Song of the Day: Frank Turner – The Road

photo by Scott Toepfer

photo by Scott Toepfer

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “The Road” by Frank Turner from the 2009 album Poetry Of The Deed on Epitaph.

Frank Turner – The Road (MP3)

Folk-punk. Yes, indeed kiddies, folk-punk is what we have on tap today in the form of the lovely Mr. Frank Turner. Born in London proper, the wee laddie version of Frank Turner got his start like many of us did overdosing on punk rock music, crumpets and chimney sweeps. Okay certainly the first, maybe the second but the third is unlikely. Sorry, my best friend traveled to England once and we liked to joke around about him finding his way there, becoming a chimney sweep and what not. Anyway, nonsense… back to Frank….

First as part of Kneejerk followed by the late-blooming hardcore band Million Dead (with current members of Who Owns Death TV, Palehorse, Queen of Swords and Armed Response Unit), Turner cut his teeth on touring and recording, eventually finding his way stitching together punk-influenced anthems on his own.
I find it rather fitting (perhaps you will too?), listening to “The Road,” that his most recent album, Poetry of the Deed, was released in cahoots with the ever-expanding Epitaph Records. Yes-sir-ee-bob, Epitaph Records, home of Bad Religion, The Offspring and Pennywise seem the perfect match for this hook-happy acoustic punk. Indeed Turner has cited Epitaph Godfather and guitarist Brett Gurewitz’s Bad Religion as a major influence and The Offspring’s Smash as one of the first records he ever bought (it happens to the best of us -– I saw them live once — pre-braids but still, ugh). You can hear it in his songs too –- particularly the Bad Religion influence, circa How Could Hell Be Any Worse and Suffer. Turner echoes the beautiful beginnings of what would become mainstream soda-pop-punk: freshly forceful and easy to get caught in your head these tracks will remind you of those wide-eyed earlier days when you were still learning about music. Come to think of it those days are still happening. Joy.

Frank Turner has an extensive tour already booked for 2010, with no Seattle date as yet included (though there is certainly still room in schedule to slot in a few Northwest appearances). Check his MySpace page for details and updates, and read more about Frank on Chris Estey’s preview for his previous Seattle show this past September. For now, enjoy his latest video, for the title track of the new album, recorded live:

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3 Comments

  1. Eugenia
    Posted December 16, 2009 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    C’mon guys! This is the SECOND day in the row where your mp3s was *completely* shred of any tags! Even in the past, when there were some tags in your free mp3s, you were still missing most of the tags (including album title, and album art) — consistently. Please pay attention to tags, because it makes these free mp3s useless when you import them to an otherwise well-organized iTunes library. Please always include the following:

    Song title
    Artist (must follow the iTunes capitalization convention, otherwise iTunes thinks it’s a different artist if you already have more songs from the same artist)
    Album Artist (must follow the iTunes capitalization convention)
    Album Title (must follow the iTunes capitalization convention)
    Track (e.g. 8/13, in this case)
    Disk (e.g. 1/1)
    Year (e.g. 2009)
    Genre (must follow the iTunes genres and capitalization convention)
    and of course, a good quality album art, at 512×512 pixels (at that resolution, the JPEG should not be smaller than 80 KBs, or it will have artifacts).

  2. Posted December 16, 2009 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    Eugenia, thanks for your suggestions and for downloading our FREE podcasts. We lack the resources to be adding all of this information for you and suggest that you might find or complete some of it on your own. However, I do recognize that the title and artist tags are missing on these recent podcasts and we will try to rectify that on future ones. I’m sorry to say that right now it’s a case of, “you get what you pay for”!

  3. Posted December 16, 2009 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    I understand. However, you already have the album title information (you always mention it in your articles). So I don’t see why not adding the album title in addition to artist/song too. Thx.

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