British Hero Frank Turner Releases Candid Documentary
English folk-punk troubadour Frank Turner has had no time to recover from the popularity of his latest single, “Recovery.” A sold-out Wembley Arena show and performing at the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics only added to the madness. But Turner’s latest confessional clip isn’t a new music video; rather, it’s a documentary film, The Way I Tend to Be, masterminded by his good friend and Road to Wembley directer, Greg Nolan.
In the 16-ish minute movie, Turner eloquently talks about his musical journey. It starts from when he was a young lad sneaking out to purchase music magazines (instead of porn like his peers) to the infamous Nanbucca club, a pivotal part of the West London folk music scene, where his hardcore/punk roots were revolutionized.
Turner talks about the “appeal of punk rock and the kind of defiance and the rage and the rejection of society” that appealed to him. As he got older, he became very loyal to his British roots, saying that it’s time for “Anglo-cana” to become the new Americana.
Primarily, Turner’s message in the documentary is to simply make some “noise” and disregard obstacles. He did that when he proved acoustic guitar music didn’t have to be sappy.
“You can create the type of person you want to be,” says the singer-songwriter. “You’re not condemned by your background or your start or whatever.”
Turner is set to release his fifth studio album, Tape Deck Heart, on April 23. The record release will be followed by an American tour, which kicks off on June 1 in Lancaster, PA. Find ticket details at Turner’s official website.
Frank Turner U.S. Tour Dates
June 1 – Lancaster, PA, Chameleon Club
June 4 – Pittsburgh, PA, Mr. Smalls
June 6 – Baltimore, MD, Ram’s Head Live
June 7 - Philadelphia, PA, Underground Arts
June 8 – Asbury Park, NJ, Stone Pony
June 9 – Columbus, OH, The Basement
June 10 – Milwaukee, WI, Turner Hall Ballroom
June 14 – Indianapolis, IN, Deluxe @ Old National Centre
June 15 – Manchester, TN, Bonnaroo Festival
July 26 – Poughkeepsie, NY, The Chance
July 27 – Newport, RI, Newport Folk Fest
July 28 – Portland, ME, Port City Music Hall
July 30 – Brooklyn, NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg
July 31 – Brooklyn, NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg
Aug 2 – Burlington, VT, Higher Ground
Aug 3 – Montreal, QC, Osheaga Festival
Aug 5 – Ann Arbor, MI, Blind Pig
Aug 6 – Madison, WI, The Majestic
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