Release New Album

Frank TurnerUK folk punk troubadour Frank Turner will be releasing his fifth studio album, Tape Deck Heart, on April 22nd this year. The album was produced and mixed by Rich Costey (Muse, Weezer, Radiohead) and is a follow up to 2011’s ‘England Keep My Bones’.  Turner gave this statement about the release:

“So, friends, the time is finally upon us! My new record is called ‘Tape Deck Heart’. There will be two versions – the normal record, and then a special edition with special packaging and an extra six songs. I’m pleased as punch with it. Some of you will know some of the songs from us playing them live, but there’s a whole bunch of new stuff on there as well. I hope you like it!”

The tracklisting for Tape Deck Heart is below.

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