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Frank Turner


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The evolution of Frank Turner’s solo career has always felt very organic and unforced. Ahead of the release of new album, ‘FTHC’, however you sensed that this may be his biggest sonic leap yet.

If you were to compare ‘FTHC’ to debut album ‘Sleep Is For The Week’ you’d probably conclude that you’d listened to different artists. Well, to an extent you have! The difference is 15 years, 9 albums and literally thousands of shows.

The fact is Turner is a different artist now then he was following the dissolution of his hardcore band Million Dead. Saying that, his road seems to have taken him from his folk beginnings back towards his punk past, and isn’t that just the circle of life.

Turner has often been labelled as Folk Punk and whilst the worlds craving to place a label on everything is tiresome, sometimes these things just fit. It’s perhaps symbolic then that Turner returns to his old school ‘FTHC’ moniker for the album title.

What we are getting at is that this album feels like a rebirth of sorts for Turner. It feels like Turner has stood over a cauldron and mixed a potion using ingredients gathered from each of his previous creations.

Frank Turner – ‘The Gathering’

The resulting concoction is a raucously rebellious yet sublimely poppy record which will get you singing and bouncing along. The early run of ‘Non Serviam’, ‘The Gathering’ and ‘Haven’t Been Doing So Well’ is gloriously manic and sets the tone for the album as a whole.

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Standout moments include ‘Fatherless’, ‘Punches’, ‘The Resurrectionists’ and Scott Hutchison tribute ‘A Wave Across a Bay’. There is plenty here for fans old and new to sink their teeth into and despite being album number 9, ‘FTHC’ is proof that Turner has plenty more in the tank as his evolution continues.

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