Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls
w/ The Smith Street Band &
Koo Koo Kanga Roo
6212 Maple St.
8 p.m.; $15 ADV / $17 DOS
In a review for his last album, NME magazine described British singer-songwriter Frank Turner as “the people’s prince of punk poetry.” But Turner’s lyrics can be quite personal as well. His lastest album, Tape Deck Heart — and the lead single, “Recovery” — is about as confessional as they come. “I write autobiographically,” Turner admitted in a recent NPR interview. “I’ve tried writing fiction in songs and I’m rubbish at it; I find it very difficult to find anything meaningful to say if I’m making it up. [‘Recovery’ is] a song about being at the bottom of the barrel and trying to kind of get out of there, somehow.” The English folk/punk singer-songwriter from Meonstoke, Hampshire, was initially the vocalist of post-hardcore band Million Dead. Turner embarked on a primarily acoustic-based solo career following the band’s split in 2005. Both in the studio and during live performances, Turner is accompanied by his backing band, The Sleeping Souls, which consists of Ben Lloyd (guitar, mandolin), Tarrant Anderson (bass), Matt Nasir (piano) and Nigel Powell (drums). To date, Turner has released five solo albums, two rarities compilation albums, one split album and five EPs. Turner’s fifth studio album, Tape Deck Heart was released in April. For an up close and personal interview with Turner, go to www.thereader.com.