Punk/Folkie Frank Turner Bound For Phoenix
Englishman Crosses Pond To Bring Aggressive Acoustic Performances To The American Masses
Frank Turner performs inside Amoeba Records in Hollywood Calif. Image by freeloosedirt, and used under the terms of the Creative Commons Share-Alike 2.0 license.
By Brad Hamilton
Modern Times Magazine
Sept. 21, 2011 — Spawned from hardcore punk, but now totally ensconced in acoustic music, the U.K.’s Frank Turner has made a career of bridging the gap between the two genres while forging his own style.
His latest album, England Keep My Bones, released earlier this summer, is sitting at No. 12 on the U.K. charts, but Turner has yet to find much commercial success here in the U.S. He is hoping to change that with a slew of concerts throughout the U.S. through the fall, including a Phoenix show at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 10 at The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.
Tickets for the all-ages show are $12 with advanced purchase, $15 at the door and are available at Zia, Stinkweeds, Hoodlums and The Kollective.com.
Visit the official Frank Turner website.
Turner might not be selling loads of albums or singles in the U.S., but his admirers include Brett Gurewitz, CEO of US independent label Epitaph Records and Bad Religion’s legendary guitarist. He has toured with Less Than Jake, The Offspring, Chuck Ragan, Tim Barry, Fake Problems and New Jersey boys The Gaslight Anthem.
He has even played such big U.S. festivals as Coachella and SXSW.
After rising to tempered prominence with his former hardcore punk band, Million Dead, Turner switched to acoustic punk soon after and has been evolving ever since. He found his breakthrough in the 2008 Reading and Leeds events, when BBC Radio 1 DJs Mike Davies and Steve Lamacq began to promote him. He was soon playing headline tours.
Known as an intimate performer, the cozy digs at The Rhythm Room should be a perfect match with his ‘regular-guy’ persona. Those attending should not be surprised if Turner leads them in a melody performed with air harmonicas.
Or, he might completely abandon the amplifiers and still blow them away.
Brad Hamilton is a freelance writer that lives in Tempe.