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The Awesome: An Interview With Frank Turner

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Photo by www.gregorynolan.com

I can not even begin to tell you how excited I am about this post.  I had the pleasure today to interview Frank Turner through email and could not be happier.  If anyone knows me, Frank Turner is a big deal to me.  I have to admit my appreciation for me grew to unmeasurable amounts after I heard his latest release Poetry Of The Deed.

I confess, the name Frank Turner was not fresh in my mind beforehand when I heard that album.  I continually smack myself in the head still as I could not put two and two together when listening to it at the time and realizing he was the guy in the UK post-hardcore, now defunct, act Million Dead.  I knew of Frank Turner but prior to his last release was not aware of his solo material.

Some music fan I am right?  Regardless I am a huge fan of Frank Turner so it only made sense for me to try and set up an interview with him.  It was easier for us both just to do it over the email and I must say no one has ever replied faster than him.

Such a proud moment for me here.  Let me take a moment and soak in all that is awesome for what I am about to share…

Ok I am better.


BHP – Before I even begin, thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions for me. I know you have been a busy man for quite some time touring and all. How long have you actually been on tour now?

FT – Actually I just took 3 weeks off, which is the longest time I’ve gone without playing a show for about 6 years now. I did my first tour when I was 16, and have been pretty much constantly on the road since 2004. It’s great. Answering questions is no bother.

Were you been able to take any breaks prior?

I get little breaks here and there, and like I say I’ve just had quite a bit of time off (by my standards). I get very claustrophobic if I stay in the same place for more than a few days, I think I’ve rewired my brain now, haha. So when I’m not touring or in the studio, I generally find excuses to get on a train or a plane and go visit some friends or something.

Photo by www.christopherdibble.com
Photo by www.christopherdibble.com

I along with many of your other fans have been able to keep tabs on you thanks to your Facebook/Twitter posts. How important is it to be more personal to the fans?

What I like about stuff like Facebook and Twitter is that it pulls aside the curtain on rock’n’roll. I was never that taken with the whole business of mythologizing what it means to be a musician. I like to let people know what the realities of life on the road are like, and to point out that I’m no different from anyone who listens to my music. That’s the strength of the whole web 2.0 thing.

How stressful does it get traveling overseas from the US to the UK and beyond on any given date?

I don’t find it particularly stressful at all – in fact I find it quite liberating, and I find being in the same place quite stressful. I mean, transatlantic flights are always going to be a drag, but it’s a small price to pay. Whenever I get to go to new places I haven’t been to before solely on the basis that I play guitar, I think it’s absolutely wonderful, if a little insane. I pinch myself occasionally.

Seems like 2009 was your year to get noticed thanks to the release of Poetry Of The Deed. How does it feel to have a growing fan base?

It feels great. Without wanting to sound defensive, I’ve worked really hard in the last few years at what I do, to make the best albums and to play as many shows as I can. It’s a great feeling to see hard work pay off, and to see some of the dreams I’ve had since I was a kid start to come true. It’s as awesome as you’d imagine it to be. I’m very privileged to be in these shoes right now.

What prompted you to go into a more so acoustic solo career once Million Dead disbanded or was that something in the works prior to the band’s ending?

I think that when that band ended, in a lot of stress and recrimination and so on, I was just done with hardcore as a sound. I felt like I’d poured everything into that band, and when it didn’t work, I needed to do something different. I’d started listening to folk, country and so on quite extensively in the last few years of the band’s existence, and when it ended, well, it seemed like a good way to go. It also meant I could stay on tour without having to put a band together, without having to rely on other people, something I was very wary to do at the time.

So have you spoken to any of the members?  Or were the differences that led to the band’s departure more personal and evident of a reunion never to happen?

We’re all on at least reasonable terms now. The drummer and I are firm friends. It’s all water under the bridge now – that was a very intense band to be in, but now that we’re all clear and the dust has settled, it doesn’t matter as much. There won’t be a reunion though, I’ll say that for sure. I’m just not interested in looking back like that.

