Frank Turner never stops. After being in the ‘biz for over a decade, he’s established himself as one of the world’s fave singer-songwriters and definitely one of the hardest working. Now in the studio working on his seventh (that’s right, seventh!) album, he’s managed to find the time to drop his latest offering Songbook, which is a collection of some of his absolute favourite tracks.
Not letting him catch a break (soz, Frank), following the release of Songbook we were curious to know what some of his all-time go-to songs were. From Girli to Converge, we got the fantastic artist to tell us a bit about the songs he’s obsessed with atm, and there’s something for everyone. Tune in now…
The Homeless Gospel Choir – “Normal”
Derek is an old touring buddy, but with his new album he’s absolutely outdone himself, an instant punk rock classic.
Arkells – “Knocking At The Door”
These guys are huge in Canada – we’ve toured with them there. They deserve to be massive everywhere, one of the best bands I know.
Girli – “Hot Mess”
I’ve only recently come across her stuff but it’s awesome, angry feminist pop with a dose of The Streets thrown in.
Seán MacGowan – “Costa Del Solution”
Seán is a friend from back home, Southampton way. He’s always upping his game and making amazing new music. This is from his recent “Xtra Mile” EP.
Amanda Shires – “Harmless”
I’ve been lucky enough to do some shows with Amanda this year. She’s a great songwriter, and this is a wonderful example of that.
Emily Barker – “Sister Goodbye”
Emily’s recent Memphis record is a great new twist on her sound, and I love the Rosetta Tharpe theme of this song.
Converge – “Under Duress”
I’m a long-standing Converge fan. Every time they release something new, I worry that the intensity will slacken off somehow, and every time I’m proved wrong.
Jason Isbell – “If We Were Vampires”
Jason is simply one of the best songwriters alive right now. This track broke my heart the first time I ever heard it.
Jon Boden – “Moths In The Gaslight”
Jon’s been a leading light of the British folk scene for years. His new solo record is slightly different, but still a beautiful work.
Felix Hagan – “Kiss The Misfits”
Who doesn’t love Felix? He’s doing something totally original, unashamedly unique, irresistably pop.