For the opening night of his latest UK tour Frank Turner packed out Leas Cliff Hall for his first gig in Folkestone. Playing a solo tour, with no Sleeping Souls for the "first time in years", Frank brought only a few guitars but some very special guests to enhance the evening. Playing gig number two-thousand-four-hundred-and-sixty-two, Turner was still as intense and as impassioned as ever as he commanded the stage.
Joining Frank as support was Two Cow Garage's Micah Schnabel. He was on good form, engaging in plenty of interaction with the gathering audience. He repeatedly wished that he could Facetime his Dad to show him where he was and what he was doing; "I don't normally get to play to this many people" he commented. Micah played out some provocative tracks including 'Remain Silent' and 'Your New Norman Rockwell' as well as thought-provoking tracks 'Emergency Room' and 'The Interview', a song he had written after Googling tips on how to overcome writers' block. Dressed in a jaunty flat cap, black jacket, black jeans, wearing diamante studded black rimmed glasses and playing a guitar with 'Art Or Die' painted on the side, it was possibly his band's track, 'Let The Boys Be Girls', that was the highlight of his set. The more obvious song with a more immediate arrangement connected with a crowd largely unfamiliar with his work.
Micah was the filler in a Turner family sandwich. Ahead of him there had been a rather special performance by the self-confessed "lucky b***h" Jessica Guise, aka Mrs Frank Turner. The Former EastEnders actress, who wed Frank Turner last year, took to the stage of Leas Cliff Hall to get the night off to a great start. Jess, also playing solo without her band Guise, was probably wishing for slightly better timing. Jess had just learnt that she had become an aunt as her sister had given birth to a daughter, Amelia, prior to her taking the stage. Positively, it possibly fuelled her adrenalin still further.
Frank Turner has been to Dover many times before, he's even "got pi**ed in the pub next to the (Dover Priory) train station", but he's never played for an audience here. For gig 2,128, Frank took up the invite to come down and, for only his second gig of the year, well and truly raised the roof on one of the smaller venues he's likely to play. In the former Harbour Station Booking Hall, that's also doubled as a WWII morgue, Frank played his heart out to a very appreciative, capacity crowd of 280.
Frank's locally based touring buddy, Will Varley, made the journey to "the easiest gig I've ever had to get to" to play a brilliant supporting act ahead of FT. Both men were solo throughout each of their sets, aside from a minor duet to close out Frank's last track of the night.
Varley, who's new album 'Spirit Of Minnie' is due out in February, passed on the chance to showcase much of his new work and went for a much-loved, crowd-pleasing, all-request style performance of his greatest hits. Apart from 'Statues', a relatively new release, Will casually took us through some of his impressive back catalogue. Having got the evening off to a great start with 'As For My Soul' he didn't look back through 'Seize The Night', 'Advert Soundtracks', a sing-a-long with 'We Don't Believe You' and the ever essential, 'King For A King'. Varley gave us "A history of the world" with 'Weddings And Wars' and dug deep into his memory bank for the not often played classic, 'Blood And Bone' (complete with pause to crowd surf himself a Jameson's from the very noisy bar). Will capped it all off with his tongue-in-cheek humour, giving us a lyrically adjusted (to take into account of the current Tory government) 'I Got An E-Mail'.
Continue reading: Frank Turner - The Booking Hall, Dover 19.01.2018 Live Review
2017 marks ten years since the release of Frank Turner's debut solo album 'Sleep Is For The Week'. A timely point then to look back and assess the work of one of our most prolific singer-songwriters as he himself has decided to do with his latest collection entitled 'Songbook'. Over the course of twenty-nine songs, including ten re-worked versions, Frank has assembled a 'very best of' that really does emphasise his artistry and talent as both a songwriter and performer.
Having released six albums and five EPs, played over two thousand gigs, sold over one million records and, perfectly aligned in the middle of it all a game changing Olympics performance, Frank has been quite the busy boy. Rather reassuringly, his work rate and work ethic sit perfectly with his ever-growing catalogue of notable songs. Each is real and dependable not flighty, fickle or flaky and the drive, determination and ethos of the man pours out passionately with each eloquent delivery.