Who are your musical influences these days?

These days I tend to bore into a handful of bands at a time, get really obsessed with them, and they influence my thinking about music.

Springsteen has been an overshadowing presence in my music for the last few years, but more recently I’m super-into Loudon Wainwright III. He’s fucking amazing.

What bands have you been listening to as of late?

Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of Neil Young again because I’m reading a book about him. Beyond that, I’ve finally got into the latest Weakerthans album (which I’m fast starting to think is their best). Also Crazy Arm, who are coming on tour with me in Europe in March and April, and Ben Marwood, a friend of mine who puts me to shame with his excellence in songwriting.

I heard that Flogging Molly recently asked you to join them on tour. What was your initial reaction when they asked you?

I thought it was great, very flattering. And then I found out how popular they are in the States, and I was blown away. The shows we’re doing are biiiig.

Anyone else you would like to mention that you are touring with in 2010?

I’m happy that I’m going to be returning a favour in March – Chuck Ragan has taken me out in the USA and been a great friend and inspiration to me in recent years, and now he’s coming out on my next UK tour, which is a big one – 3000 people a show or so – so it feels good to be paying that one back. I’m also excited about Revival Australia – I’ve never been there before, and I get to play more shows with Tim Barry, someone I can’t get enough of right now.

Are you still going to play house shows here and there now that you are making it into the spotlight? I have a place in Cleveland you can play if you ever want to…

Sure, here and there. If you can put up 6 people (me, band and crew) after the Flogging Molly show in Cleveland, I’ll play a set there as well. Deal?

Sweet!  So you still do house shows?

I still do a fair few of them – I’m playing a house show in Toronto tonight actually. It’s something that’s easy to put together, so it’s always an option.

Obviously there is more to Frank Turner than just yourself. Can you tell me about the backing band that helps you out on the album and tours?

My band [members] are amazing, and I’m really excited about them coming to the USA for the first time next month with Flogging Molly. It took me a while to get the line-up right, I wanted the best, and also a set of people who would gel together well as musicians. We finally got the chemistry right at the end of 2008, and we haven’t looked back. They’re all amazing musicians, much better than me, and they’re great at helping me get ideas out of my head. Plus they’re cool guys.

Any reason there is no actual band name like “The Frank Turner Band” or “Frank Turner and the…whatevers”?

You know, we’ve spent a long time talking about this, I really want a name for them – I don’t want them to be faceless sessionistas or whatever, they’re a band, you know? But we’ve struggled to find something everyone agrees on. The Contraband has been doing the rounds recently, and the 161 Band (a reference to where we used to rehearse and where I recorded my first album) but we’re still tussling over it. Some day.

The video for “The Road” to me was an amazing concept. 24 shows in 24 hours? How difficult was that to shoot?

Logistically it wasn’t so bad, we had a schedule and we stuck to it.

Physically it was a little more challenging. We did 8pm-8pm, and by time we hit around midday, everyone was fucking drained and unhappy, haha. It was pretty miserable for a few hours there. But we burned on through, and we made it to the end. It was a good experience.

Any plans for another music video off your latest release?

We did a tour video for the song “Poetry Of The Deed”, which you can find on YouTube. Then I think I’m making a video for the song “Isabel” when I’m in Los Angeles next week.

Last year you appeared in an alternative 90’s compilation and covered UK’s Kerbdog. Why Kerbdog? “Sally” is a great choice as a cover for a band that never really made it in the states.

I love Kerbdog, they were such an awesome band. I was actually asked to record a song for a Kerbdog tribute album, which I did, and then we decided to use it for the 90s thing as well. Great song, and apparently Cormac thought I did a good job too, which is cool.

You also covered a Bruce Springsteen song at one time. Have you heard any feedback from The Boss himself about your version of “Thunder Road”?

