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DS Exclusive: Frank Turner plays his biggest North American show to date, w/Arkells, The Bouncing Souls (Boston, MA)

Frank Turner wound down the North American touring run in support of his 2015 full-length, Positive Songs For Negative People, in a big, big way; by headlining the Agganis Arena in his adopted American hometown of Boston, Massachusetts. Turner has played the greater Boston area an awful lot over the last decade, and this particular night, Turners 2031st show as a solo artist, marked his biggest headlining show in the Western Hemisphere to date. It doesn’t exactly reek of journalistic credibility to insert yourself and your outlet into a story, but, well, this is 2017 America. Here at Dying Scene, we’ve covered Frank Turner perhaps more extensively than most other artists over the last half-dozen years, and in some ways Dying Scene’s increase in readership has mirrored Turner’s own increase in listenership on this side of “the pond.” It’s not a 1-to-1 causal relationship, mind you, just a reflection on our similar paths; we’ve caught up with him at record store performances and small club shows and large club shows to opening for bands like Dropkick Murphys and manning afternoon sets at larger festivals. So it was with great pleasure (and perhaps more than a little pride) that we got the chance to take in the events of the evening as Turner and his high-powered backing band, The Sleeping Souls, did their best to blow the roof off the not-quite-capacity 7200-seat arena located on the campus of Boston University.

Okay, back to the regularly scheduled, full-journalistic-integrity portion of the recap. Turner took the stage promptly at 9:20pm accompanied by only an acoustic guitar and started in alone on the first few verses of his newest track, “The Sand In The Gears,” before being joined by the remainder of the Sleeping Souls (Ben Lloyd on guitar, Nigel Powell on drums, Tarrant Anderson on bass and Felix Hagan, filling in for new father Matt Nasir on keys/mandolin/tambourine/etc) for the song’s group singalong outro. From there, as you might imagine the bulk of the set’s remaining twenty songs drew from Turner’s three most recent — and most popular — albums; Positive Songs…, 2013’s Tape Deck Heart, and of course, 2011’s breakthrough, England Keep My Bones, though even half-dozen older tracks turned in to rousing, full-audience singalongs as well. Frank Turner fans are notably passionate and rowdy, and the increased scope of the venue didn’t seem to invite very many casual fans; yours truly did several laps around the floor and the seating areas and found nary an ass in their proverbial seat for the bulk of the evening.

No doubt because of his increased popularity in Europe, but Turner didn’t seem overwhelmed by the size of the venue; appreciative and in awe, maybe, but not overwhelmed. While Turner’s roots remain very firmly planted in his love of punk and hardcore and metal, the energy that Turner and his band have always played with are perfectly suited to play to the very back of even the largest venue, performing as though it’s their duty to keep even those in the cheap seats out of their…well…seats. Before the night was over, the set would feature a full-venue “wall of hugs” (think a metal show’s ‘wall of death,’ only with much less death), opener Will Varley circling the venue and selfie-ing with the people in the top of the back row before taking a celebratory Jameson shot with Turner, and the frontman himself crowd-surfing for the bulk of show-closer “Four Simple Words.” As Turner himself pointed out, some of these efforts might seem like (and were, in fact) typical arena rock frontman hijinks, but they have an effect of engaging everybody in the process. Rock shows are, by definition, communal, celebratory events, and Turner and his mates have perfected the art of taking their responsibility to the audience seriously while conversely not taking themselves too seriously at all.

New Jersey punk veterans The Bouncing Souls served as direct support for this particular night, their only night on the Frank Turner tour, and their first Boston show since the release of their 2016 full-length, Simplicity. The Souls have conquered stages across the globe for more than a quarter-century, so they certainly seemed right at home on the Agganis’ large stage. The band ripped through eighteen songs in their forty-ish minute set, kicking things off with “That Song,” from 2001’s How I Spent My Summer Vacation. From a strictly sonic perspective, straight-forward one-guitar punk rock doesn’t necessarily translate well to a large hockey arena, as the sound tends to come across as loud and muddy. That seemed to be the case for the first half of the Souls’ set on this night, although things certainly improved from there. And the four-piece certainly had more than their fair share of amped up fans in attendance, with traditional favorites like “Sing Along Forever,” “Anchors Aweigh,” “Lean On, Sheena” and, of course, “True Believers,” inspiring gang chantalongs from all points (the latter featuring an unannounced, stealth-style on stage appearance from Boston punk legend Mike McColgan on guest vocals).

