Back in 2009, British musician Frank Turner signed a deal with Epitaph Records and finally began to get some international attention for his resolute and everyman tales. (Think, a slightly less wry Billy Bragg and you might get an idea of what his records sound like.) Now, the label is getting set to issue Turner's fourth full-length, England Keep My Bones due on June 6th (UK) / June 7th (rest of world).
The disc was recorded in London's Church Studios with producer Tristan Ivemy, who also helmed the recent Rock and Roll EP. According to Turner’s blog, the new disc's title is taken from a Shakespearean quote. The track listing however remains unconfirmed. Turner’s official press release hints that the record promises to be "noticeably more folky than the proceeding Poetry of the Deed, and even features a traditional English style a cappella." The songs are said to "address themes of mortality, relationships and religion in what proves to be an undeniably brave and beautiful album."
North America will get a preview of Turner's new record when he embarks upon a brief solo tour in late April and early May. Unfortunately at this point, there is only one Canadian date, in Toronto on April 26th. As well, Turner has a number of European and Australian dates. You can see the whole schedule here.
Never fear though, with festival season right around the corner there’s a good chance we’ll be seeing more of this feisty talent.
I Still Believe - Frank Turner from Ben Morse on Vimeo.