Frank Turner To Play 2016’s BBC 6 Music Festival In Bristol
Frank Turner, one of the best live acoustic artists in the UK at the moment. The Hampshire singer/songwriter has found success with his unique style of folk-indie-rock. The 34-year-old is aware of the passage of time, of the influence of days that drag and months that gallop can exert on what he would probably never dream of calling his body of work. It’s now been a number of years since Turner transformed himself from The Boy Who Surely Could Not, to The Man That Did.
Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls – that most supple, dexterous and punishing of permanent backing bands – put in hard hours as the nights drew in over a practice compound in the Oxfordshire countryside. Turner’s latest album was produced with the help of Butch Walker; a man of a lot of experience in the industry. Walker’s name appears on the production credits of albums by artists as diverse as Katy Perry, Hot Hot Heat, Pink and Fall Out Boy.
If Frank Turner & The Sleeping Soul’s fifth album, ‘Tape Deck Heart’, released in 2013, was a catharsis of licked-wounds, not to mention the sting of raw and recent personal failure, then Positive Songs For Negative People is the sound of a man putting his show back on the road. As early as the album’s second song, Get Better, Frank is fashioning a modus operandi for one whose flaws are not things of which he is necessarily ashamed.
Turner’s 2015 album ‘Positive Songs For Negative People’ may resonate with the clarity and purpose of a debut album, but the songs contained within are not the sound of a man attending his first ever rodeo. The new album is sandwiched between two acoustic tracks ‘The Angel Islington’ and ‘Song For Josh’. Both are poignant tracks for the album, and begin and end the album perfectly.
The latest album is titled accordingly to Frank’s answer to the question how would he best describe his music. ‘Positive Songs For Negative People’ has many pitfalls and travails that litter this sparkling 12-song collection, but the listener’s day and mood is improved by the existence of this album.
Frank Turner is the author of five previous albums; ‘Sleep Is For The Week’, ‘Love, Ire and Song’, ‘Poetry Of The Deed’, ‘England Keep My Bones’ and ‘Tape Deck Heart’. Now, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls will take on Bristol’s super-club Motion, but for 2016’s BBC 6 Music festival. This three day event once a year in February shows off some of the UK’s best current indie artists. Joining Frank Turner over the weekend will be Primal Scream, Roots Manuva, Suede, Daughter, Foals and Everything Everything to name a few. Watch this space for our review of this year’s BBC 6 Music event!