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Lyrics of the Week.

Frank Turner’s brand new album, England Keep My Bones has been incredibly successful, but this newfound success, reaching single figures in the album charts has not led to any compromise in Frank’s astounding ability as a songwriter. One of my favourite tracks on the album is one which he has admitted to being possibly the most personal and painful of songwriting experiences. This is the touching ‘Redemption,’ which sees Frank baring his soul to the listener and showing his guilty conscience for all to see:

I was walking home to my house through the snow from the station
When the Springsteen came clear in my headphones with a pertinent question
Oh is love really real and do any of hope for redemption
Or are we are merely biting our time down to the lonely conclusions
Darling let me take your hand as I talk you through this
How loneliness edged into deep seeded psychosis
Lying away in crowded hotel rooms focused on takers
With my feelings laid clear on the ceiling
I don’t think I can do this
I don’t think I can do this

Well I tried so hard to not turn into my father
But if I only ever skip out his choices will I ever choose better
Oh the sad truth is the grass it will always seem greener
So I left you alone in a restaurant in London in winter
You deserved better

Out of trash some might back in my ears
Sound comes clear and brings the awful truth that I can’t stand what I’ve done to you
And it’s written clear in my diary today should have been our anniversary
But I’m far way and I’m far apart
And you’re back home with a broken heart
And loves is real and I can escape
I’ll only ever have myself to blame
These failures shift and save me in the night
Like a fever I can’t break try as I might
Wake me darling I need you take me home
But I know in the end redemption is mine and mine alone
So if each of us is made of a tally of mistakes and successes
Then the hour in the restaurant makes my score less than impressive
If each can be redeemed with the courage by which he confesses
So darling I miss you, your music and your musk and your kisses
I don’t think I can do this.

This is a fantastic song, with superb lyrics; something which is consistent throughout the new album. So, if you haven’t already been infected with ‘Frankophilia,’ then I highly recommend listening to the new album – England Keep My Bones, out now on Epitaph records.

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Frank Turner – Live @ St Paul’s Church In Cambridge

After headlining his biggest show yet at Brixton Academy at the end of 2010, Frank Turner made the decision to go to to the opposite end of the scale to promote his upcoming album – England Keep My Bones – which is due to be released on June 6th.
Last nights venue – a tiny church in the heart of Cambridge – was a brand new experience. After entering, you took your pick – would it be the pews or the tiny standing area at the front? There can’t have been more than 300 people packed into the tiny venue – and it was fantastic!

Photo courtesy of Kon2Photography

First up for the night was Ben Marwood – a singer/songwriter from Reading. Much like Frank, his songwriting style is aggressive and passionate (and sometimes bitter too!), shown by song titles such as ‘Tell Avril Lavigne I Never Wanted To Be Her Stupid Boyfriend Anyway.’ He was a great warm up act and a nice guy too! Check out his website at: http://www.benmarwood.com
Next up was Franz Nicolay – A man whos name and appearance wouldn’t look out of place in Gogol Bordello. Like a thinner, more friendly relative of Mario Kart’s Wario, he was reminiscent of a circus ringleader from way back at the start of the 20th Century! Anyway – lets get to the music! Self described as punk rock cabaret, he has a unique blend of genres that make for a sound that fantastically eccentric, and thought provoking too. A little weird at times, but intriguing none the less! Have a listen to ‘This Is Not A Pipe,’ and check out his website at: http://www.franznicolay.com
Next up was Frank himself – Appearing on stage as understated as ever, breaking into ‘I Knew Prufrock..’ you could tell this was going to be an amazing show!

With the upcoming album, out next Monday, it was inevitable that there would be some new material. The new single ‘Peggy Sang The Blues’ has already been well received with radio play on Xfm and 6Music, as well as another new song ‘I Am Disappeared.’ He played both of these with great success – I can’t wait for the new album! Frank also performed another as yet unreleased track called English Curse – a powerful a cappella song based on English Folklore from the New Forest – Only Frank could!

