Frank Turner has announced details of his forthcoming seventh studio album. Be More Kind will be released on May 4th through Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records. Months after the release of Songbook, a career-spanning retrospective which also saw reworked versions of tracks from across the past decade, 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. Be More Kind has been produced by Austin Jenkins and Joshua Block, formerly of psychedelic-rock Texans White Denim, and Florence And The Machine and Halsey collaborator Charlie Hugall. “I wanted to try and get out of my comfort zone and do something different,” says Turner. Fans got a taste of the new material last month with the first track ‘1933’ and this is followed today by new track (and title track) ‘Be More Kind’ which is available now. Of the track, Frank says, “Be More Kind”, the song, is at the heart of the album, both lyrically and musically; when I finished it I could see the rest of the album coming together around it.’’
CHECK OUT ‘BE MORE KIND’ HERE
Turner was halfway through writing a very different sort of album, a concept record about women from the historical record who had been ignored, when he was reading a collection of Clive James’ poetry and one particular line compelled him to re-think his direction. It was from a poem called Leçons Des Ténèbres: “I should have been more kind. It is my fate. To find this out, but find it out too late.” “It devastated me the first time I read it,” he says. “A lot of older, wiser people tend to say things like that, that the things that come out in the wash at the end of a human life are the way you treated the people around you. In the modern world, that’s a lesson that all of us, myself included could do to learn.”
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. Turner’s last two records, 2013’s Tape Deck Heart and 2015’s Positive Songs For Negative People, dealt with the fallout from a break-up and saw Turner struggling to cover the cracks in his personal life. Now happily in a relationship and living with his partner and their cat, he again set his sights to the bigger picture.
After the stripped-down, live-sounding Positive Songs…, Turner wanted to try a new approach for the record. Originally, he contacted Jenkins and Block at their Niles City Sound studio in Fort Worth, Texas with the idea of recording a white soul album in the vein of Dexys Midnight Runners. He found they were equally enthusiastic when he changed his mind and decided he wanted to record a more rock-led album with tints of electronic-pop. “I have an obscure corner of my music taste where I’m into glitch electronic music and Warp Records,” says Turner. “It’s not an electronic record but I got into arpeggiator synths.” Positive Songs… was cut in nine, intense days whereas 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. The Be More Kind World Tour will begin in April, with its first leg playing to over 200,000 people across the UK, the USA, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, taking them through to Christmas. Turner promises that 2019 will include visits to some “slightly more weird and wonderful places.” “My days of being engaged in an arms race to be the hardest touring musician in the universe are behind me now,” he says. “We’re going to tour hard but come home regularly in the middle of it.” The first batch of announcements covers 120 dates. Some old habits die hard. These are songs that demand to be heard and Frank Turner is packed and ready to go.
BE MORE KIND TOUR – UK & IRELAND DATES:
13th Manchester, Academy SOLD OUT
15th Dublin, The Academy
18th Belfast, The Limelight
20th Aberdeen, The Garage SOLD OUT
21st Edinburgh, Liquid Room SOLD OUT
22nd Newcastle, O2 Academy
24th Sheffield, O2 Academy
25th Liverpool, O2 Academy SOLD OUT
27th Bristol, O2 Academy SOLD OUT
28th Exeter Uni, Great Hall
30th Cambridge. Corn Exchange
1st Southampton, Guildhall SOLD OUT
2nd Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
4thLeicester, O2 Academy SOLD OUT
5th Oxford, O2 Academy SOLD OUT
8th Hull, City Hall
9th Norwich, UEA
11th London, Roundhouse, SOLD OUT
12thLondon, Roundhouse, SOLD OUT
13thLondon, Roundhouse, SOLD OUT
14th London, Roundhouse, SOLD OUT
“Mamas Gun have constructed blistering albums, releases that place them at the forefront of 21st century soul” – Clash
“A blend of funk and deep soul that really gets you moving” – EARMILK
Mamas Gun are today sharing their new single ‘I Need A Win’, the third to be taken from their forthcoming release, Golden Days which is due out on May 18, 2018 via Candelion. Following in the wake of previous singles, ‘Strangers On A Street’ and the Lauren Laverne and R2-supported, ‘London Girls’, this latest offering arrives in line with the album pre-order – link here. Alongside the likes of Curtis Harding and Charles Bradley, Mamas Gun, who have spawned Top 10 singles on four different continents, have assisted in spearheading 21st century soul. In support of the release the band will head on a full UK tour with dates to be announced shortly.