Not directly, though I know Brian Fallon [of the Gaslight Anthem] put a copy of the 7 inch into the Boss’s hands, so he has to be aware of its existence, haha. I’d be very excited to meet Springsteen, he’s a real hero for me.

Speaking of The Boss you are headlining a show at Asbury, NJ on Feb. 24th.  Can we expect to hear about any special guests?

I wish, haha. We shall see.

How does it feel to be a part of the Epitaph family?

Great. It’s a label that I grew up with and that has an amazing roster now, so it’s a cool association. And now I’d count a lot of the people I work with as close friends. They’re very effective at promotion and so on.
So yeah, I’m very happy about it, all in all.

Can you tell me about a certain tattoo you got in Texas while at SXSW?

Haha, uhm, well… I’d been there for a few days and had some great shows, basically sealed the deal with Epitaph, had a lot of old friends around, that kind of thing, so I was in a good mood. I had one day where I had no shows to play so I got wicked drunk with the guys from Fake Problems, we went to see Van Pelt do a one-off reunion show, which was pretty emotional for me. Anyways, after about 14 hours on the booze I ended up in a tattoo parlour with Casey Lee, and we both got Texas tattoos. Seemed like a good idea at the time.. I was a little dismayed at first but I quite like it now. It has a good story with it.

Any regrets in life?

I do my best not to. I’m still sad that Million Dead never quite achieved what I thought we were capable of. Beyond that, not really.

What’s next for Frank Turner?

I’m on tour most of this year, it looks like, all over the world, which is great. I have a rough ambition to get another album recorded before the end of the year, so we can get it out in early 2011. We’ll see. The songs are coming together, it’s more a question of finding the time to record it properly. I also want to do an album of traditional English songs sometime. Keep myself busy.

Why should someone check out Frank Turner?

That’s not for me to say, really. Why not?

Catch Frank Turner playing with Flogging Molly on the Green 17 Tour on March 5th, 2010 at the House Of Blues on Euclid Ave.  Rumor has it the show is sold out but if you look hard enough online you might be able to find a ticket for a decent price.  I will be there.

CLICK HERE to check out Frank Turner’s blog.

I also should mention that Frank Turner is serious about the house show and I am going to be working my magic trying to find a suitable place for him and his crew to play a set as well as crash for the night.  If any of you readers in the Cleveland area know of an appropriate spot where Frank Turner can play a house show please email me at broken@brokenheadphones.com.  I have a few places in mind but am open to suggestions.  Keep in mind the set he plans on playing would be after the Flogging Molly show.  If this falls into place I will also be looking into filming it for the site.

Keep your fingers crossed!!!

If you do not own Poetry Of The Deed yet you really need to have it in your collection.  CLICK HERE to order it (or the album cover below) and if you are wondering why you should own it CLICK HERE to read the review I did of it last year.

Then again you can just watch the following too…

Stay tuned for possible house party featuring Frank Turner!

Oh and if you have never heard of Kerbdog and were wondering what they were all about…

The Awesome: Flogging Molly & Frank Turner!!! (more F’s)

Thanks to Jon @ SideOneDummy for the heads up!!!


November 12, 2009 – Los Angeles, CA – FLOGGING MOLLY has added FRANK TURNER as main support on most of their annual countdown to St Patrick’s Day – the 2010 Green 17 Tour. In addition, the band has announced a new date on the Green 17 Tour in Rochester, NY at the Main Street Armory on February 28th, 2010.

Flogging Molly’s 2010 Green 17 Tour tour is in it’s sixth year running and brings fans the release of the band’s new single and video for “Punch Drunk Grinning Soul” from their latest album FLOAT.