Other highlights included ‘The Road’, ‘I Still Believe’ and two cover songs – Bruce Springsteen’s Thunder Road and a cover of the Postal Service’s ‘District Sleeps Alone Tonight,’ during which he invited Ben and Franz back on stage, for a new take on one of my favourites. However, the true highlight for me, had to be the final song of the set, ‘The Ballad of Me and My Friends,” where Frank smashed the very few barriers that existed between musician and fan and played the song in the crowd, proving to me that this man is never better than when he’s live – He has to be one of the most passionate men I have ever seen – a truly great performer! Thanks Frank.

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Frank Turner Featured In Film

This year, Relentless Energy continued their Short Film competition, with the first entry featuring Frank Turner.
The short film was made by up-and-coming filmmaker from Hertfordshire, James Henry. He chose Frank as the candidate to fill the competition’s themes of ‘No Half Measures,’ and ‘Focus,’ two adjectives which I cannot think of anybody better to grace with. James stated that: “I want to explore who he is at his core: it’s Frank’s story so who better to tell it than him himself?”
The film, titled ‘The Road,’ unsurprisingly documents life on tour for Frank – his highs and lows, and his inspiration to carry on making music.

Whilst only brief, is a great insight into Frank’s personal side, with behind-the-scenes interviews and as well as containing some great live footage and is truly inspirational, as it goes to show that hard work and passion can take you to places you could never have imagined!

James, since graduating from Hertfordshire University, the site for this years Slam Dunk South Festival, has been making a name for himself making films about various underground artists and fashion companies, as well as producing pieces for numerous magazines.

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England Keep My Bones Update…

As I am sure you will be aware, Frank Turner will be releasing the much anticipated follow-up to his last album Love Ire and Song, with ‘England Keep My Bones.’ From what I have heard already, the album is set to be yet another fantastic release, if not his best yet. He has already released a couple of songs from the album over Youtube, including the new single and video for ‘Peggy Sang The Blues,’ which you can see below:

He has also released a new favourite of mine, called ‘I Am Disappeared,’ a soul-baring and emotional track that sees Frank exposing himself yet again for the pleasure of his fans! This is bound to be a hit for the future, and has racked up over 50,000 views online already!

And if you’re keen to see what’s gone into the album, Frank has also recorded an album diary, documenting everything from a question and answer session for fans, to the origins of the album title. Check it out below:

All of this has really whet my appetite for seeing Frank at the end of May – This Spring’s solo tour is bound to be fantastic, and it looks as if Frank will have a whole lot more songs for us to enjoy whilst we’re there!

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Frank Turner – New Album and European Shows On The Way!

Having only just finished the extensive period of touring that began way back in the summer last year, Frank Turner is back in the studio again, and has announced that his new album is to be called ‘England Keep My Bones,’ and the release date is set for June 6th in the UK and on the 7th for the rest of the world.
To top this great news off, Frank has also announced another long run of worldwide dates, with shows in Canada, Australia, Germany, the UK and the USA in April and May. This tour will not see Frank backed by a band, but instead returning to his roots playing solo shows. Check out this link for the whole list of shows in the forthcoming months:

I’ll be trying to get to his Cambridge show, which in true Frank Turner style, is in a church, usually packed with the over-eighties in their weekly knitting club! It should be interesting to see how his solo shows compare to his tour last year when he was supported by his band.

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Beans On Toast – Writing On The Wall

Beans is Back!

Beans on Toast, the three chord wonder, from Braintree in the UK, has been a staple part of my music diet for the last year or so, and despite having a 50 track debut album (yes, you heard me) to listen to time and time again, I couldn’t wait when I heard that he was releasing a new album.

Writing on the Wall sees Beans, or Jay McAllister, backed by a full band this time, rather than just him and his kids guitar! The brief, 30 minute long album was released on his 30th birthday – I’m sure you can see the link there… And it’s fantastic! Whilst Standing on a Chair, Jay’s debut album, was fantastic in the sense that it was full of very memorable, contraversial tracks that made you really think about life, it didn’t feel like much of an album, more a bunch of songs to be sung in bars or busked on the streets of London.

