Turner's return to Luxembourg
by Sam Steen
English singer songwriter Frank Turner returns for what seems like his annual gig in Luxembourg when he performs at den Atelier this Thursday. The former Million Dead frontman is building up to the release of his latest and sixth solo album and looking forward to what will be a busy festival season.
The new album Positive Songs For Negative People is due out later this summer and Frank says that there will be a very different feel to it after his last, more downbeat LP. ”The last record that I did was called Tape Deck Heart and it was kind of a break up record. It was a bit of a downer of a record for obvious reasons,” he explained. “I was going through some stuff in my personal life at the time and basically I’ve come through the other side of that storm as it were and the idea with this new record is, it’s about picking yourself up again when you’ve fallen down. Hopefully it as a sort of positive vibe to it.”
Along with the obvious difficulties around the break-up Frank was also experiencing some bad press for the first time in his career, not for his music but for his politics as he was accused of being right wing, a fact he strongly denies. But he has come to accept that dealing with this kind of thing will happen and he’ll just have to learn to deal with it: “I’m worried about sounding too martyred about having any bad press. You can’t spend your life running around trying to tell the world who you are and then complain when not everybody likes you. It comes with the territory with being successful,” he said.
Frank Turner is one of the hardest working musicians around and has been on tour or recording almost non-stop for that last few years so much so that in a previous interview with the singer he said that he didn’t even have a home, because being on the road so much made having a place pretty pointless. But that’s another element of his life that has changed and he’s enjoying the new lifestyle, having moved in with a good friend, even if it is taking some getting used to.
“It is quite nice not having my record collection packed away in boxes but it’s funny. Not long after we moved in, we’d been there for a couple of months, and Dave sort of had to tell me to stop living in my room as if I was in a hotel room like. 'You can unpack your suitcase when you’re home!'”
Such a life of touring has obviously given Frank some incredible stories to tell which he recently put to paper. “I wrote a book about touring and my experiences of it which was actually harder to do than I thought it was going to be. It gave me a new found respect for the writers of this world. I think in a sort of blasé fashion I thought it would be really easy to do but it took me quite a lot of time and effort but it went well and it was a best seller so that was nice”, he said. “It’s a sort of a memoir of my time on the road, it starts with the last Million Dead show and goes through to the Wembley gig that I did.”
'My Luxembourgish is still terrible'
Widely regarded as one of the world’s best live performers, people who see Frank play in concert generally go to see him again and the same has been true of his Luxembourg concerts. “It’s a nice thing you know. When I was a kid I had never been to Luxembourg and now I’ve been many times! The first few times I came, the crowds were small and now the crowds are getting bigger and that’s an exciting thing. It’s a sort of tangible progress, you know? My Luxembourgish is still terrible though”, he said.
“The new record is going to be out in the middle of the summer” he said of Positive Songs For Negative People, “which is exciting and once the festival season is done, we’re putting the finishing touches on a world tour to go with it for the end of this year and the start of the next and we’ll be announcing all those dates properly.” As for an exact release date though, he couldn’t be so forthcoming, “I’m not allowed to say unfortunately, we do have a date but I’ve been embargoed from talking about it. But it’s very soon, before the end of the summer.”
Fans though are sure to get a sneak peak/listen to some of the new material at den Atelier this Thursday. If you’ve seen him before, you’re probably already going. If you haven’t seen Frank before, go and thank us later.
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