'Songbook' starts with possibly Frank's best loved and most accomplished song to date, 'Four Simple Words'. From the opening playful piano and softly strummed jangle of acoustic guitar through to the machine gun drum roll and impassioned vocal, Frank delivers a fuel injected call to arms. The song could act as a manifesto of Frank's, "Yeah, Is anybody else sick of the music that's churned out by lack lacklustre scenesters from Shoreditch", "I want bands who had to work for their keep. Drove a thousand miles and played a show on no sleep. Sleeping on a floor at a strangers place. Hungry just to do it all again the next day."
Continue reading: Frank Turner - Songbook Album Review
Frank Turner has revealed his new album 'Songbook' is predominately made up of old hits he's re-worked.
Frank Turner's new album will include re-worked version of some of his old songs.
The 35-year-old singer-songwriter will drop his forthcoming LP 'Songbook' on November 24 and, although he wants to build the suspense for his fans over the next few weeks, he's teased that it will be predominately made up of his old hits.
Speaking about the release on Facebook, he said: ''I'm very excited to share with you all the news of my forthcoming album 'Songbook'.
Continue reading: Frank Turner's New Album Will Include Re-worked Hits
Frank Turner performs live at Usher Hall as part of his UK Tour - Edinburgh, United Kingdom - Saturday 3rd December 2016
Since the release of his first record, Frank Turner's fans have remained incredibly loyal to the musician and when people go see Frank perform live, they can't help be taken in by his genuine passion which is so easy to see when he plays.
Now we are all given the chance to get to know the man behind the music. 'Get Better' is a documentary by Ben Morse which explores the incredibly busy months following the release of Turner's sixth solo album 'Positive Songs for Negative People', and the extensive live shows with his band The Sleeping Souls. Exploring the singer-songwriter's day-to-day life from tattoo parlours to recording studios, family life to stage activity, 'Get Better' sees Frank Turner take a break from all the professional chaos to reflect on his passion for being on the road.
The film is named after his new single 'Get Better', a song which he originally recorded for a 2015 music video but will release officially on December 12th 2016. He's also back on the road for his 24-date UK tour with Esmé Patterson and Felix Hagan & The Family, leading up to his 2000th live show.
Frank Turner - Frank Turner prior to his concert promoting Guide Dog UK with some of the dogs at O2 Academy - Birmingham, United Kingdom - Wednesday 18th November 2015
The US rapper has topped the charts across the pond for the first time with his latest release.
Dr Dre’s comeback album Compton has topped this week’s album chart, giving the US rapper his first ever UK number one. The album, inspired by the upcoming NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton is Dre’s first release in 16 years following 1999’s 2001.
Dr Dre is on top of the UK albums chart with Compton.
The album features collaborations with artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Xzibit, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg and Eminem. Previously Dre’s highest charting album in the UK had been his last release 2001, which took the number four spot in 1999. His debut album, The Chronic peaked at number 43 in 1994.
Continue reading: Dr Dre Scores First UK Number One Album With 'Compton'
The singer has also announced US tour dates.
Frank Turner is set to return with a brand new studio album later this summer, enticingly entitled 'Positive Songs For Negative People'. Plus, you can catch the London singer on tour in the States this Fall, with 31 tour dates newly announced.
Frank Turner to release 'Positive Songs For Negative People'
After the success of 2013's 'Tape Deck Heart', which reached number two in the UK album chart, Frank Turner will be embracing his folky-punk aesthetic yet again on 'Positive Songs For Negative People'. His sixth studio album, Turner recorded the collection over a period of nine days in a studio in Nashville with the legendary Butch Walker.
