From punk and metal to acoustic folk, Frank Turner has carved an unusual furrow on his musical odyssey. Born in Hampshire, he first fronted the post-hardcore band Million Dead, before deciding to go it alone and change his direction almost completely.
Turner’s solo work, encompassing albums such as Sleep is for the Week, Tape Deck Heart, and England Keep My Bones, combines clever wordplay with almost skeletal guitar work. However, that’s not to say that there isn’t room for upbeat tracks. Love and Ire Song, like much of Turner’s work, deals with an emotional subject but with a throw-your-arm-around-your-mate swagger. An ardent favourite among his fans, it’s rarely left out of his live sets.
Always honest and unflinchingly direct, Turner somehow never sounds bitter or negative. Instead, what you’re left with is a rousing sense of a shared experience, whether you’re listening to a CD on your own or a live set as part of an audience.