The film will come alongside a show broadcast live from London.
Frank Turner will be broadcasting his new documentary 'Get Better: A Film About Frank Turner' next week alongside a live performance from London's Leicester Square. The film is named after his single 'Get Better', which he first released as a music video last year.
Frank Turner unveils 'Get Better' documentary
The film follows Frank Turner's extensive touring schedule, from his passionate stage performances to his day-to-day life in between shows. He's gotten the chance to take a break from a busy few months and reflect on his career and his relationships with friends, family and his passion for getting inked. He talks about the addiction to touring; to the energy from the dedicated crowds and to the adrenaline of releasing your art on to the world. And he explains what he thinks about the media's perception of him.
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 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'
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.
With his star already in the ascendancy, last year's inspired Olympic call up by nearly-Sir Danny Boyle to spearhead the introduction of 'The Isles Of Wonder' has merely served as a supercharged catapult for Eton's own Frank Turner. Since the release of his breakthrough album, 'England Keep My Bones' in 2011, Turner has sold out Wembley Arena (Somewhat ironically supported by his surrogate father of impassioned and poetic punk-prone folk, Billy Bragg), stood atop 'Glastonbury Tor' belting out a stirring rendition of 'I Still Believe' and set up his own Hardcore sideline project Mongol Horde.
Having covered off England in his previous release, 'Tape Deck Heart' - his latest of five albums to date - is described more as a 'break-up' album, although references to particular English cornerstones of Frank's are still carefully woven through the tapestry of his newest songs.
From Battersea to Highgate and back to Shoreditch we traverse the capital as Frank pours his heart out and bares his soul for our musical pleasure.
Continue reading: Frank Turner - Tape Deck Heart Album Review
Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls embarks on the UK leg of his worldwide tour ahead of the release of his album 'Tape Deck Heart'.
Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls at Glasgow's O2 Academy
Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls took to Glasgow's O2 Academy for his second UK date out of six on his major world tour.
The folk guitarist grabbed the nation's attention when he performed at the Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics last summer and now he's spreading the music worldwide, landing in the UK this week and playing an amazing set in Glasgow on Thursday (April 18th 2013). It was the singer's second date in the UK on this tour where he was supported by the American bluegrass band Larry and His Flask and London folk artist George Frakes. Turner certainly didn't hold back at the prestigious venue, and seemed blissfully both unaware and uncaring of the whacky performance faces he was pulling. That's what we like - someone who's most comfortable when playing guitar in a 2,500 capacity venue.
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