Frank Turner values his loyal fan base. For that he must be applauded. 'The Third Three Years', as the title suggests, is the third such release mopping up demos, covers and unreleased material. By its very nature this compilation is aimed squarely at those that are already on the Turner bandwagon, predominantly those who haven't explored any further than his studio albums. If this is to be Frank's very own 'Bootleg Series', then the period before and after last year's record 'Tape Deck Heart' seems slightly less fruitful than the material presented on the previous two compilations. In honesty, I think it's more a reflection of the tracklisting itself than the additional material he's produced in the last 36 months, there just seem to be some obvious omissions here.
That there is a distinct focus on acoustic material isn't a problem. It highlights Turner's interest in traditional folk and the strength of his song writing on the stripped down versions of his own songs. However, it is a shame the absence of his band 'The Sleeping Souls' means there's little of the electricity of his recent full band shows and 'Tape Deck Heart' on show here. Perhaps, then, it's best to think of this as a scrapbook rather than a comprehensive representation of Turner's talents.
It's not that 'The Third Three Years' isn't worth your time, it is. However, last time Turner compiled his material in this way we were treated to the bonus 'deluxe edition' tracks from 'England Keep My Bones'. Unfortunately, the equivalent material from 'Tape Deck Heart' is notable by its absence. Equally, 'The Polaroid Picture EP' only gets one entry here, despite containing a number of covers more worthy of inclusion than the likes of Noel Coward's 'The Bad Times Are Just Around The Corner' or the carbon copy of Queen's 'Somebody To Love'. Although the covers are invariably the weakest part of this compilation, they're not all forgettable. Tom Petty's 'American Girl' which is previously unreleased is heartbreaking, and the piano balladry of Cory Branan's 'The Corner' is haunting.
Continue reading: Frank Turner - The Third Three Years Album Review
Catching up with Frank Turner is a bit like trying to chase a whirlwind. Packing in two live shows at Live At Leeds as well as a DJ set, he throws himself headfirst into everything he does with an aggressive passion, yet still manages to cultivate a 'friendly guy' image amongst his fans and in the industry. Though aside from being a modest and articulate fellow with a penchant for creative swearing, Frank is bluntly honest, philosophical and startlingly intelligent with plans to start work on his follow up to the acclaimed 'Tape Deck Heart' and sock it to sixteen year old naysayers.
Contactmusic: Hello Frank, how're you doing today?
Frank Turner: I'm alright, just having a bit of an 'arghhh' hectic day. I was DJing in Northampton last night and travelled up today. I'm DJing in Leeds tonight at Propaganda which is actually the reason I'm here. I really don't consider myself to be a DJ but they seem very keen on paying me lots of money to come and play songs that I like off a laptop for an hour. But I do get really into it; I have a bit of a dance, I sing along.
The Live At Leeds people noticed that I was going to be here today and said, 'Do you wanna play a gig as well?' so I said 'Yes, very much so' because, actually, I'm a musician and I like playing music so that's fine.
Continue reading: Frank Turner - Interview at Live At Leeds 2014
A week in music videos... Kanye West has been doing a lot of promotion for his edgy, rock-infused track 'Black Skinhead' (or 'BLKKK SKKKN HEAD' as it's otherwise known'), the lead single from his US and UK number one album 'Yeezus', so his anger when the unfinished video directed by Nick Knight was leaked earlier in July was unsurprising. He described the unauthorised distribution as 'heartbreaking' and no wonder; a video as unique as this was definitely worthy of a grand entrance but, nonetheless, the spoiler has definitely not affected the viewing experience.Watch the video for BLKKK SKKKN HEAD here.
French house star Kavinsky has already become a hit in his home nation with his debut album 'OutRun', released earlier this year, reaching number 2 in the charts and he's certainly turning heads overseas too. Teaming up with Canadian producer The Weeknd on one of his newest singles, Kavinsky delivers a driving dance beat with 'Odd Look' - the single from his new EP of the same name. The track also features on his album as a collaboration with fellow electronic musician SebastiAn. Listen to Odd Look here.
Date of birth
28th December, 1981