Writing on the Wall does not see Beans cutting out any of his down-to-earth and sometimes cringingly blunt opinions of the world around him, yet the songs, backed with all manner of instruments, from fiddles and violins to banjos, harmonicas and drums seem to have much more power behind them, and the songs sound so much more refined. He still songs that many may find offensive, such as Methadrone, which begins with ‘Well this is a song about glamourising drugs, I advise you to stick some powder up your nose,’ yet you do not get the impression that he is saying this just to be offensive, as he later on states that the money gained from the tax could be used to build new hospitals! However this is what makes Beans on Toast so unique – his ability to speak his mind without any care of what people might think. The album also sees Beans’ raspy voice warning the world about the international oil crisis as well as the decline of the music industry. All of this makes for an enthralling, albeit brief, listen. Highlights for me include – artmoneyart, Foolish, Wild and Forgetful and Old Grunge, which you can see a live performance of below:

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Frank Turner @ The Corn Exchange – December 6th 2010

This week has been a good week! Not only has Beans on Toast’s new album been released, I also went to see a close friend of his, Frank Turner this Monday. Frank Turner is a unique gem of the punk rock world. Having been educated at Eton and hailing from Winchester, he is not exactly a your typical punk rock sewer rat, however don’t think that I hold this against him, because I absolutely do not! Despite his privileged roots, Frank is one of the sensible ones who can see there is still a lot in the world to shout about, and his very special brand of acoustic folk/punk does exactly that.

This year’s tour, much like Beans, sees Frank back on the road with a full band, rather than just him and an acoustic guitar. However before we could experience Frank, first came the support acts! Unfortunately we missed Dive Dive, but arrived in time to see Ed Harcourt – and he was amazing! He produced the single most impressive sound I have ever heard from one man, and he played too many instruments to keep count of, including banjo, guitar (both electric and acoustic), trombone, drums and piano! His songs were really emotive and he kept the whole crowd transfixed throughout. I’ve since listened to his new album, Lustre, and have fallen in love with his weird and wonderful style!

Next up was the main man of the night – Frank Turner took to the stage with the upbeat Eulogy. After briefly calling for our support due to a sore throat, the show went on – see the setlist below:

Highlights for me included ‘The Road’, the new hit-to-be ‘I Still Believe’ with it’s catchy chorus that is sure to get future crowds involved in arenas across the globe! Also, the hilarious ‘Ballad of Steve,’ written by Frank and his friend John Snodgrass about the famous story of flight attendant Steve Slater, who jumped out of a plane after its landing on the runway as a protest against his mundane worklife. Another personal highlight was Long Live The Queen and, of course, Photosynthesis – a great way to end an amazing night!

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Radio 1 Punk Show – Mike Davies

Those of you rock and punk fans familiar with British radio stations will know that there isn’t often a lot on offer for us, especially when it comes to Radio 1. However, for any of you who don’t already listen to it, Radio 1 have their own show dedicated to Punk, Ska and Hardcore, presented from Los Angeles by Mike Davies.

The show features loads of great music and interviews, from Rise Against, Frank Turner and The Gaslight Anthem, to Trash Talk, Hot Water Music and The Skints.

The show also features in depth interview’s all different manner of bands, providing an interesting insight into the lives of some of your favourite musicians.

Since Mike has been surrounded by LA’s punk rock scene since he was a child, he also has extensive knowledge of many of the bands played on the show – it adds a very interesting dynamic to the show.

With the time difference of over 5 hours between the UK and US, if you are a Brit, and you want to listen to the show live, you will have to tune in at around 2:00 in the morning! However, if you have a decent internet connection that won’t drive you crazy, you can listen to it on BBC iPlayer, at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006wq52

P.S:  Check out Mike’s interview of Tom Gabel, from Against Me! – I’m sure you’ll find it very interesting!

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