Frank Turner continued his US tour with a stop in our nations capital on Wendnesday night. The event, which had sold out weeks earlier had an at-capacity crowd who eagerly awaited him at Washington D.C.’s famous 9:30 Club, which has been voted one of America’s best music venues.
To describe Frank Turner is like trying to describe a gypsy in a punk rock band. The hybrid of folk and punk definitely can be filed in with the likes of earlier Against Me!, or maybe The Gaslight Anthem. Its kind of like Bob Dylan got smacked upside the head by Tim Armstrong. That said, Frank Turner’s style isn’t constrained to simply the “folk” or “Punk” genres.
Turner and company tore through a 22 track set, taking tracks from all 5 of his studio albums, including his latest effort, Tape Deck Heart. Also included in the set was a couple of new tracks, titled “One Love, Forty Down”, “Get Better”, and another track that I’ll get to later. Backed by his band the The Sleeping Souls, who are made up of Ben Lloyd (guitar, mandolin), Matt Nasir (piano), Tarrant Anderson (bass), and Nigel Powell (drums), they seamlessly rocked through the entire set. These guys sound great live, almost like you’re listing to a CD. You can tell they are very well practiced, and that they feel at home one stage. It was like they have played these songs 1000 times, played the 9:30 Club 1000 times, and played for this crowd 1000 times.
The stage presence that Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls have is amazing. Its undeniable that they love what they’re doing, and just as importantly, who they’re doing it for. From the moment the group took the stage, the energy in the room was elevated. By the time the group got into their second song, “Plain Sailing Weather”, the crowd was already bouncing. This energy never let up, even when Frank took the stage himself after about 10 or so songs. He played a couple of the softer songs, easily captivating the sold out crowd, just him and his guitar. After a couple of solo tunes, the band rejoined him on stage about halfway through “I Am Dissappeared. They continued to play a mix of old and newer tracks, and ended the set with the radio friendly hit “Recovery” which was great in my opinion.
Although, the most special moment of the night came when Frank came back for his encore. The club’s sound techs had set up some additional microphones, and Frank took the stage again, alone. He went on to explain his relationship with Josh Burdette, a 16 year employee of the 9:30 Club, who passed away suddenly on September 1st, 2013. He spoke kind words of the last time he’d seen Josh, at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland, when Josh had offered someone a ride home after Frank’s show that night. Then, in probably the best way anyone could honor Josh, Frank proceeded to play a song, currently untitled, which was recorded live, right in the heart of the club that Josh Burdette loved.
These guys are incredible live. Do yourself a favor, and get some tickets before the shows sell out. FTHC is alive and well, no doubt about it. Find out more about Frank Turner and The Sleepless Souls over at Facebook or Twitter. You can also get all the info you need, including where you can purchase tickets over on Frank’s website.
Plain Sailing Weather
Peggy Sang The Blues
Try This At Home
I Knew Prufrock Before He Was Famous
Reasons Not To Be An Idiot
One Love, Forty Down
The Way I Tend To Be
Worse Things Happen At Sea
I Am Dissappeared
On Foot Before The Other
If I Ever Stray
Long live The Queen
Untitled (Josh Burdette Tribute)
I Still Believe
Four Simple Words
Upcoming Tour Dates
USA – Fri 06 Jun 2014 – Morrison CO – Red Rocks – (Duo, w/ John Butler Trio)
USA – Sat 07 Jun 2014 – Kansas City MO – Crossroads – (Duo, w/ John Butler Trio)
USA – Sun 08 Jun 2014 – New York NY – Governor’s Ball – (Full Band)
NO – Thu 12 Jun 2014 – Bergen – Bergen Fest – (Full Band)
LU – Sat 14 Jun 2014 – Luxembourg – Fete de la Musique – (Full Band)
UK – 19 – 29 Jun 2014 – United Kingdom – Mongol Horde UK Tour
UK – Sat 05 Jul 2014 – Knebworth – Sonisphere Festival – (Full Band)
ES – Fri 11 Jul 2014 – Bilbao – BBK Live – (Full Band)
UK – Sat 12 Jul 2014 – Abersock – Wakestock Festival – (Full Band)
UK – Fri 18 Jul 2014 – Salisbury – Larmer Tree Festival – (Full Band)
DE – Sun 20 Jul 2014 – Cuxhaven – Deichbrand Festival – (Full Band)
AU – Fri 25 Jul 2014 – Klagenfurt – Acoustic Lakeside Festival – (Solo)
DE – Sat 26 Jul 2014 – Karlsruhe – Das Fest – (Full Band)
DE – Sun 27 Jul 2014 – Viersen – Eier Mit Speck Festival – (Full Band)
UK – Fri 01 Aug 2014 – Standon – Standon Calling Festival – (Full Band)
UK – Sat 02 Aug 2014 – Kendal – Kendal Calling Festival – (Full Band)
UK – Sun 03 Aug 2014 – Derbyshire – Y-Not Festival – (Full Band)
DE – Sun 10 Aug 2014 – Eschwege – Open Flair Festival – (Full Band)
BE – Thu 14 Aug 2014 – Hasselt – Pukkelpop – (Full Band)
DE – Fri 15 Aug 2014 – Stormhalter See – Highfield Festival – (Full Band)
CH – Sat 16 Aug 2014 – Gampel – Gampel Open Air Festival – (Full Band)
DE – Wed 20 Aug 2014 – Hamburg – Crash Fest – (Full Band)
UK – Sun 14 Sep 2014 – London – On Blackheath Festival – (Full Band)
UK – Sun 21 Sep 2014 – Looe – Looe Music Festival – (Full Band)
USA – Fri 13 Mar 2015 – Miami FL – Salty Dog Cruise – (Full Band, w/ Flogging Molly)