Blue Murder and Select Touring are excited to announce the return of singer/songwriter Frank Turner this December.
Since his last visit in 2015, Turner has criss-crossed the globe, transforming from another aging punk with an acoustic guitar to a galvanizing voice in the wilderness for his thousands
of fans, many of whom are aging punks themselves. His shows have moved from corner pubs to concert halls, his singles have moved from the blogosphere to the British charts, and his lyrics have moved from the page to many a tattooed bicep. The music has also graduated to a grander scale.
His forthcoming seventh studio album, Be More Kind represents a thematic and sonic line in the sand for the 36-year-old. It’s a record that combines universal anthems with raw emotion and the political and the personal, with the intricate folk and punk roar trademarks of Turner’s sound imbued with new, bold experimental shades.
Turner and his band, the Sleeping Souls, were on tour in the USA in 2016 “when the world decided to go collectively nuts” and the songs that make up Be More Kind started to come together. “Somewhere in the record, there’s a convergence of the ideas of personal and political, which is a central theme of the album,” Turner says. One of the driving themes of the album is empathy, even for your enemy. “You should at least be able to inhabit the mental universe of the people you disagree with. If you can’t do that, then how do you communicate with people other than through force of arms, which is something we all agree is a bad idea.” Behind some of the best songs of Turner’s career is the idea that the human race needs to find better ways of disagreeing than screaming each other down.
Be More Kind was made over a period of seven months, giving Turner the opportunity to turn songs on their head, try different versions and shake up the dynamics within his band. Now he just has to work out how they are going to play them live. These are songs that demand to be heard and Frank Turner is packed and ready to go.
FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS
The Gov | Sun 9 Dec
Tickets: $50.60 + Booking Fee
Doors open @ 7:00 pm