In my humble opinion, Frank Turner is one of the most compelling rock songwriters on the planet. He’s been creating compelling, meaningful rock ‘n roll for the past decade. Today, he released a new single/video that asks, “What is great about America?” Continue reading →
Last week we revealed our 2015 Songs of the Year, and this week we go a little bigger, with the 2015 Rock Albums of the Year. The music industry is changing and great albums are simply becoming more difficult to discover. But, thanks to a nice year of Indie Rock contributions, I came up with a good list of albums that I feel defined the year. Take a look and see if you agree.
During his fantastically compelling solo career, Frank Turner has continually morphed his style and raised expectations from fans and critics alike. It’s reached the point that it’s virtually impossible for him to satisfy those drinking in his music. And, although it’s a shitty, unfair thing to do, I hold Turner to a higher standard than I do most other musicians.
…I have a man crush on Frank Turner. My father would never understand it, but it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Turner is a gifted and entertaining musician who has evolved into one of my favorite artists gracing today’s rock music landscape.
He’s still a spry 33, but the tattoo-sheathed rocker has already led two distinct careers. He has nimbly transformed from the edgy front man of aggressive punk rockers Million Dead to the intelligent, witty singer song-writer who penned the 2013 Album of The Year, Tape Deck Heart. As I offered on the Tape Deck Heart review: “he’s the perfect melding of the strumming folk troubadour and the fervid punk rocker.”
Before we get to the big Frank Turner news, check out a few of our earlier links:
Yeah, don’t give me any crap, I confessed it earlier in this article… mancrush…
So, why the deep dark confession? Well, Turner just announced the release date for his new album, Positive Songs For Negative People on Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor UK/Interscope. The album was produced by the tremendously talented Butch Walker, and finds Turner recording again with his trusted backing band The Sleeping Souls.
Frank Turner – photo by RARAsFArm.com
“I feel like this record is my definitive statement, a summation of the first five records,” Turner says. “When a band makes a debut record, there’s a freshness and excitement to it that bands often lose as time goes by. I wanted to make a record with that young, exciting feel.” The lbum was recorded in Naskville over a breakneck nine-day period. “Pretty much all of it is live. The end result is everything I wanted it to be.”
I personally have not heard the album yet, but hope to review it soon. In the meantime, You can pre-order the album here:
And to provide a little taste of what to expect, here’s the video for his rollicking new single
“The Next Storm.”
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09/19 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls
09/20 Toronto, ON Riot Fest
09/22 Syracuse, NY Lost Horizon
09/23 Burlington, VT High Ground
09/25 Boston, MA House of Blues (Sold Out)
09/26 Boston, MA House of Blues
09/28 New York, NY Irving Plaza (Sold Out)
09/29 New York, NY Irving Plaza (Sold Out)
09/30 New York, NY Irving Plaza
10/02 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore
10/03 Baltimore, MD Ram’s Head Live
10/04 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
10/06 Chicago, IL House of Blues
10/07 Minneapolis, MN The Varsity Theatre
10/09 Denver, CO The Ogden Theatre
10/10 Boulder, CO The Boulder Theatre
10/12 Salt City City, UT Urban Lounge
10/13 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
10/15 Seattle, WA The Neptune
10/16 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
10/17 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
10/19 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
10/20 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
10/22 Los Angeles, CA The Mayan
10/23 San Diego, CA House of Blues
10/24 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
10/25 Phoenix, AZ The Press Room
10/27 Austin, TX Emo’s
10/28 Dallas, TX House of Blues
10/29 Houston, TX House of Blues
10/30 New Orleans, LA Voodoo Music Festival
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