Those of you who like their songwriting with more than a dash of hearfelt honesty and dissilusioned maturity could do much worse than check out this songwriter when he plays Montreal tomorrow. English songwriter Frank Turner will play Theatre Corona and without a doubt it will be an amazing performance and a moving show.
Frank Turner was previously known as the frontman of the British post-punk band Million Dead who disbanded in 2005. Moving onwards and upwards Turner then focused his attention on his solo career. Having written and performed solo material prior to the end of Milion Dead, and not wanting the hassle of forming another band he released his first solo E.P Campfire Punkrock. From here his popularity grew and grew.
Spanning four albums, his music has mainly gravitated around acoustic folk while steadily and clearly evolving from outing to outing. The songs are catchy and tight but it is the lyrics which spring out and grab the listener by the ear. Turner writes some of the most honest affecting lyrics which seem to have a universal appeal. The lyrics are what grabbed my attention at first and are the reason a lot of my fellow listeners have formed a close relationship with his music. Franky baby seems to sing what we’re silently thinking over a whiskey on the rocks.
His more recent albums Poetry of the Deed (2008) and last year’s England Keep my Bones have taken on a more optimistic mood but are a testemant to Turner’s musical maturity. His songwriting is as tight as cheese-wire and his lyrics are as subtly beautiful as ever. He will be performing tomorrow evening with his band The Sleeping Souls. You’d be a fool to miss this oppurtunity. Even if you can’t make it to the show, do yourself a favour and check his music out now!
Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls w/Andrew Jackson Jihad & Into It. Over It, Saturday, October 29th, Theatre Corona, 2490 Notre Dame West, 8:30pm, door 7:30, $23.65 in advance, $25.15 the day of the show