SONG OF THE VALENTINE’S DAY: “SUBSTITUTE” by FRANK TURNER

“I’VE HAD MANY DIFFERENT GIRLS INSIDE MY BED
BUT ONLY ONE OR TWO INSIDE MY HEAD
THESE DAYS I CUDDLE UP TO MY GUITAR INSTEAD
BUT OH, WHAT I WOULD GIVE,
NOT TO STUMBLE BUT TO REALLY FALL IN LOVE
AND I COULD SUBSTITUTE MY SINGING
FOR THE SOUND OF SOMEONE SLEEPING NEXT TO ME”

Frank Turner (born 28 December 1981) is an English folk/punk singer-songwriter from Meonstoke, Hampshire. Initially the vocalist of post-hardcore band Million Dead, Turner embarked upon a primarily acoustic-based solo career following the band’s split in 2005. Both in the studio and during live performances, Turner is accompanied by his backing band, The Sleeping Souls, which consists of Ben Lloyd (guitar, mandolin), Tarrant Anderson (bass), Matt Nasir (piano) and Nigel Powell (drums). To date, Turner has released five solo albums, three rarities compilation albums, one split album and five EPs. Turner’s fifth studio album, Tape Deck Heart was released on 22 April 2013.

Turner was educated on a scholarship at Eton College, where he studied alongside Prince William, and later went on to attend the London School of Economics where he read History. His father, Roger Turner, is the son of Sir Mark Turner, formerly chairman of high street retailer BHS, and had himself also attended Eton before becoming a City investment banker, while his mother, Jane, the daughter of a bishop, is a primary school head teacher.

The first record he owned was the “Killers” album from Iron Maiden. Metal was the first musical direction he adored and he still does. Turner’s musical career began at school, with the short-lived alternative band Kneejerk. The band released three records and played several shows around the UK. The last record, their only full-length, was entitled The Half Life of Kissing and was released by Yorkshire DIY hardcore label Sakari Empire after the band had actually broken up.

In 2001, Turner joined London post-hardcore band Million Dead at the invitation of former Kneejerk drummer Ben Dawson. In 2005, after four years and two albums, the band announced that they were parting ways, as “irreconcilable differences within the band mean that it would be impossible to continue.” Around that time Turner got a tape with Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska on it – later he claimed that “that was a really big moment for me hearing that record in terms of a turn around in my music career, from hardcore punk bands to what I’m doing now.”

In October 2012, ‘Believe’, Frank Turner’s own beer, was announced. A 4.8% modern wheat beer brewed with Signature Brew. Turner opened for the Dropkick Murphys on their European tour, also headlining a tour in November and December, 2012.Turner describes himself as a “classical liberal” in the original sense of the word and his views align with many modern libertarians. He has a tattoo of ama-gi, Sumerian cuneiform for “freedom”, on his left forearm. Turner has experienced death threats following an erroneous news article from the Guardian newspaper that stated he was right wing in his political views. In 2013, Turner became a Patron of the assisted dying campaign group Dignity in Dying. Turner is formerly straight edge, having been vegetarian for eleven years and teetotal for five.

Turner most recently recorded his sixth full length LP in Nashville, TN with Butch Walker producing and mixing. An official release date has not been set.