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Indie Underground Hour 5-06-13
The National – Don’t Swallow The Cap (Trouble Will Find Me, 4AD) Frank Turner – Recovery (Tape Deck Heart, Epitaph/Interscope) The Replacements – I’m Not Sayin’ (Songs For Slim, New West) Telekinesis – Power Lines (Dormarion, Merge) Phoenix – Trying To Be Cool (Bankrupt!, Glassnote) !!! – Fine Fine Fine (Thr!!!er, Warp) The Weeks – Dear Bo Jackson (Dear Bo Jackson, Serpents & Snakes) Father John Misty – Nancy From Now On (Fear Fun, Sub Pop) Daughter – Human (If You Leave, Glassnote) Shuggie Otis – Miss Pretty (Inspiration Information, Epic) Marnie Stern – East Side Glory (The Chronicles Of Marnia, Kill Rock Stars) Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito (Mosquito, Interscope) Guided By Voices – Islands (She Talks In Rainbows) (English Little League, GBV Inc)
For three long and often lonely years of life on the road, plying a brand of honest and passionate folk/punk, Frank Turner continued to rise to prominence with an ever increasing following. But it was in the sweaty climes of the Lock Up Stage at Reading and Leeds 2008 that his solo career really started to take off. Inside the packed out tents, heaving with adoring fans and intrigued passers-by, Frank led the congregation in a mass sing-a-long; a stirring set that not only sparked the interest of the British mainstream but resonated unassumingly across the pond as a wealth of American punk bands watched approvingly from the sidelines.
No stranger to the festival, Frank had not only played the Lock Up Tent with former hardcore band Million Dead back in 2005 but also as a tentative solo artist in 2007 when debut album ‘Sleep Is For The Week’ was just an underground success. Within the following year, Frank’s popularity grew with yet more touring and the release of second album ‘Love Ire & Song’ in March 08. He started to play larger headline shows and develop the live band that he was looking for.
The profits of all his hard work came together that festival weekend; it kicked started a new wave of interest and thanks to the unwavering support from Radio 1 DJs Mike Davies and Steve Lamacq, the rest of Radio 1 began to follow suit. Soon enough when Frank’s single ‘Long Live The Queen’ – taken from ‘Love Ire & Song’ – was released in October, it made the R1 C-list, was Single Of The Week on Sara Cox’s show and helped sell out Frank’s largest UK headline tour culminating in a bursting-over-capacity-finale at London’s Scala. The following single ‘Reasons Not To Be An Idiot’ released in January of this year eclipsed those successes by graduating to the R1’s B-list, 6Music’s A-list and XFM’s daytime playlist, prompted a Live Lounge session for Sara Cox, a Hub Session for George Lamb as well as making iTunes Single Of The Week all helping to recruit a new army of Frank followers.
Why is this guy not huge in the U.S.? He is literally playing in front of thousands of people in Europe… and he is opening for Drop Kick Murphys in March at a CLUB here in Nashville. I can’t wait for this.
Frank Turner – I Am Disappeared
Frank Turner – I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous
Frank Turner – Long Live The Queen
There are plenty more great songs, but that’s a good start I think. Enjoy