Arkells had been touring alongside Turner on the bulk of this run, and while they weren’t direct support on this particular evening, they certainly could have been. The Hamilton, Ontario-based five-piece hit the ground running from the first notes of set-opener “A Little Rain (A Song For Pete).” This is the first time that Arkells have graced the pages of Dying Scene, and their power-pop sound is outside the traditional scope of Dying Scene’s coverage spectrum, but their high energy, politically-charged set filled with positivity and unity was perfect for the evening’s overall theme. Arkells frontman Max Kerman rivals Turner’s own energy, and he had propelled himself onto the railing and into the crowd before the first chorus of the set’s aforementioned first song. If you’re a fan of Turner’s brand of arena folk-rock (and we are) and have a penchant for modern rock radio bands like Twenty One Pilots and Catfish and the Bottlemen, give them a Google.

With apologies to show-opener and frequent Turner tour mate Will Varley, the scope of the setting and the check-in procedure contained therein meant that yours truly missed the photo op portion of his set, though the latter half of his set that we did catch (especially “Talking Cat Blues”) were especially well-received be the vocal crowd. We’ll catch you next time, Will; promise.

Check out our full photo gallery below.



The Front Bottoms announced as support act for Blink 182 UK tour

The Front Bottoms have been announced as a support act on Blink 182‘s upcoming UK tour with Frank Turner. Check out the tour dates below to see if there’s a show near you.

The band’s latest album Back on Top was released in 2015 through Fueled By Ramen Records.



New Music: Frank Turner – “The Sand In The Gears”

New music from the great Frank Turner on the first full day of the Chester Cheeto administration. It’s an apropos rallying-cry song called “The Sand In The Gears,” and it was recorded live in concert at Turner’s show in Silver Springs, Maryland, the other night.

You can give the track a listen below.

Turner is currently in the early stages of a big North American tour that wraps up February 18th in Boston. Check out the full tour itinerary here.



Frank Turner announces documentary about himself

Ex-Million Dead, folk troubadour Frank Turner has announced that a new documentary about himself will be released on December 13th, 2016. Get Better: A Film About Frank Turner is set to debut at a special Q and A session with the star of the flick, at Leicester Square, London and will be broadcast to cinemas live on the evening.

You can take a look at the official trailer below.



Frank Turner announces North American tour

Frank Turner is showing no signs of slowing down with another major tour announcement. The folk-punk legend himself will be touring North America next January through February, including some central and western Canadian dates. This tour will begin on January 19th in Silver Spring, MD and will end on February 18th in Boston, MA. You can take a look at the full list of dates and locations below.

Frank Turner last released Positive Songs For Negative People in August 2015 on Xtra Mile Recordings / Interscope Records.



Fifteen Years of Raising Hell – Part Two: Frank Turner, Dave Hause and more on the impact of Lucero

Toward the end of May, Dying Scene published a feature piece marking the fifteenth anniversary of Lucero‘s self-titled debut album. You can read it here if you haven’t done so already. In the course of digging around on the band’s history, however, it dawned on us pretty quickly that any sort of retrospective on Lucero was going to have to dive much deeper than just reexamining their first album. Because, to paraphrase the first couple of paragraphs of that last story, Lucero are, for a great number of people and due to an equally great number of reasons, one of those bands. A band that has a way of not only writing music and lyrics that strike you right in the emotional core, but fundamentally changing

When I started this project a few months ago, I had visions of turning it into a 5,000 word ode to Lucero in my own words. As you’ve probably established, they’re one of those bands for me. The mark of a good storyteller and songwriter is that you are able to paint a picture and strike a nerve that’s so poignant that you put the listener in your shoes, making them feel as though you’re not only singing to them but about them. For myself, like most Lucero fans, the list of songs penned in Ben Nichols’ trademark tone that were probably written precisely about me is at least a couple dozen deep, primarly because the band’s canon is part heartbreaking, part self-deprecating, part cathartic good-time anthem and filled with ever-evolving sonic differences. But let’s be honest; one part-time pseudo-music blogger’s opinion on what he thinks is one of the most important bands in the foundation of this scene isn’t, well…it isn’t that interesting. I mean who do I think I am, Dan Ozzi?

