SPENDING more than 25 [...]

Published date09 June 2024
Publication titleSunday Sun
Punk-folk musician Frank Turner started racking up the miles when he began gigging aged 16 at local venues

He later graduated to festivals and arenas, becoming notorious for his relentless touring schedule and high-octane performances, often alongside his backing band The Sleeping Souls.

"It's the one thing I'm absolutely sure that I'm reasonably good at," the 42-year-old says.

"Being a writer, there's this bizarre mix of extreme self-confidence and crushing self-doubt in a cement mixer forever.

"I wake up in the middle of the night and think everything I've done is awful and I should just stop as a writer from time to time. But I know how to put on a gig."

Frank is showing the States how it is done throughout June before he returns to the UK to play the

Glastonbury Festival and a string of UK tour dates. Each one will mark a step closer to his 3,000th show, which he will perform at London's Alexandra Palace next February.

"I'm aware that quantity does not equal quality", he jokes over a video call from his home in Essex during a short break in his hectic schedule. "But I'd hope I'd be reasonably good at playing shows after 3,000 of the things."

The singer-songwriter, from Meonstoke, Hampshire, first released two albums with the posthardcore band Million Dead before he decided to go-it-alone in 2005. His 2007 debut Sleep Is For The Week and 2008's follow-up Love Ire & Song helped circulate his name among fans and critics.

The Recovery singer's last five albums have all made it to at least number three in the UK charts, and his newly-released 10th album has followed suit.

"I spent a fair amount of time thinking about the double figures," he says about his latest release, titled Undefeated.

"I'm proud of that and also slightly surprised by it.

"I'm just like 'Huh, it's still working? What's going on?'. Forty-two is not an inherently punk or sexy age, I think."

He spent a lot of time considering the album title, and finally chose it while rewatching the 1980 biopic Raging Bull about the late boxing champion Jake LaMotta.

"What I like about the word undefeated is it doesn't necessarily imply that you're the world champion, it doesn't mean you're the best, it just means that no f***** has knocked you flat yet and I think that's how I feel," he explains.

"I don't want to spend too much time blowing smoke up myself, but surviving to the point of doing 10 albums, 26 years on tour in total now and all the rest - it didn't just fall out of the sky.

"There's moments...

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