REVEALS NEW VIDEO FOR ‘LITTLE CHANGES’ - NEW ALBUM ‘BE MORE KIND’ OUT NOW!

Frank Turner is sharing ‘Little Changes’, the latest new track lifted from his forthcoming album Be More Kind, due out throughXtra Mile Recordings/Polydor on 4th May 2018. The new track arrives close on the tail of Turner’s recently announced Be More Kind 2019 tour, a string of arena dates which will include London’s Alexandra Palace on 3rd February 2019 - see below for details and tickets

One of Turner’s personal favourites from Be More Kind, the nucleus of ‘Little Changes’ was formed in part by his own experience of the positive impact of cognitive behavioural therapy. Speaking about the track, Frank says; “It started out as a simple folk song about relationships, in particular drawing on my experiences with CBT therapy in the last couple of years - the idea of trying to make small, practical adjustments to your life, which can add up to something significant. Over time, the music grew in a really interesting, early 80s pop direction, and the metaphor of the lyric grew into something more expansive.”

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BE MORE KIND 2019 - WORLD TOUR

JANUARY
22nd Birmingham Arena
25th Manchester Victoria Warehouse
27th Leeds          First Direct Arena
29th Glasgow      02 Academy

 

FEBRUARY

1st  Bournemouth Windsor Hall
2nd Cardiff           Motorpoint Arena
3rd London           Alexandra Palace

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REVEALS NEW TRACK 'MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN' - OUT NOW FROM NEW ALBUM ‘BE MORE KIND’ - COMING MAY 4th

 

Frank Turner is sharing ‘Make America Great Again’, the latest new track to emerge from his forthcoming albumBe More Kind, which was today’s“World Record” on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show. Available through Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records,‘Make America Great Again’ is a wry riposte to the poisonous invective of Trump’s White House, with Turner’s knack for an irrepressible hook bolstered here by the hints of electronic pop which tinge Be More Kind. 

 

‘Make America Great Again’ arrives alongside a new video which Frank recently shot on the streets of Austin, Texas whilst performing at this year’s SXSW Festival, conducting his own vox pop on what Americans feel truly makes their country great - watch here   Speaking about the new track, Frank says: "This is obviously one of the more provocatively-titled songs I've released in recent years, but in a way, I'm not kidding. America is bloody great, one of my favourite countries in the world. Much like back at home, they've had a politically fraught time of late, and I wanted to say something about it. And for the video, I thought I'd make some new friends (in Texas!) to help out with the suggestions."


Be More Kind represents a thematic and sonic line in the sand for the 36-year-old. “I wanted to try and get out of my comfort zone and do something different,” says Turner. 
After the stripped-down, live-sounding previous album Positive Songs…, Turner wanted to try a new approach for the record. With this in mind he recruited producers Austin Jenkins and Joshua Block, formerly of psychedelic-rock Texans White Denim, and Florence And The Machine and Halsey collaborator Charlie Hugall and the idea of recording a more rock-led album with tints of electronic-pop took shape. Be More Kind was made over a period of seven months, giving Turner the opportunity to turn songs on their head, try different versions and shake up the dynamics within his band. 

Be More Kind was inspired by a Clive James poem called Leçons Des Ténèbres: “I should have been more kind. It is my fate. To find this out, but find it out too late.” “It devastated me the first time I read it,” he says. “A lot of older, wiser people tend to say things like that, that the things that come out in the wash at the end of a human life are the way you treated the people around you. In the modern world, that’s a lesson that all of us, myself included could do to learn.” 

Turner recently announced the Be More Kind World Tour which will begin in April, with its first leg playing to over 200,000 people across the UK, the USA, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, taking them through to Christmas. The first batch of announcements covers 120 dates. 

