Frank Turner announce ‘Be More Kind’, shares ‘1933’

Frank Turner has announced details of his forthcoming seventh studio album. Be More Kind will be released on May 4th through Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records. Months after the release of Songbook, a career-spanning retrospective which also saw reworked versions of tracks from across the past decade, Be More Kind represents a thematic and sonic line in the sand for the 36-year-old. It’s a record that combines universal anthems with raw emotion and the political and the personal, with the intricate folk and punk roar trademarks of Turner’s sound imbued with new, bold experimental shades. Be More Kind has been produced by Austin Jenkins and Joshua Block, formerly of psychedelic-rock Texans White Denim, and Florence And The Machine and Halsey collaborator Charlie Hugall. “I wanted to try and get out of my comfort zone and do something different,” says Turner.

Alongside details of the album, Frank has shared the Radio X-playlisted and 6Music/Radio 2-supported single ‘1933’ – listen at this link here. The track is inspired by articles Turner had come across that posit the idea that the alt-right is punk rock. “That filled me with a mixture of incredulity and anger,” says Turner. “The idea that Breitbart or Steve Bannon think they have anything to do with punk rock makes me extremely angry.”

Inspired by a line from a Clive James poem – “I should have been more kind. It is my fate. To find this out, but find it out too late” – ‘Be More Kind’ captures Turner reconciling the personal with the political. Says Frank; “A lot of older, wiser people tend to say things like that, that the things that come out in the wash at the end of a human life are the way you treated the people around you. In the modern world, that’s a lesson that all of us, myself included could do to learn.”

BE MORE KIND TOUR – UK & IRELAND DATES:
APRIL
13th Manchester Academy
15th Dublin The Academy
18th Belfast The Limelight
20th Aberdeen The Garage
21st Edinburgh Liquid Room
22nd Newcastle O2 Academy
24th Sheffield O2 Academy
25th Liverpool O2 Academy
27th Bristol O2 Academy
28th Exeter Uni Great Hall
30th Cambridge Corn Exchange

MAY
1st Southampton Guildhall 01/05/2018
2nd Southend Cliffs Pavilion 02/05/2018
4th Leicester O2 Academy 04/05/2018
5th Oxford O2 Academy 05/05/2018
8th Hull City Hall
9th Norwich UEA

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