Tickets for the entire Green 17 Tour go on sale to the general public this weekend through normal ticket outlets! Presale tickets with a reduced ticketing service charge are on sale now for the entire tour at http://www.floggingmolly.tickets.musictoday.com

2/9/2010 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues^
2/10/2010 – Houston, TX – House of Blues^
2/12/2010 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall^
2/13/2010 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle^
2/14/2010 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz^
2/16/2010 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues^
2/17/2010 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues^
2/18/2010 – Charleston, SC – The Music Farm^
2/19/2010 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore^
2/20/2010 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues^
2/22/2010 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva^
2/23/2010 – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live!^
2/25/2010 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theatre^
2/26/2010 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory^
2/27/2010 – Boston, MA – House of Blues^
2/28/2010 – Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory^
3/2/2010 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom^
3/3/2010 – University Park, PA – Robeson Center Alumni Hall/ Penn State Univ.*
3/4/2010 – Columbus, OH – LC Pavillion^
3/5/2010 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues^
3/6/2010 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore^
3/8/2010 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room^
3/9/2010 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s^
3/10/2010 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant^
3/12/2010 – Milwaukee, WI – The Eagles Club^
3/13/2010 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom^
3/14/2010 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater*
3/15/2010 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom*
3/17/2010 – Tempe, AZ – Tempe Beach Park*

^ Frank Turner is main support on this date

* no Frank Turner on this date
More info on Flogging Molly tickets (click here)

Mike Doughty – Sad Man, Happy Man – CD Review

(*Editor’s Note – Thanks to my reliable laptop crashing this was postponed for quite sometime.)

Before I even start I would like to publicly kick myself in the ass for not attending last night’s Mike Doughty concert at the Beachland Ballroom (Oct. 10th).  I know I missed a good time and I am the one to blame for missing it.  I just had too much going on and not enough green paper in the wallet so I decided to sit it out and today am regretting it.  I also had the flu of sorts so it just was not happening.

Luckily I got my hands on his new album so at least I have something to listen to and talk about.

I always admire the musicians out there in the world that have overcome hardship and feed off the fan reaction rather than make music for pure financial purposes. One performer in particular that comes to mind when I think about a hard working true music maker is Mike Doughty.  Doughty, as many know, was the lead man of the 90’s alt rock act Soul Coughing.  Sadly the band called it quits thanks to constant battles with drugs and also financial hardship but Doughty kept going on doing his own thing.

He started recording solo material and soon had a cult following who worshiped his every word and sang along with to every song.  I was one of those folk who took a huge liken to him.  I loved seeing Doughty on stage alone with guitar in hand singing folky and rocky songs to an ever loving crowd.

Doughty took his fan’s reaction to his 2008 solo release Golden Delicious and used it to mold his next release titled Sad Man, Happy Man.  Some of the fans loved the rock pop heavy Golden Delicious while others hated it.  Perhaps the dis-likening came from the more upbeat fun styles that were bursting from the tunes over former albums.

Having such a huge step up from his widely known solo material was credited with Doughty’s “dude theory”, an idea of recording music that sounds like a bunch of dudes playing music for the fun of it. The result of his dude music won new fans and also caused some of the more so diehard fans to go so far as calling him a sellout for doing what he did. Not taking the negative reactions personal he used it to his benefit and began a different approach when creating new material.

In fact he used the responses as a fuel of sorts to making something better in his current release and admitted that his previous album sparked an array of feelings by saying:

“…some hated it, some loved it better than Soul Coughing.  I tend to take sharp left turns. Every time I put out a record, the audience seems to like what I did two years ago better. You’d think I could shrug it off because that’s what always happens, but it always gets to me.”

As a fan of everything Doughty has done since the days of Soul Coughing I have to admit that I was one of the fans who liked Golden Delicious. It was a change in his style but still catchy to my ears.  Just check out my review I did on it.  I was happy from start to finish and the album is still played here and there when I am looking for something fun to jam out to.

