Frank Turner w/ Louise Page
7PM Doors / 8PM Show
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Frank TurnerLouise Page
Frank Turner didn’t want to write alockdown song. Over the past year he’s written and rewritten songs, trying tosteer himself away from the subject that will no doubt dominate the charts foryears to come. But for a man whose life and career is so intrinsically linkedto live music, not referencing the dearth of festivals and gigs started toprove impossible. Not least since Turner himself has spent much of lockdownplaying virtual shows from his living room, raising over £250,000 to supportendangered grassroots venues up and down the UK, many of which might not haveotherwise survived the pandemic.
So it’s fitting that Frank’s new single“The Gathering,” an upbeat, Glam-esque stomp, puts a positive spin on things,anticipating a return to normality. “It’sabout that moment when you come together in a room full of people, and you leanon a stranger and sing along with the chorus and get the words wrong,”explains Turner.
Produced by Rich Costey (Biffy Clyro, Foo Fighters), who Turner worked with on2013’s Tape Deck Heart, “TheGathering” features pile driving drums courtesy of Muse’s Dom Howard and atriumphant guitar solo from Jason Isbell, who recorded remotely from LosAngeles and Nashville.
The new track follows a number of huge lifechanges for the star, who left his beloved London for the Essex coast, alsogetting married after the release of 2019’s NoMan’s Land. “The biggest thing for meabout the lockdown experience was about identity,” Turner says. “I am the guy who tours, this is who I'vebeen since I was sixteen. This is the longest period of time I've slept in thesame bed continuously since I was seven.”
That’s set to change this summer when – incelebration of the ethos behind ‘The Gathering” – Turner and label Xtra Mile Recordings will present a runof outdoor shows, helping to kick start the return of live music. It’s been acatastrophic year for the industry as a whole, with the COVID-19 pandemicdealing blow after blow for everyone in the sector. In true punk rock style,Xtra Mile and Turner want to take matters into their own hands with a set ofversatile events that can either be socially distanced or full capacitydepending on the maximum safety of the audience, performers and crews and inaccordance with any national restrictions in place at the time of the event.
Turner says: “At a time when the pandemic has wreaked havoc all across the livemusic industry, I feel like it's important to get back to the basics – playinglive music to entertain a crowd. This summer, with Xtra Mile and friends, I'mtaking the punk approach – do it yourself, find a way. I can't wait.”