Members: Frank Turner (Vocals, Guitar) Ben Lloyd (Guitar) Tarrant Anderson (Bass) Matt Nasir (Piano, Organ, Guitar, Mandolin) Nigel Powell (Drums)
In 2004, fresh off the acrimonious break up of hardcore punk band Million Dead , for which Frank Turner was the frontman, Frank launched a DIY solo career that steered him down a very different and far more fruitful path. Once voted hardest working act by NME magazine, his dedication to his craft has brought him from asking one of the few attendees of his gigs if he could crash on their floor for the night to headlining Wembley Arena in England just last year. His rise was not a meteoric one, but instead set a steady pace starting with his breakthrough LP, Love Ire and Song. Apart from touring his home country of England and much of Western Europe, Frank has also been tirelessly touring the US and has garnered a very enthusiastic cult following there. His latest release, Tape Deck Heart, was the 13th most purchased album on itunes in the US on the day of its release.
Stylistically speaking, Frank's solo music (and his subsequent music billed with the Sleeping Souls) is a marked departure from the obscure Polish philosopher name dropping, politically aware, hardcore music he was making with Million Dead. Despite this, Frank has certainly kept an undercurrent of his punk rock roots throughout the folk/rock-ish music that he has since released. Throughout his early releases (Sleep Is For the Week, Love Ire and Song, Poetry of the Deed) it is clear that Frank is struggling to find a balance between his acoustically driven solo music and the full band sound for which he was searching. Frank has since settled into a perfect balance between the two with his latest two releases, England Keep My Bones and Tape Deck Heart. Whatever album of Frank's one listen's to, however, one will always find unabashed honesty and unquenchable passion.
Sleep Is For The Week (2007)
Love Ire & Song (2008)
Poetry of the Deed (2009)
England Keep My Bones (2011)
Tape Deck Heart (2013)
Suggested Listening: These are songs you will want to know for his live set so you can scream them back at him. Trust me.
Photosythesis (Love Ire and Song)
I Still Believe (England Keep My Bones). Video from Bonnaroo 2010.
Four Simple Words (Tape Deck Heart)
The Road (Poetry of the Deed)
Other than these, if you really want to know Frank back to front, listen to the whole discography. But, I'd say the essentials are Love Ire and Song, and his latest two, England Keep My Bones and Tape Deck Heart. For those who want to jump around and get a taste, these are what I believe to be the strongest cuts on each album that I haven't already showcased
Sleep is for the Week: Vital Signs, My Kingdom For a Horse, Worse Things Happen At Sea, Wisdom Teeth, The Ballad of Me and My Friends Love Ire and Song: I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous, Reasons Not To Be an Idiot, Love Ire and Song, Long Live the Queen, Jet Lag Poetry of the Deed: Try This at Home, Dan's Song, Poetry of the Deed, Sons of Liberty England Keep My Bones: Peggy Sang the Blues, I Am Disappeared, One Foot Before the Other, Wessex Boy, Redemption, Glory Hallelujah Tape Deck Heart: Recovery, Plain Sailing Weather, Good and Gone, Tell Tale Signs, The Fisher King Blues, Broken Piano
Live Show: Basically speaking, Frank comes out and kicks your ass. His shows are high energy and full of passion. It is not possible to simply stand there and take it in. You will find yourself moving around and screaming all the words that you know. Bonnaroo 2013 will be Frank's 1,395th show by his count (no, really). The man knows what he's doing. I saw him at Bonnaroo 2010 and thought he won the weekend.
This is a short (15 min) documentary providing a retrospective look at Frank's career.
This is a review of his latest album, Tape Deck Heart, that I think also provides an accurate picture of its place within his discography as a whole. Useful for context when listening!
Personal Notes: This is my favorite artist of all time. I bought my tickets to Bonnaroo knowing that I would miss anyone else just to see Frank Turner. When I came to Bonnaroo in 2010, I was familiar with him and liked his music but hadn't really gotten all the way into it. After seeing his show that night, I was completely sold. If you even kind of like his music, come see his set. He will blow you away. Promise.
Frank Turner is without question my favorite artist I discovered when researching the bonnaroo lineup. I immediately got 2 of his albums. He has a song for every situation and anything I'm feeling. Even better, despite having heavy content, they are upbeat and help me associate a level of happiness and energy to a situation. He is a can't miss for me!
I reallllly want to see Frank, but nothing is pulling me away from Tallest Man.
They overlap with Gov't Mule too but I'm leaning towards Frank as he is sandwiched between Two Gallants and Drew Holcomb. May just sit tight and do the trifecta in That Tent. Damn I wanted to see Tallest Man too.
After seeing the lineup I told the people I'm going with that the only conceivable conflict I could have that would kill me to choose between was Frank and Tallest Man. Obviously, it had to happen. But I would leave Bonnaroo with the missed Frank Turner set in the back of my mind. It would ultimately bother me too much to skip it. Plus, I want to see Two Gallants anyway so it lines up well.
I've missed several opportunities to see Frank before and will not fuck it up this time. This time I'll fuck up and miss TTMoE, whom in the future I will see to miss someone else...and on and on and on... Really looking forward to this set
02/08 Tool 02/11 Jeff Mangum 02/17 of Montreal 02/29 Blind Pilot 03/31 The Naked & The Famous 05/14 M83 and I Break Horses 05/19 Flaming Lips, Young the Giant, Dawes and AWOLNATION 06/07 Bonnaroo 2012!!! 06/13 Roger Waters 07/28 Toadies
I left his show not even knowing what happened to me. It was the first time I ever experienced something and was left in awe. Absolutely incredible. If you ever have the chance to see him, you need to do it. Completely blown away. Best of the week for me! Definitely a life changing Bonnaroo moment
His show at Bonnaroo was amazing- I had fleeting thoughts of ditching Sunday at Bonnaroo to catch his Nashville show. If anyone who missed him is interested, or even those who saw him and want to see him again, he just released dates for a US/Canada tour here
Post by goldenchords on Sept 4, 2013 12:50:49 GMT -5
Be sure and check out the recent Guitar Center Sessions featuring Frank Turner. Direct Tv often abbreviates the show title to "GCS" on the channel guide. I usually catch it on channel 500. Anyways great interview and of course awesome live performances!
Didn't notice him much on the lineup (or perhaps I listened to him and skipped over him?). He doesn't seem like I'd like him as I generally don't like anything with really loud vocals, but a bunch of us caught Frank Turner while waiting on the rail for Jim James at NFF.. It was amazing. I'd support a return.