Release Date: Sep 8, 2009
Record label: Epitaph
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
The title tracks is built on one of those terrific rock hooks you can't get out of your head after you've heard it once. Turner's voice is on the same level as the instrumental din, and the banging one-chord piano riff sounds like something off a Mott the Hoople record from the '70s. There's softer material here as well: Turner hasn't forgotten his acoustic roots at all; he's just learned to weave them through his love of rock & roll.
Frank Turner made the most of his time at South by Southwest 2009. Kicking things off early in the festival with a 10-song set at the British Music Embassy showcase, Turner got the crowd to forget their free BBQ and beer, and generated a buzz that only got louder after the Jail Guitar Doors showcase on Friday night. Scheduled at the end of sets by Howard Eliott Payne, Beans on Toast, Hey Negrita, Otis Gibbs, and Ed Harcourt, Turner ran out of time before he really even got a chance to get started.
“We can never sell out because we never bought in” yells Frank Turner on his latest album's opening track. There is sincerity in his voice, but it's difficult to avoid thinking that this particular lyric says more than he might have anticipated. For one thing, this is an explicit acknowledgement that he is no longer the radical that fronted Million Dead.