I Am Not A Machine

To quote Black Flag, “I am not a machine”. Dammit. Ever since Bonnaroo Festival (back in June) I’ve had a slight issue with my back. As of last weekend, 30 something shows later, it’s become a serious thing, and despite my best efforts to ignore it, bully it into submission or just punk rock through the whole thing, it’s a problem I need to deal with. My doctor has sent me in for a spinal epidural shot tomorrow, which means there is no way I can play at Pukkelpop, Gampel or Highfield Festivals this weekend.

Anyone who knows me even vaguely will know that, as well as being in a fair amount of pain, I’m filled with rage at my puny weakling back for letting me down, not to mention all the people at the shows. I can only humbly apologise. Hopefully I can sort this issue now and going forward I’ll be fine to keep touring til I’m old and gray.

Speaking of the future, people coming to Hatfield, Reading and Leeds need not worry – the shows will go ahead, we are working on a plan, and if I have to do them in a goddamn wheelchair I will. Everyone in my team, from the Sleeping Souls on down, are being really great about making sure that the show goes on. Thanks for your patience and good wishes.

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‘Losing Days’ + US Summer Tour

Hello, friends, from Madison WI, and the last date of this short North American run. We’ve been to lots of new places on this run – Vermont, Rhode Island, not least here, and I’m expecting to spend my afternoon eating cheese and listening to Bon Iver. We’ve also been lucky to share the road with Off With Their Heads and Ben Marwood, a pleasure as always. Parting will be sweet sorrow, tempered by the knowledge that reunion will be a blast somewhere down the trail (case in point: got drunk with Sean from Andrew Jackson Jihad last night in Ann Arbor, which was joyous).

To business! If you haven’t seen the video for Losing Days yet, well, why not? Haha. You can watch it and admire my steely resistance to pain (and my armpit hair) right here. And if that doesn’t sate your lust for, uh, tattoos and body hair, you can check out Ben Morse’s excellent behind-the-scenes video and photographs right here. Enjoy.

Speaking of Ben Morse, the loveable baldy giant has been on tour with me and the Sleeping Souls over on this side of the Atlantic lately. Aside from teaching us how to do stage fighting (seriously, it’s ace), he’s also been taking photographs. Excellent photographs. Have a look for yourself in this gallery here, and if you spot yourself, give yourself a tag.

Egad! The summer is nearly done. Time flies when you’re spending a significant portion of your life on transatlantic flights. We have a few more festivals to go though – catch us at Jurassic Rock (Finland), Pukkelpop (Belgium), Gampel Open Air (Switzerland), Highfield (Germany) and, of course, Reading and Leeds back in the homeland. We also have a warmup show for R&L on the 22nd in Hatfield, which is nearly sold out, so get on those tickets fast if you’re planning on coming.

All of which is a nice way to wrap up what has been a great summer. Thanks to everyone at shows, of course, and we will see you all in Europe or North America before the end of the year (and in other more obvious places after that). Travel safe, give em hell.

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Fall US/Canada Tour

VERY Excited to announce I’m going to be heading back to the States and Canada in October and November for a two month tour. Support will be provided by The Smith Street Band and Koo Koo Kanga Roo, both of whom I’m excited for you to see.

Tickets go on general sale this Friday, but there are some pre-sale tickets available right now! Click here to get yours.

The full listings are below, see you there!

October 04 – Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
October 05 – Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI
October 06 – Wooly’s, Des Moines, IA
October 07 – The Waiting Room, Omaha, NE
October 09 – Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO
October 11 – Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT
October 12 – Hard Rock Live Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
October 14 – The Fonda, Los Angeles, CA
October 15 – House of Blues, San Diego, CA
October 16 – The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
October 18 – The Neptune, Seattle, WA
October 19 – Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR
October 20 – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC
October 22 – MacEwan Ballroom, Calgary, AB
October 23 – The Union Hall, Edmonton, AB
October 25 – Louis’, Saskatoon, SK
October 26 – The Garrick, Winnipeg, MB
October 28 – Varsity Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
October 29 – The Vic, Chicago, IL
October 30 – The Blue Note, Columbia, MO

