In the dimly lit lobby of Oakland, California’s Fox Theater, I find Frank Turner, a rising star of the English punk-folk scene, bustling among stacks of cardboard boxes, pulling out t-shirts, consolidating CDs and vinyl, and noting the quantities on a piece of paper. In town for a two-night stand with the veteran SoCal punk band Social Distortion, Turner, an affable fellow clad in a black Ben Franklin t-shirt bearing the Black Flag logo, is accustomed to doing such things himself. After all, he’s been on the road almost nonstop for seven years—several of them solo but more recently backed by his superb band, the Sleeping Souls. Nowadays, he jokes, the only place he sleeps soundly is in his tiny berth on the tour bus.
After swapping stories of youthful arrests—me for talking back to an Oakland cop, him for participating in anarchist demos across the pond—we retire to his dressing room to chat. Turner came of age listening to bands like Black Flag and Minor Threat, not to mention the likes of Green Day and the Offspring, with whom he’s since played stadiums.
Consider “Try This at Home,” a rollicking ditty from 2009’s Poetry of the Deed, Turner’s third studio album.
Let’s inherit the Earth, ’cause no one else taking it
C’mon do your worst, before the moment’s passed
In bedrooms across England and all the western world
There’s posters and there’s magazines, but the music isn’t ours.
Cause we write love songs in C and we do politics in G
We sing songs about our friends in E minor
So tear down the stars now, and take up your guitars
And c’mon folks and try this at home.
Subido por frankturner el 30/07/2009
Official Video for “The Road”. Directed by Adam Powell, starring FT, Barbs, Adam, Ollie, Brad and Pete. We really did it, 24 shows in 24 hours. This is the first single from the new (third) album, “Poetry Of The Deed”, release 7th September (UK & Europe) / 8th September (USA) 2009 through Xtra Mile Recordings / Epitaph Records. (c) 2009 Xtra Mile Recordings
Frank Turner (born 28 December 1981) is an English folk/punk singer-songwriter from Meonstoke, Winchester. Initially the vocalist of post-hardcore band Million Dead, Turner embarked upon a primarily acoustic-based solo career following the band’s split in 2005. To date, Turner has released four solo albums, two rarities compilation albums and four EPs. Turner began recording for his new album England Keep My Bones, in January 2011. It was released on 6 June 2011 in the UK, and 7 June 2011 worldwide.