Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls have announced supports for their Australian tour later this year in support of the recent album, ‘Be More Kind‘.

This, his seventh studio album, represents a thematic and sonic line in the sand for the 36-year-old. It’s a record that combines universal anthems with raw emotion and the political and the personal, with the intricate folk and punk roar trademarks of Turner’s sound imbued with new, bold experimental shades. Produced by Austin Jenkins and Joshua Block, formerly of psychedelic-rock Texans White Denim, and Florence And The Machine and Halsey collaborator Charlie Hugall.

Joining them will be Emily Barker and The Hard Aches.

Emily Barker is best known as the writer and performer of the award-winning theme to the hit PBS Masterpiece drama Wallander. Growing up in rural Western Australia, Barker fell in love with American roots music from the soul of Aretha Franklin to the country of Gillian Welch and Emmylou Harris. Her travels led her to settling in the UK, where she has released a succession of critically acclaimed albums.

The Hard Aches are hot off the heels of a national sold out tour as well as the release of their second album, ‘Mess‘, a collection of songs “Written with a focus on mental health in a hopeful and positive light.“.

After the stripped-down, live-sounding ‘Positive Songs for Negative People‘, Frank Turner wanted to try a different approach for the new record.

I have an obscure corner of my music taste where I’m into glitch electronic music and Warp Records. It’s not an electronic record but I got into arpeggiator synths.

Positive Songs‘ was cut in nine intense days whereas ‘Be More Kind‘ was made over a period of seven months, giving Turner the opportunity to turn songs on their head, try different versions and shake up the dynamics within his band.

Give the results a listen below.

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TOUR DATES

FRANK TURNER AND THE SLEEPING SOULS
With guests THE HARD ACHES and EMILY BARKER
DECEMBER
1st – The Triffid, Brisbane [18+]
2nd – The Forum, Melbourne [18+]
4th – The Basement, Canberra [18+]
6th – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle [18+]
7th – Metro Theatre, Sydney [18+]
8th – Capitol, Perth [18+]
9th – The Gov, Adelaide [18+]
—> Tickets available now.
—> For more information, visit [Here].

TOUR POSTER
Frank Turner Australian Tour
COVER ART
frank turner
TRACK LISTING

Don’t Worry
1933
Little Changes
Be More Kind
Make America Great Again
Going Nowhere
Brave Face
There She Is
21st Century Survival Blues
Blackout
Common Ground
The Lifeboat
Get It Right

PHOTO CREDIT

Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls photo by Phillip Johnson

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