When I heard that Doughty was going back to his roots when recording Sad Man,Happy Man I was eager for the release.  After hearing listening to it (over and over I might add), it is clear that Doughty reached back to his solo roots as well as the days when he was in the popular 90’s act and pushed aside that poppy feel Golden Delicious had going on.  This time around there is more of a Soul Coughing vibe and less of the more pop rock he achieved previously.

“Nectarine (Part II)” sequel to song on Golden Delicious was acoustic with a brief add of Irresistible Bliss horns. “(I Keep On) Rising Up” continued with Doughty’s signature raspy hypnotizing voice moving through a more personal jam (he wrote it during hardship in a relationship).  Just after a couple of tracks and it was perfectly clear he was stripped down and focused on the acoustic.

“(You Should Be) Doubly (Gratified)” was a nice smooth rock song with long time touring pal Andrew “Scrap” Livingston taking bass duties.  I should add that this album is just Doughty and Livingston with Doughty providing not just the singing and guitars but also the drum programming and keyboards as well.

“(I Want To) Burn You (Down)” was a poignant acoustic jam reminiscent to the days when Doughty would play shows and would sell CDs himself from the stage after wards when he was trying to get back on his feet. “Pleasure On Credit” clearly reached back to his witty Soul Coughing days. I don’t think it was possible for me to enjoy this song more so than I did the first time I heard it.

Ending the CD with a Daniel Johnston cover completed this album for me. Hearing Doughty’s take on “Casper The Friendly Ghost” had me smiling.  The version was not nearly as depressing as the original schizophrenic take but still held on to Daniel Johnston’s eerie original.

It’s great to see that Mike Doughty keeps on going and Sad Man, Happy Man shows no form of slowing down.  It sounded throughout the album as if he was just having fun without getting too serious and to me that is what I admire him most for.  With all the hell the man has been though he never seemed to stop having fun doing what he loved – play music, and loving it while doing so.

Not just a musician but also an outspoken blogger.  Check out Mike Doughty’s blog site.  He’s not just a clever song writer you know…

Looks like I missed out on a little Q&A at the Beachland…  The tour was called the Question Jar Tour.  Looks like they took it very literally.  Damn me for getting sick!

Bouncing Souls Continue Their Celebration…

The Bouncing Souls have announced another US tour but this time with Bayside and Broadway Calls.  Still taking advantage of 2009 the punk rockers continue with their celebration as a punk rock band for 20 years.

Do these guys ever slow down?

The answer is no.

Bouncing Souls bassist, Bryan Kienlen, had this to say of the upcoming dates:

Bayside has been on our radar for a while now, we’d heard a lot of good things about them and liked their music so we asked them to join our fall tour. Since then we’ve spent 3 straight weeks of hanging out together the Warped Tour, and have since become great friends and fans of the band. This is gonna be a great tour!

The upcoming US tour dates follow the Souls’ Canadian tour w/ Youth Brigade and Off With Their Heads and takes the band down the West Coast, and through the Midwest, hitting the likes of Vegas, Seattle, Portland, San Diego, Detroit, Chicago and two-shows each in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The Cleveland based magazine Alternative Press is presenting the tour.

Tour Dates:

Aug 27 2009 Uergrou Cologne
Aug 28 2009 Reading Festival Reading
Aug 29 2009 Academy Dublin
Aug 30 2009 Leeds Festival Leeds
Sep 1 2009 Cafe La Peche Paris
Sep 2 2009 Entrepot Brugges
Sep 3 2009 Backage Munich
Sep 4 2009 2 Days a Week Festival Wiesen
Sep 6 2009 Rock Planet Pinarella
Sep 8 2009 Music Box Lisboa
Sep 9 2009 Sala Live Madrid
Sep 10 2009 Sala KGB Barcelona

