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Frank Turner is a busy man, following the release of his sixth album Positive Songs For Negative People last August he put out a vinyl box set compilation (The First Ten Years) and next month has a full length vinyl re-issue planned for Record Store Day. Nestled in-between is the digital only EP Mittens, which will satisfy his fan base's voracious appetite for new material. It's also another example that no matter how prolific the 34 year-old is, he's still got a few gems up his sleeve for releases like this.
Of the five songs presented here, the key track is the bittersweet piano ballad 'Little Aphrodite'. It's a distant cousin to 'Mittens' itself as it chronicles the same relationship at a much earlier point in time. It's nostalgic, honest, and has moments of real romance. The same can't quite be said of 'Mittens' itself, where the full band treatment drowns the bittersweet tendency of the lyrics out. The single mix presented on this EP is definitely an improvement from the version found on the album as the call and response backing vocals that dominated the latter part of the song are way down in the mix here. It still packs a sonic punch, which I don't entirely understand because the point of the song seems to be a post-mortem of a relationship rather than being a defiant anthem.
Turner does put his skill at writing a rousing crowd-pleaser to good use here though, 'Least Of All Young Caroline' is a beautiful slice of kitchen sink drama, with a positive and re-assuring message that stays with you, no matter how bad it gets, it will get better. Turner's lyrics are made all the more moving as they're aimed at an adolescent, coupled with a Punk-Rock chorus, it sits alongside the best of Turner's work.
Continue reading: Frank Turner - Mittens EP Review
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'
Frank Turner has gushed about working with American rock star Butch Walker on his sixth solo LP and how he get on so much with him he'd wish they'd met before, because he is his ''spirit animal''.
The 'Get Better' hitmaker gushed about the American rock god and record producer who he worked with on his new LP 'Positive Songs for Negative People' and wishes he'd been friends with him ''a long time ago''.
Asked what it was like working with the 45-year-old rocker, Frank said: ''Amazing. He's my spirit animal. Part of me wishes we'd met a long time ago. He's a great producer, songwriter, all-round lovely chap. He really helped me and the Sleeping Souls get the vibe right on this album. He pulled the best performances out of us.''
Continue reading: Frank Turner: Butch Walker Is My Spirit Animal
Frank Turner has revealed he recorded his newest album as if he was making an album for the first time.
Frank Turner recorded his new album as if it was his debut.
The 33-year-old rocker wanted to capture the excitement of his first record on forthcoming sixth offering 'Positive Songs For Negative People' so recorded it ''as live'' with his band The Sleeping Souls in order to stay ''interesting''.
He said: ''The reason a lot of bands' debut albums are their best is because they are essentially playing their live set in the studio and it's been streamlined by the road.
Continue reading: Frank Turner: I Recorded My New Album As If It Was My First
British Singer/songwriter Frank Turner Spent Three Weeks Battling Severe Pain On Tour After Suffering Two Slipped Discs In His Back.
The musician made the revelation while discussing Dave Grohl's onstage injury during a Foo Fighters gig in Sweden on Friday (12Jun15), when the rocker broke his leg in a fall but later returned to the stage to finish the show.
During an interview with Britain's XFM radio station, Turner hails Grohl a hero and admits he suffered his own health scare on tour, saying, "I did three months world touring with two slipped discs, although I have to say it looked like breaking a leg was a little more dramatic. It looked extremely painful. So hats off to Mr. Grohl! When those kind of moments happen on stage adrenaline and the sheer tsunami of embarrassment that comes over you kind of carries you through to the end of the show, and then you go off stage and you cry into your tour manager's arms whilst they pump you full of painkillers!"
The Foo Fighters cancelled a number of shows following Grohl's injury, but they have yet to confirm whether they will go ahead with their upcoming gigs at London's Wembley Stadium and at Britain's Glastonbury Festival.
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.
The Libertines will headline the Reading and Leeds festivals this year, joining previously-announced acts Mumford & Sons and Metallica in topping the bill.
The Libertines will headline the Reading and Leeds festivals this year.
The 'Don't Look Back Into the Sun' hitmakers - who reunited to perform at the event in 2010 - have been unveiled as the final act to top the bill at the three-night, dual-site festival, which takes place over the weekend of August 28-30.
In an exclusive video message, Pete Doherty said: ''I've just woken up and I can't stop thinking about playing at Reading & Leeds.''
Continue reading: Libertines To Headline Reading And Leeds
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
Metallica have vowed to return to the UK ''very soon'' following their headline shows at Glastonbury and Sonisphere.
Metallica have vowed to return to the UK ''very soon''.
The heavy metal rockers closed the Sonisphere festival at Knebworth House, Hertfordshire, East England last night (06.07.14) and enjoyed that performance, and their headline slot at Glastonbury last week, so much, they are already planning more British gigs.
Drummer Lars Ulrich said on stage: ''Between last weekend and this one, we always love being back on your shores and we will be back again very soon.''
Continue reading: Metallica Promise To Return To The UK
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
Date of birth
28th December, 1981
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Bit of @anidifranco on the radio now. Marrow - a perfect song.
Now playing @smithstband - apologies, won't get to everything this hour!
@tomjwoodbury @BBC6Music hahaha
Now playing @larrysflask - one of my favourite bands.
Hey @JasonIsbell I'm playing you on the radio. Beers on you in Cincinnati right?