Anyway, with that latter sentiment in mind, we sent out feelers to a couple friends of the scene that we know share our admiration for the ever-changing band of misfits from Memphis, Tennessee. What follows below is, we think, a pretty compelling look at just what makes Lucero Lucero, and what it means to be a fan of the band and of Ben Nichols penchant for songwriting (never that good with words anyway my ass). There are stories of personal encounters (wrapping Christmas presents…drunken tour bus hijinks…etc), there are comparisons to bands like Slayer and NOFX…equal parts entertaining and enlightening and, thanks to the guys we talked to, incredibly thoughtful read. Many thanks to Frank Turner, Dave Hause, and Rebuilder‘s Sal Medrano for the assists! You can head here to scope out Lucero’s upcoming run of US tour dates, which kicks off next weekend (September 24th) in Boston.

 



Frank Turner announces UK tour dates

Frank Turner has announced a big 21 date UK tour that will see him gallivanting around his home country in November and December.

You can check out all the dates and locations below.

Frank Turner last released Positive Songs For Negative People in August 2015 on Xtra Mile Recordings / Interscope Records.



DS Photo Gallery: Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls in Santa Ana, CA (8.5.16)

DyingScene favorite Frank Turner has been out on the road touring the US with Flogging Molly and Chuck Ragan, but on an off night between Santa Barbara and San Diego, he treated the LA/Orange County crowd to a headlining set at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Along with The Sleeping Souls, he played a 90 minute set including favorites from his albums, including “I Still Believe,” “Photosynthesis,” “Recovery,” “Get Better,” and “The Ballad of Me and My Friends,” as well as debuting a new song currently in progress. The night concluded with a crowd-participation version of “Four Simple Words” as Turner surfed his way across the room. Regardless if you are seeing Frank for the first time or hundredth time, you are guaranteed one of the best shows of your life. His boundless energy and passion for the music, crowd, and scene carries through the night until the very last note is played.

Even though his shows are unforgettable, you can relive them through our full photo gallery below!



Album Review: Frank Turner – “Positive Songs For Negative People”

Yesterday marked one year since the release of everyone’s favorite English, Riot-Folk, alt-country hero Frank Turner‘s latest album Positive Songs for Negative People, released through Xtra Mile Recordings. Proudly and relentlessly having crawled through the mud and the muck of the underground punk scene since 2005. After his departure from the English post-hardcore band Million Dead, Turner has pioneered (some would petulantly say popularized) a sound built on a breed of Crass style “fuck you” candor with the relatable Springsteen-esque conversationalism, usually wrapped up in a catchy, Buzzcocks lunchbox or a thoughtfully orchestrated Dylan-ish progression. With such a broad spectrum of sounds and principles, most find it hard to avoid the charming hooks and concepts that it spawns. Having meandered through music and rooted itself in so many genres, the aforementioned sound has created a vast network of Frank-o-philes and has ultimately led to the release of six full-length studio albums. With each album, Turner’s acclaim has grown exponentially, with 2013’s Tape Deck Heart going as far as nibbling at the edges of mainstream radio with the inarguable hit “Recovery”. With no surprise to anyone, such success comes stained with the all too familiar backlash attached to any aspiring crossover punk artist, and that of course is the ever-present and oh-so-very touchy veil of “selling out”. With the equally talented, and nouveau king of pop-rock, Butch Walker at the Producer’s helm (having prior success producing Taylor Swift’s Red), the album has the potential to churn out new fan favorites while concurrently creating more defectors.