Canadian Tour
w/ Youth Brigade, Off With Their Heads and more!
Sep 23 2009 – Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electrique
Sep 24 2009 – Ottawa, ON – Ritual
Sep 25 2009 – Guelph, ON – Vinyl
Sep 26 2009 – London, ON – Call The Office
Sep 27 2009 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
Sep 30 2009 – Winnipeg, MB – The Pyramid Cabaret
Oct 1 2009 – Regina, SK – Riddell Centre
Oct 2 2009 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite
Oct 3 2009 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Ballroom
Oct 4 2009 – Banff, AB – Wild Bills
Oct 6 2009 – Victoria, BC – Sugar Nightclub
Oct 7 2009 – Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw Theater

US Tour
w/ Bayside and Broadway Calls!
Oct 21 2009 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
Oct 22 2009 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
Oct 23 2009 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
Oct 24 2009 – San Francisco, CA – Sim’s
Oct 25 2009 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Downtown Brew
Oct 27 2009 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
Oct 28 2009 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House
Oct 29 2009 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Oct 30 2009 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
Oct 31 2009 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
Nov 03 2009 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
Nov 04 2009 – Kansas City, MO – Beaumont Club
Nov 05 2009 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
Nov 06 2009 – Chicago, IL – Metro
Nov 07 2009 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre

+ More dates coming soon!

And now a personal note from me to the Souls:

Hey guys I have a great idea.  You should play another show in Cleveland!!! You are going to be so close on 11/07… you might as well!!!  Remember the good times at the Grog Shop earlier this year?  I mean after all you did play two back to back shows…and I was there for one of them.  Come on guys you know you want to.

Those Darlins Release “Red Light Love” Video / Plan Yet Another Tour

I have been pretty good lately about not talking up a storm about Those Darlins but today they released a video for “Red Light Love” and I could not help myself but to share it:

The video was actually directed and illustrated by the band’s very own Jessi Darlin with additional art work by Nikki Darlin and their fearless drummer Sheriff Lin.

The girls announced that they will be getting around this Fall for another string of tour dates. I honestly think I have broken a record seeing these girls live in one year. I am excited as hell for their return too. Just look at all my previous babble about Those Darlins and myself being a junkie for them.

Embarking on another round of tours I think it is safe to say these ladies are getting the credit they deserve. Those Darlins will be playing shows on their own and with special guests throughout the tour including a Halloween show with The Meat Puppets! I wish I could go to that but I am not that big of a Those Darlins junkie…well maybe I am.

Check them out in a town near you or else.

22 – Chattanooga, TN @ JJ’s Bohemia #
26 – Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Shines – Bijou Theatre
28 – Louisville – Ear X-Tacy – in-store – 6pm
29 – Urbana, IL @ University of Illinois Courtyard Café

8 Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop Bar
9 Cleveland, OH @ Case Western Reserve University
10 – Newport, KY – Southgate House
11 – Circleville, OH @ Tootles
12 – Louisville, KY @ Original Highland Festival
17 – Nashville, TN – Americana Music Festival @ Mercy Lounge
18 & 19 – Bristol, VA @ Bristol Roots & Reunion Festival
26 – Cumberland, TN @ Bluegrass Underground ++
28 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel *
9/29 – Atlanta, GA @ The Loft *

1 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Chelsea’s Café *
2 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
3 – Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry’s
8 – Little Rock, AR @ White Water Tavern
9 – Norman, OK @ The Opolis
10 – Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall
12 – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
16 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
18 – Eugene, OR @ Sam Bonds Garage +
20 – San Francisco @ The Rickshaw Stop
22 – LA @ Silverlake Lounge
23 – LA @ Hotel Cafe
25 – Phoenix, AZ @ Modified Arts
27 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
29 – Dallas, TX @ The Cavern
30 – Austin, TX @ The Continental Club
31 – Houston, TX @ The Rudyard **

* W/ Dr. Dog
+ W/Digital Leather
** W/The Meat Puppets (Halloween!)
++ w/Charlie Louvin
# w/Heypenny

For more information about the band or the tour visit their website or their MySpace page. 

Follow them on Twitter too if you are not already: @Those_Darlins