The pioneer of folk punk hits the road with new tracks

Frank Warren releases new music and goes on tour (photo: Ben Morse)

“We’re at this nerve-wracking point in history – we don’t know what’s going to happen”

Punk and folk singer-songwriter Frank Turner has released a new album.

During his ongoing tour, he discusses his latest release and upcoming tour dates.

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The album released last week via Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor is called FTHC.

Having started his tour dates in January, Turner continues to perform throughout this month to promote his new music.

What kind of album is it?

The name of your new album is clearly a nod to hardcore punk. But it’s not strictly a hardcore album. What did you think of it?

“It’s pretty hard to have a logo as a solo artist that isn’t cheesy, so when I started on my own in 2007, I was playing around with various things and drew the FTHC logo, which is obviously a reference to the old American hardcore stuff, like New York Hard Core, Los Angeles Hard Core and so on.”

Frank Turner’s FTHC logo

He added, “It was kind of a joke, but it became something people liked, so it went on backdrops and t-shirts etc. I always thought that would be a cool title for an album, so when the material for it started going like that, I just thought ‘this has to be the one!’

“The record isn’t necessarily a hardcore record per se, although tracks like My Bad and Non Serviam are as close to old-school hardcore as I think I’ll ever get as a solo artist.

album design

“In a way, though, it comes back thematically in a lot of ways, but at the same time, I’ve never done a record like this before. There are some tracks in there that are more like Million Dead which I’ve never done as a solo artist, but it goes back more to the roots of my musical tastes.

“I grew up listening to punk songs and the whole album isn’t full of them, there’s a general attitude and approach to the record that comes from that.

“I wanted it to be in your face and on your front foot, which is really where it ended.”

Thoughts on recording a new album

You’ve spent most of your adult life on the road playing gigs, but with the last two years putting that on hold, how much was that on your mind when you were writing and recording the new scrapbook?

Back on tour

And what did you think of your return to the stage for the long-awaited UK tour?

“It’s weird because I’ve made records in the past that were built very live, in a room, with the band.

“With this one, like everything was remote, there are people on it that I still haven’t met in the flesh, but the overall vibe and approach is that it’s 100% designed to be played live.

“It’s supposed to be played in a hot, sweaty room with bodies flying and the floor bouncing. It was written in that spirit.

“We’re at that nerve-wracking moment in history where we don’t know what’s going to happen next, but that’s what it was created for.

“One of the things about lockdown and especially live streaming, which I’ve done more than my fair share of, is it’s really highlighted why live music is so good and why it’s is different from that.

“It’s not just about the music and the bands, it’s about everyone in the room.

“That’s what live music is all about and I can’t wait to get back to it properly and do it again.”

Tour dates include…

February 16 – Bristol, O2 Academy

February 19 – Southampton, O2 Guildhall

February 20 – Brighton, Dome

February 22 – University of Exeter

February 23 – Reading, Hexagon

February 25 – Oxford, O2 Academy

February 26 – Folkestone, Leas Cliff Hall

February 27 – London, O2 Academy Brixton.

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