If you haven’t already, you will soon realise Frank Turner is becoming a bigger, more established artist with a rapidly growing backlog of poetry-punk-esque songs than people give him credit for. From the little English village of Meonstoke, Frank has been busy boy; breaking into the music industry with his post-hardcore band Million Dead. After the band split in 2005, Turner ventured off into his own solo career – backed by The Sleeping Souls. Since then, he has released five albums, and recently kicked ass winning Celebrity Mastermind with his specialist subject being Iron Maiden.
You will have probably heard tracks from the Polaroid Picture EP somewhere before. The title track, a song taken from Turners latest album Tape Deck Heart conveyed with a raw punching honesty, he’s good at that. The EP includes a new song Sweet Albion Blues which is a fast paced, fast talking custom built track with the lyrics ‘don’t go stopping and putting down roots or your shoes won’t fit into your travelling boots’. As well as a few of his own songs, Polaroid Picture includes a Biffy Clyro cover of Who’s Got a Match?, where Turner slows it down with a piano and makes it his own, although in this case, different isn’t always better. Including two more covers from bands Frightened Rabbit (live cover) and The Weakerthans. The Polaroid Picture EP should see fans becoming a little re-energised for his forthcoming European tour, with support from Californian Celtic punks Flogging Molly and Folk singer Beans on Toast.
Words > Sarah Stevens.