SXSW 2015 Interview: Frank Turner

By on Tuesday, 7th April 2015 at 11:00 am

As a card-carrying member of Frank Turner‘s large and loyal fan base, I was intrigued last month when we at TGTF posted about the release of his new book ‘The Road Beneath My Feet’, along with the news that he would be appearing as a panelist at the SXSW 2015 Music Conference. Of course, given Turner’s relentless work ethic, it shouldn’t have surprised me that he would be playing a handful of live shows around SXSW as well, including the live set I reviewed at FLOODfest on the Wednesday afternoon and an appearance at the BBC barbecue that Mary covered on Thursday.

Between Turner’s Thursday night shows and his scheduled Friday afternoon speaking engagement at Austin Convention Center, where he appeared with rapper and producer Chuck D of Public Enemy on the ‘Books Are the New Vinyl’ panel discussion, I was very fortunate indeed to schedule a last minute interview with Turner on Friday morning. He graciously agreed to meet with me in downtown Austin just before my own prior engagement at BD Riley’s Irish Pub, and while he may not have been at his best so early in the day, he spoke very candidly with me about his new book, which he hesitates to call a “memoir”, and his new album, which is expected for release later this summer.

At his live shows around Austin during the week, Turner had played several new songs from the upcoming album, including its defiant lead single ‘Get Better’. In fact, the lyric video for ‘Get Better’ was unveiled on the internet on the very morning of our interview, which was an exciting bit of news to hear in the course of the conversation. Turner also explained the interesting but divergent inspirations behind two other new album tracks, Space Shuttle Challenger tribute ‘Silent Key’ and tennis-themed tune ‘Love Forty Down’.

Frank Turner has just finished a book tour in support of ‘The Road Beneath My Feet’ and will soon head to the southern hemisphere for an April tour of Australia and New Zealand before returning to America in May. Keep an eye on TGTF for coverage of Turner’s upcoming album release and live shows, including scheduled summer appearances at Reading and Leeds in August. For past TGTF coverage on Turner, go here.

Thanks especially to John and Cahir for their help arranging this interview.

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