This years “Positive Songs for Negative People” has, vaguely put, created a splash. For some, it’s a flirty and inviting swat of water prompting everyone to jump into the pool and lounge around on inner-tubes and enjoy the sunshine, and for others it was a blind-siding cannonball that got everyone wet, doused the grill and ruined the barbeque. The opening track, “The Angel Islington”, is a hollow continuation of Tape Deck’s Heart’s “Broken Piano”, picking up back at the Thames River. Along with that clever little writing trick, a stripped down, live tone gets you excited, but alas, the song goes nowhere. Instead it’s filed into a folky filler song, of which Frank has few, yet they do exist. “Angel…” is followed up with the hopeful, rabble rousing “Get Better”; a song that will surely be a moshpit-inducing staple in Frank’s faster sets. Though catchy and fun to blast in the car, one can’t help but catch a bit of Gaslight Anthem’s “American Slang”, but fuck it, it’s punk rock, The Ramones did it all the time. Frank get’s a pass on that one. “The Next Storm” keeps the hope afloat, ending on the head-butting exclamation “I’m gonna’ step out and face the next storm”. Riding the coattails of “Get Better”, the buoyant message and up-tempo feel keeps you bobbing your head enough to not really care that it doesn’t really fit Frank’s typical brand of songs; you take it for what it is and have fun. “The Opening Act of Spring”, is much more reminiscent of something you’d hear off of Frank’s third album “Poetry of the Deed”. Long time fans will love this mandolin driven folk number strewn with remorse and desperation, with just enough edge to drink beer to. However, the same certainly can’t be said for “Glorious You”. Walker’s influence bleeds through on this poppy runaway. Simply put, this isn’t a Frank Turner song. The diehards and no-matter-whaters will love it, but those that are looking for the candidness and clever word play that they’ve grown to love will be sorely disappointed. The second single on the record, “Mittens”, follows in the same vain. The lyrics are forced and the melody should have been left for Tay-Tay to sing. As genuine and heartfelt as it might be, it leaves the listener wanting something else, or maybe nothing at all, especially as a single. As soon as you think all is lost, you’re brought back with the hard hitting, stand alone punk song (there’s at least one on every album) “Out of breath”. Frank’s spitfire vocals are befitting to the title and the rolling piano adds the image of an old west saloon shootout. You’re sucked in from the get-go. Then we get to “Demons”, a song highlighted by the victorious battle cry “At this truth we have arrived, god damn it’s great to be alive”. It’s a truly optimistic sentiment for anyone, but a trite sentiment nonetheless. It is at this point in the album that we get slightly sick of Frank Walker (or Butch Turner, if you will) and want the old Frank back. The third single “Josephine” is another Butch Walker song right off the bat, with it’s “Whoa-oh-oh-s”, though this one doesn’t require any teeth grinding or track skipping. Frank’s lyricism saves the day and you find yourself tapping your foot in no time. “Love Forty Down” Is just what we needed. An old fashioned analogous, quick witted love song that starts out mellow and ends with that distinguishable, despairing yet confident Frank Turner shout. The tennis tune drifts into “Silent Key”, busting open with heavy guitar riffs and then riding out into a lovely homage to the Astronaut/teacher Christa McAuliffe of the Space Shuttle Challenger. This song plays out more like a personal narrative, flipping back and forth from the story of Christa and her fateful flight, and a four year old, English ham radio operator. You float through the whimsical melody and the haunting guest vocals of Esme Patterson, and then you’re brought back to earth with Frank’s exclamatory “Silent Key” howls. Finally, the Album ends with “Song for Josh”, Frank’s fervent, acoustic dedication to his friend, and 9:30 Club (Washington DC) security manager, Josh Burdette. Recorded live at the 9:30 Club, There’s no mistaking the authenticity and rawness of the content. A beautiful song with a beautiful message dedicated to, what general consensus says was, a beautiful soul. The album ends with a tearjerker, and a true to form Frank Turner number.

Final summation: The album has its strong points and its weak points. You’ll very soon find the tracks that you want to skip ahead to. While Butch Walker certainly added his two cents, the duo didn’t create the masterpiece that we all hoped for. Maybe next time. Frank’s Diehard fans will love this album regardless, but those that are looking for the wittiness and veracity of “Love, Ire and Song” or the call for personal revolution and self-acceptance of “England Keep My Bones” will find themselves lost and directionless in its intermittent lazy lyrics. By Frank’s request, it may be time for a few of us to “take [him] down to the English Channel.”

3/5 Stars



Albums Punk Forgot: Million Dead – ‘Harmony No Harmony’

Albums Punk Forgot is a look back at excellent or important records within our community that, for one reason or another, have been lost or forgotten. It’s a tribute to those bands and releases that deserved to be heard, but maybe for some reason dropped off our radars too soon. We at Dying Scene hope to give these records the credit they deserve.

Today DS writer Robolitious takes a look back at Million Dead’s Harmony No Harmony and its underrated place in post hardcore history. You can read his take on the album below.



Frank Turner releases music video for “Mittens”, announces new EP featuring 4 new songs

Not more than 6 months after releasing his most recent full-length “Positive Songs For Negative People” it looks like Frank Turner is already bringing us new tunes. On March 4th he’ll be releasing a new EP titled “Mittens” which will feature four brand new songs along with a “single mix” of the title track, a tune that appeared on “Positive Songs…”.  You can pre-order it here.

To coincide with the announcement, Turner has also released a music video for “Mittens” and you can scope that below.