November 01 – Granada Theater, Dallas, TX
November 02 – Mohawk, Austin, TX
November 04 – Fitzgerald’s, Houston, TX
November 05 – Soul Kitchen, Mobile, AL
November 06 – Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville, FL
November 08 – Culture Room, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
November 09 – Beachum Theatre, Orlando, FL
November 10 – Center Stage Theater, Atlanta, GA
November 12 – The Music Farm, Charleston, SC
November 13 – Jillian’s, Columbia, SC
November 15 – Amos’ Southend, Charlotte, NC
November 16 – The Norva, Norfolk, VA
November 18 – The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
November 19 – Jefferson Theater, Charlottesville, VA
November 20 – The Taft Ballroom, Cincinnati, OH
November 22 – St. Andrew’s Hall, Detroit, MI
November 23 – Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY
November 24 – Calvin Theater, Northampton, MA
November 25 – Upstate Concert Theater, Albany, NY
November 27 – Terminal 5, New York, NY
November 29 – Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
November 30 – House of Blues, Boston, MA

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FTHC Tattoos

Hey everyone. As we all know, there’s a fair few of you lovely people who have got tattoos that are related to the music I make.

That’s awesome – to the point that I want to actually document and celebrate it a little.

I can’t be specific about the plans right now, but if you do have FTHC-related ink, please do get in touch by emailing frankturnerproject@gmail.com.

(Image courtesy of Matt Herring)

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Watch Live Lounge + Listen To Radio 1 Rocks

What a completely insane 48 hours. I took a break from the US tour to make a brief visit to the UK for a couple of radio shows, and then flew back to America to resume duties here. My body clock hates me at the moment.

The reason for my visit to London was to do a Live Lounge session for Sara Cox which was awesome. You can watch me perform ‘The Way I Tend To Be’ here, and also a cover of Foo Fighters’ ‘All My Life’ here. Me and The Sleeping Souls had a lot of fun practicing that one!

Then later that evening I went to the BBC Maida Vale studios to get ready for Radio 1 Rocks. If you missed it, listen again here and watch some photos of me in action too.

Best get some rest now, got a show in Indianapolis tonight. Jetlag, you will not defeat me!

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Radio 1 Live Lounge And Rocks Gig Tomorrow

Just wanted to let you know I’ll be taking a short break from the US tour to come back to the UK this week as there’s plenty happening on home shores. I’ll be doing a Live Lounge session tomorrow for Sara Cox on Radio 1, where I will be playing my new single ‘The Way I Tend To Be’ plus a secret rock cover. Tune in to Radio 1 from 10am (BST).

Then later that evening, I’ll be playing a special gig for Radio 1 Rocks at Maida Vale in London which will be streamed live on Zane Lowe’s show, click here to tune in on Thursday from 8pm (BST).

I’d like some fan participation at the Radio 1 Rocks show, so if there’s a particular song from ‘Tape Deck Heart’ that you want me to play, you can vote on your favourite track here. And if you vote, you’ll automatically be entered into a draw to win a FRANK SAYS DIG t-shirt and a signed FTHC flag.

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Online Store Update

Just wanted to give you a quick update on availability in my online store.

Not many ‘Frank Says Dig’ t-shirts left, so if you want to support my digging cause your best bet would be to order now to avoid disappointment.

The ‘Tape Deck Heart’ plectrums are close to selling out too, be quick if you want to get your hands on those.

If you miss out on the t-shirt and plectrums, don’t forget about the guitar strap and iPhone cover. Pretty nifty if you ask me.

In other news, the US tour has been great so far, The Architects and Beans On Toast have been marvellous company. Got The Dropkick Murphys to look forward to on Sunday in Columbus as well.

Best get back to it, until next time!

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US Instores

Hey folks, I’m in the US on tour with good friends The Architects and Beans On Toast, having a blast so far!

Just wanted to let you know I’ll be performing and signing copies on ‘Tape Deck Heart’ at a couple of instores this week Details below, hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 5th @ 7pm
Performance & Album Signing
1616 Thames St.
Baltimore, MA 21231

Saturday, June 8th @ 4pm
Performance & Album Signing
Vintage Vinyl
51 Lafayette Rd.
Fords, NJ 08863

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NYC Shows

Attention New Yorkers – more tickets have been released for my two sold-out shows in the (second) greatest city on earth this July, at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn.

Are you as excited as I am? Being New Yorkers, probably not. But it’s going to be a great show.

Ticket links below:

July 30, 2013 – [TICKETS]
July 31, 2013 – [TICKETS]

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Frank & Greg James

I popped in to Greg James’ Radio 1 show last Wednesday to revisit an old jingle I wrote him, talk about ‘Tape Deck Heart’, playing the olympics and loads of other bits.

You can listen again on the BBC iPlayer here.

In other radio news, I also picked a few tracks for Xfm here and played live in session for Absolute Radio’s Geoff Lloyd here.

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