Frank Turner

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Making Of Tape Deck Heart

April 3, 2013

Being down under certainly has its perks – lovely people, lovely weather, lovely scenery, lovely shows… And word on the street (OK then, Facebook) is that it’s been a little, well, less balmy back home lately. Not trying to brag, haha.

Everything is hotting up for the new album, we’re nearly there now people. Incidentally, I know one or two people have been a touch bamboozled by the amount of stuff happening on the site, Twitter, Facebook and so on. Don’t worry, this isn’t an indefinite state of affairs, just making sure everyone is on board for April 22nd.

Anyways. Here’s a behind the scenes video from the making of the album, hopefully it’ll shed some more light on ‘Tape Deck Heart’ and give you a taste of what’s coming.

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Free Download

April 2, 2013

Afternoon one and all – we’ve got an exclusive new track from ‘Tape Deck Heart’ for you courtesy of those fine folks at Amazon.

For a limited time only you can get a free download of ‘Good & Gone’, right here.

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US June Tour – Tickets On General Sale

March 29, 2013

Greetings, compadres, from Australia, on what is shaping up to be an excellent Friday.

Just wanted to let you ladies and gents know that the general sale for my June tour in the US with The Architects, Beans On Toast and The Sleeping Souls is now open.

Click one of the links below to get yours. See you there!

Sat 01 June – Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA

Tue 04 June – Mr. Smalls, Pittsburgh, PA

Thu 06 June – Ram’s Head Live, Baltimore, MD

Fri 07 June – Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Sat 08 June – Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ

Sun 09 June – The Basement, Columbus, OH

Mon 10 June – Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI

Fri 14 June – Deluxe, Indianapolis, IN

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June US Tour – Presale now open

March 27, 2013

If you missed the big news yesterday, fear not – I’ll be hitting the road in the States this summer with
The Sleeping Souls, as well as my buddies The Architects and Beans On Toast!

Tickets are available now for anyone pre-ordering ‘Tape Deck Heart’, click here to get your copy and a unique, exclusive pre-sale code.

Then use the code to access the ticket pre-sale by clicking on one of the dates below.


Sat 01 June – Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA

Tue 04 June – Mr. Smalls, Pittsburgh, PA
Thu 06 June – Ram’s Head Live, Baltimore, MD

Fri 07 June – Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Sat 08 June – Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
Sun 09 June – The Basement, Columbus, OH
Mon 10 June – Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
Fri 14 June – Deluxe, Indianapolis, IN

There’ll be more tickets available on Friday in the general sale, stay tuned for more details on that…

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June US Tour

March 26, 2013

Headed back to the States for a little summer debauchery with The Architects and Beans On Toast!

Sat June 1 – Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA

Tue June 4 – Mr. Smalls, Pittsburgh, PA

Thurs June 6 – Ram’s Head Live, Baltimore, MD

Fri June 7 – Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Sat June 8 – Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ

Sun June 9 – The Basement, Columbus, OH

Mon June 10 – Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI

Fri June 14 – Deluxe, Indianapolis, IN

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Lexapalooza 2013

Old timers on here will know about Lexapalooza, my involvement in it, and what it means to me. For those who missed that part of the story, here’s a brief recap. Lexapalooza is a (nearly) annual music festival that was initially set up in 2006 by my friend Lexi to raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign. It’s a small, friendly, intimate show, with the focus on having a good time and raising cash for a great cause.

Heart-breakingly, Lexi lost her battle with cancer in 2007 (I wrote a song about it), but the festival lives on, now acting as a memorial for her as well as everything else.

This year’s Lexapalooza takes place in London this weekend, on Saturday March 31st, at the Boston Arms in Tufnell Park. More info about the show, the line-up and so on, can be found here.

There are a ton of great bands playing, many old friends of mine (not least Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun), and it’ll be a blast no doubt. It comes with the highest recommendation from me that I can give. Alas I won’t be there (Australia beckons) but if you can make it, you won’t regret it.

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Pre-order ‘Tape Deck Heart’

Greetings everyone, hope you’re all well, hello from Vietnam (I know!). Just over a month left until ‘Tape Deck Heart’ is released, I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am!

You can preorder the new record from iTunes here and get first single ‘Recovery’ sent to you straight away.

Or if physical copies are more your thing, there are some cool little bundles in my online store here.

And finally, I couldn’t really resist, could I? We will be doing a limited run of cassettes of ‘Tape Deck Heart’. You best dust off your walkman! Get the cassette from here.

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Record Store Day Release

March 22, 2013

For those of you who don’t know, Record Store Day is a fantastic event celebrating both record shops and music, and this year it falls on April 20th.

Each year, loads of artists release special vinyls and CDs made exclusively for Record Store Day, and they’re only available in independent record shops.

So to honour the day, I’ll be releasing an exclusive, limited run 7″ of ‘Recovery’ on burgundy vinyl (1000 pressed), complete with the song ‘We Shall Not Overcome’ as a B-side (a song recorded for the album sessions that features on the deluxe edition).

In the meantime, you can find out more about Record Store Day from www.recordstoreday.co.uk!

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Submit Your Tape Deck Art

March 21, 2013

OK people, as some of you may have noticed, the cover art for ‘Tape Deck Heart’ is killer. You may or may not also know that the art was done by the amazing Heather Law, a tattooer friend of mine from Florida. Far from being some big shot illustrator type, she’s someone who once came to a show and gave me some small drawings based on song titles, and I loved them so much I asked her to do the art for the new album.

With that in mind, I thought it might be cool to see what other people have up their artistic sleeves. If you’re feeling creative, have a look through the song titles for the record below and let your mind wander – there are no rules.

If you come up with something cool, stick it on Twitter with the hashtag #tapedeckart (get it?). I’ll be checking them over. The best ones win handwritten, signed lyric sheets for the song. Also, don’t worry, we won’t use anyone’s art for anything more without permission.

Here’s the song titles:

Recovery
Losing Days
The Way I Tend To Be
Plain Sailing Weather
Good & Gone
Tell Tale Signs
Four Simple Words
Polaroid Picture
The Fisher King Blues
Anymore
Oh Brother
Broken Piano

Deadline for this is Friday 31st May.

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Hello New Website!

March 15, 2013

Good morning everyone. As I’m sure you’ve spotted by now, it’s that perennial turning of the seasons today – website overhaul!

Once the unadulterated panic of change has subsided, have a look around. Hopefully everything is where it should be and looks nice and all that kind of thing. I want this site to act, among other things, as an archive of sorts, for past gigs, songs, releases and so on.

We are very much still working on filling out the content right now, so bear with us on that side of things. Hopefully in the next few months it’ll really grow into something good.

If you have comments, suggestions or whatever, please do head to the forum to discuss them. Right, as you were!

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