Positive Songs For Negative People was released in August on Xtra Mile Recordings / Interscope Records



Pickles spins favorite 2015 music by bands/guests featured on Dying Scene Radio, Sour Shoes (from the Howard Stern Show) calls TONE LO-KI, and Nick Ameen guest co-hosts

This week on Dying Scene RadioBobby Pickles welcomes lifelong friend and musical prodigy Nick Ameen “in-studio” to help usher in 2016 (the Year of the Monkey). TONE LO-KI joins the conversation, welcoming his lifelong friend and musical prodigy, Sour Shoes (from the Howard Stern Show). Bobby recaps the major headlines of 2015 and spins his favorite music by bands/guests featured this past year on the podcast.

R.I.P. Lemmy 1945-2015

Hear all the incessant blathering and latest music and headlines, below.

THIS WEEK’S PLAYLIST
Motörhead – Victory of Die
Teenage Bottlerocket – Nothing Else Matters (When I’m With You)
Nick Ameen – Spike The Punch
Entropy NY – So It Goes
Out Of Order – No Cares
¡LA VASA! – Mama Tried
Tartar Control – My God’s Cock
PEARS – Snowflake
The Regressives – Problems
Screeching Weasel – Things Aren’t So Bad After All
Bad Cop / Bad Cop – Nightmare
The Decline – I Don’t Believe
Chaos Delivery Machine – God Of Prey
Svetlanas – Crimea River
Templeton Pek – Broken Lines
Black Cat Attack – Conquer Destroy Exterminate!
Millencolin – Believe In John
Frank Turner – Silent Key
Thee Money $hot – Lady Killer
Sic Waiting – Maps
Laura Jane Grace (feat. Miley Cyrus) – True Trans Soul Rebel



DS Staff Picks – Drea’s Top 10 of 2015

I live in a city where you have to actively try to not be exposed to an abundance of music. On any given day that are a handful of amazing DIY shows going on, and concerts at bars or large venues. And sometimes you have to pass up going to all of them to feign adulthood. Simply put, this list was ridiculously hard to narrow down and features almost east coast acts exclusively.

My album of the year list should be called ”Top 10 Albums of 2015 For People With Short Attention Spans” or just “For Punks That Like EP’s”. Most tend to stray away from citing Eps in their album of the year list, somehow thinking that it is in some way cutting corners or cheating. Well, I for one enjoy taking the easy way out and am not afraid to admit it. But honestly, my record collection consists of mainly 7”s. Listening to new music is more or less what I do in order to pay my bills, and I am in no way complaining about it, but when I listen for pleasure I tend to gravitate to familiar records, or the impossibly short.

With that being said, I am not entirely dismissive of records that have over five songs and there were some amazing full-lengths released this year so I have broken my list into two easy-to-distinguish sections.



DS Staff Picks – Bizarro Dustin’s Top Albums of 2015

My bathroom selfie game was strong in 2015.

The end of the year is always my favorite time of year because who doesn’t love massaging their own ego while talking about their favorite records? It’s wonderful to see everyone showing off their tastes in music, often times thought of as superior, and I love every moment of it. We were told directly by Dying Scene head honcho Johnny X that we had to stick to writing a simple list of 10 albums this year, but I decided to go in a different direction because anarchy. But also because I wrote this before he gave any guidelines.

You can jump into my self-indulgence below.

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DS Staff Picks – Catherine Dempsey’s Top 10 Albums of 2015

I’m Catherine Dempsey and I’m one of the many features writers here at the good ol’ Dying Scene. You may have seen my list of Philly Bands You Need To Hear, my rants about Green Day, or you may have sent me hate mail for sharing my opinion (I’m looking at you, JungleJim4322).

If you must know, I enjoy the occasional cheesesteak, long walks through the cemetery, and pretending to be a professional publicist at all times. Regardless of our futuristic, virtual relationship together, you and I can safely agree on one thing: there were plenty of sick albums released this year. I found it hard to get this list down to ten. It took a lot of sitting and staring at the wall, contemplating what needed to be cut, which is why this is being submitted late as hell (sorry, Dave).

Here at DS, we love to look back on the records that made us laugh, cry, scream, and thrash. Whether you sat in your room alone, or danced to it live, we’re gonna talk about it. I would also like to point out that this list is in no particular order. Each record here is equally as important as the last. I look forward to your hate mail. My inbox is always open and I am always down to fight on the Internet. It’s great cardio.

You can read more below.