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 NEW ALBUM 'BE MORE KIND'

RELEASED MAY 4TH 2018  NEW TRACK ' BE MORE KIND ' AVAILABLE NOW 

UK TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

Frank Turner has announced details of his forthcoming seventh studio album. Be More Kind will be released on May 4th through Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records. Months after the release of Songbook, a career-spanning retrospective which also saw reworked versions of tracks from across the past decade, Be More Kind represents a thematic and sonic line in the sand for the 36-year-old. It’s a record that combines universal anthems with raw emotion and the political and the personal, with the intricate folk and punk roar trademarks of Turner’s sound imbued with new, bold experimental shades. Be More Kind has been produced by Austin Jenkins and Joshua Block, formerly of psychedelic-rock Texans White Denim, and Florence And The Machine and Halsey collaborator Charlie Hugall. “I wanted to try and get out of my comfort zone and do something different,” says Turner.

 
Turner was halfway through writing a very different sort of album, a concept record about women from the historical record who had been ignored, when he was reading a collection of Clive James’ poetry and one particular line compelled him to re-think his direction. It was from a poem called Leçons Des Ténèbres: “I should have been more kind. It is my fate. To find this out, but find it out too late.” “It devastated me the first time I read it,” he says. “A lot of older, wiser people tend to say things like that, that the things that come out in the wash at the end of a human life are the way you treated the people around you. In the modern world, that’s a lesson that all of us, myself included could do to learn.”
 
Turner and his band, the Sleeping Souls, were on tour in the USA in 2016 “when the world decided to go collectively nuts” and the songs that make up Be More Kind started to come together. “Somewhere in the record, there’s a convergence of the ideas of personal and political, which is a central theme of the album,” Turner says. One of the driving themes of the album is empathy, even for your enemy. “You should at least be able to inhabit the mental universe of the people you disagree with. If you can’t do that, then how do you communicate with people other than through force of arms, which is something we all agree is a bad idea.” Behind some of the best songs of Turner’s career is the idea that
the human race needs to find better ways of disagreeing than screaming each other down. Turner’s last two records, 2013’s Tape Deck Heart and 2015’s Positive Songs For Negative People, dealt with the fallout from a break-up and saw Turner struggling to cover the cracks in his personal life. Now happily in a relationship and living with his partner and their cat, he again set his sights to the bigger picture.
 
The first track to be released from Be More Kind is 1933, a clattering, state-of-the-nation anthem. Furious and direct, it’s inspired by articles Turner saw that suggested the alt-right was punk rock. “That filled me with a mixture of incredulity and anger,” says Turner. “The idea that Breitbart or Steve Bannon think they have anything to do with punk rock makes me extremely angry.” The other theme in the track is summed up by the line, “If I was one of the greatest generation/I’d be pissed/I’d be screaming at my grandkids/that we already did this.” “These ideas are surfacing again that collectively as a species we’ve already shot down,” says Turner.
 
After the stripped-down, live-sounding Positive Songs…, Turner wanted to try a new approach for the record. Originally, he contacted Jenkins and Block at their Niles City Sound studio in Fort Worth, Texas with the idea of recording a white soul album in the vein of Dexys Midnight Runners. He found they were equally enthusiastic when he changed his mind and decided he wanted to record a more rock-led album with tints of electronic-pop. “I have an obscure corner of my music taste where I’m into glitch electronic music and Warp Records,” says Turner. “It’s not an electronic record but I got into arpeggiator synths.” Positive Songs… was cut in nine, intense days whereas Be More Kind was made over a period of seven months, giving Turner the opportunity to turn songs on their head, try different versions and shake up the dynamics within his band.
 
Now he just has to work out how they are going to play them live. The Be More Kind World Tour will begin in April, with its first leg playing to over 200,000 people across the UK, the USA, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, taking them through to Christmas. Turner promises that 2019 will include visits to some “slightly more weird and wonderful places.” “My days of being engaged in an arms race to be the hardest touring musician in the universe are behind me now,” he says. “We’re going to tour hard but come home regularly in the middle of it.” The first batch of announcements covers 120 dates. Some old habits die hard. These are songs that demand to be heard and Frank Turner is packed and ready to go.
 

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