With its ice-cool Motown aesthetics that borrow in part from greats such as Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson, ‘I Need A Win’ de
monstrates frontman, Andy Platts’ ability to juxtapose warm musical tapestries with poetics that suggest something much more plaintive. Speaking about the track, Platts says: “Lyrically it deals with the wildfire chaos following a cataclysmic life event, it’s rooted in something much deeper than the well-travelled themes of love/romance/heartbreak though, pivoting between the poles of salvation-seeking hope and infinite despair.”
As well as previous support slots with the likes of Beverley Knight and Raphael Saadiq, Mamas Gun have performed at global and domestic music festivals including WOMAD, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness and Greenroom. Following a sold-out re-appearance to the UK live circuit earlier this month at The Social, London, Mamas Gun will head on a full UK tour around the release of the album (dates TBC).
We are excited to announce that TUSKENS are our issue #20 cover feature, and we are EVEN MORE EXCITED to share their brand new video for ‘VACANT’!! Check it out!
The video was filmed last year at their EP launch show by Theodore Swaddling / Focus Film UK and it captures the atmosphere and relentless energy of the gig perfectly!
FOREVER CULT kickstart their UK run with Fizzy Blood by releasing new track USURPER. Abrasive, fuzzy and oscillating, the track is a sonic depiction of a night out escalating. USURPER is also the first track featuring the band’s newly recruited second guitarist Wilko.
Catch FOREVER CULT on the road with Fizzy Blood:
22nd Feb – Manchester, Soup Kitchen
23rd Feb – Glasgow, Old Hairdressers
24th Feb – Leeds, Headrow House **SOLD OUT**
27th Feb – Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge
28th Feb – London, Camden Assembly
Birmingham-based punks Templeton Pek release their 5th studio album, ‘Watching The World Come Undone’ through Drakkar Records.
“We’re bouncing off the walls to get these songs out into people’s ears.” said vocalist Neal Mitchell. “We took our time with this record, assembled a great team around us, and made a record that we are beyond proud of. It encapsulates the mood of the moment along with 10 years experience of touring, writing and recording. We genuinely feel we have just made our landmark album that everything we wrote after this will be compared to.”
‘Watching The World Come Undone’ is available to order on multiple formats here:
In support of ‘Watching The World Come Undone’, the trio will take to the road this Spring with Sonic Boom Six throughout the UK, as well as a number of festival appearances all over Europe:
06 APR 2018 – Plymouth UK, Underground*
07 APR 2018 – St Albans UK, The Horn*
10 APR 2018 – Blackpool UK, Waterloo*
11 APR 2018 – Liverpool UK, EBGBs*
12 APR 2018 – Leicester UK, The Shed*
14 APR 2018 – Huddersfield UK, Parish*
15 APR 2018 – Milton Keynes UK, Craufurd Arms*
21 APR 2018 – Cheltenham UK, Frog & Fiddle
28 APR 2018 – London UK, Nightclub Kolis
04 MAY 2018 – Wels AT, Sbam Fest
06 JUL 2018 – Amplified 2018, Gloucester UK
03 AUG 2018 – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool UK
* w/ Sonic Boom Six
‘Watching The World Come Undone’ was produced by Davey Warsop, a fellow Birmingham native, now based in Long Beach. The album was brought to life at the famous Hurley Studios (Green Day, Avenged Sevenfold & many more) in Costa Mesa, California.
A seasoned touring band, over the years they have shared stages with The Offspring, Rise Against, Bad Religion, Sum 41, NOFX, Alkaline Trio, Lagwagon, Millencolin, Zebrahead, Ignite, Pennywise and many more whilst touring across mainland Europe and the UK.
‘Watching The World Come Undone’ will be released on all formats through Drakkar Records on the 23rd February 2018