Gig preview: Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls at Unity Works, Wakefield

Frank Turner. Picture: Mark Bickerdike
Frank Turner. Picture: Mark Bickerdike
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Frank Turner is well known, not for just being an outstanding musician and song writer, but also for his views on live music and the industry as it stands today.

I guess, it would probably be safe to say that even if you don’t appreciate his music, he is an outstanding role model and leader.

The YEP managed to catch up with him briefly to talk about his latest musical offering and his current tour.

“The Tape Deck album came out at the back end of last year so we are touring that at the moment, but also, we are in the studio come October to make a new album, but one of the main purposes of this tour, other than to try and entertain people, is that I am going to be playing a lot of the new material live, so we will be rolling straight off of the tour and in to the studio.

“I find with playing a new song live, it gives you a different angle on it rather than just playing with it in the studio, and I just really want the opportunity to let the new stuff breathe in a live environment before making a really good sounding album.”

The last album was recorded in Los Angeles, so I wanted to know if Frank was going to stick to the winning formula, or was he going to mix things up a bit? “Unfortunately that is still an ongoing conversation, but I can confirm that we will be recording in the UK this time. The Sleeping Souls (the band behind Frank Turner) will be recording this album with me, as they did on the last couple of albums. I wouldn’t want to play with any other musicians or another band as they are an integral part of what I do.

“The model for me was always the E Street Band, you know, it’s my material, and my name on the masters but it’s also not just a bunch of random hired hands, it’s the same band that it has been for the last six years.”

Frank’s solo musical career has spanned the last 10 years, and it seems to have flown by. “Yeah, the decade is fast approaching and that is scary. Saying that, that is only my solo career, before that I was touring with a couple of other bands, so I have been touring since ’98, really. Don’t get me wrong, it has definitely been a lot of hard work, but it certainly has been rewarding.”

September 28, Unity Works, Wakefield, 7pm, £22.50. http://www.seetickets.com/event/frank-turner-and-the-sleeping-souls/unity-works/804804

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