For the second year in a row, Frank Turner took over London’s famous Roundhouse venue for four nights bringing together a celebration of live music, showcasing new talent and spreading the word on a number of worthy causes. Turner headlines each night, taking a completely different approach each time. It is a sign of Turner’s appeal that every show has totally sold out – including tonight’s ‘Sensible Sunday’ – named after the stripped-back, acoustic nights that London venue Nambucca was famous for. In most other cases, if an artist was to announce beforehand that they were eschewing the hits and playing rarer, more obscure tracks instead, there would be disgruntlement. But Turner and his fans are different to most.
A triumphant return to the political scene after so long lingering in the shadows, Frank Turner is back with with seventh record, Be More Kind, an album which, at it’s very core, preaches nothing but the simple message in its three word title. This is one listen which aims on tackling the largest issues the world faces today: Donald Trump, racism and a disconnection with basic human decency. Throughout the 13 tracks, Frank shares his perceptions of the world and how, despite so much hatred being seen, the day-to-day power of love and kindness gives us glimmers of hope in what seems like a somewhat desolate future.
The ex-Million Dead frontman Frank Turner has just aired the title track from new album Be More Kind, which is due out May 4th via Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records. Turner says, “‘Be More Kind’, is at the heart of the album, both lyrically and musically; when I finished it I could see the rest of the album coming together around it.’’