Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls

Syracuse Shows Presents

Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls

Skinny Lister, Beans on Toast

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

6:00 pm

The Lost Horizon

$20.00 - $25.00

Off Sale

This event is all ages

Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls
Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls
The recurring theme throughout Tape Deck Heart, Frank Turner's fifth album, is change. Those who have followed Turner's career since he went solo in 2005 won't be surprised. After 1,400 incendiary live shows and four acclaimed albums, last year saw the musician previously known as a punk poet become (whisper it) a sort of pop star. From a fake Glastonbury Tor, Turner performed at the Olympics Opening Ceremony. He headlined Wembley Arena. He sold more than 100,000 copies of his fourth album, England Keep My Bones, which entered the UK charts at No 12 on its release in 2011.

Turner, of course, would never describe himself as a pop star. He prefers the word 'entertainer', with its tradition of vaudeville, theatre and music hall. His emergence from the underground he
still adores – and still regards himself as part of – was tinged with trepidation. "Insane things have happened since England Keep My Bones came out," he says. "The success I've experienced
was entirely unexpected. It made me think about where I started and where I'm heading. It made me wonder if I could continue as a musician with integrity influenced by punk rock while doing arena tours. The answer I concluded is yes, obviously, or I wouldn't be here."

From Tape Deck Heart's sublime opening track (and first single) Recovery, however, it's clear that the changes in Turner's life have been personal as well as professional. One of several break‐up songs on the album, Recovery sets tales of cider‐fuelled nights in strange flats to joyous, jubilant, singalong rock. "I like that contrast between upbeat music and dark lyrics," says Turner. "It sounds like a happy song, but it's clearly not. The album is about unexpected change and a big part of it is relationships ending. I was in a long term relationship with someone and it was a huge shock for me when we split up last year. Because I write in a reactive way, I knew it would come out in the songs. As you can tell from the record, I'm still not sure the spilt was for the best. That's something else I'm conflicted about!"

Tape Deck Heart was recorded last October in LA, which gave the 31‐year‐old more cause for concern. "It's such a cliché – bands reach a certain level of success, go to LA to record an
album," laughs Turner. "I was nervous about recording outside the UK because my music sounds English and I like that, but in fact, it didn't make any difference. We stayed at the Holiday Inn
next door and didn't finish until dark every day, so I scarcely saw the sun shine."

The reason for relocating to LA with long‐time backing band The Sleeping Souls was producer Rich Costey (Muse, My Chemical Romance and Nine Inch Nails). "Rich has worked on
Springsteen and Johnny Cash records. I really love what he's done with Weezer. If any record fired the spirit of this album it is Pinkerton, which is dark and emotional album with an
incredible standard of songwriting. It's pop with a dark, evil soul – a great combination."

Before recording began, Turner tried out several of the songs on tour. One in particular became
an instant fan favourite. A toast to punk rock, Four Simple Words is a fun, ferocious, celebratory
stomp with an intro inspired by Noel Coward, which was given to fans as a free download on
Christmas Day last year. "Lyrically, it's a love song to punk," explains Turner. "The music I make
has only ever been partly punk, but it remains the cornerstone of my music, as it has been since
I was 15. I was aiming for a song that crashes Noel Coward in to Bad Religion. It's one of quite a few songs on the album Rich said reminded him of Queen. My sister introduced me to Queen as a kid and while I'll never make music as ambitious as theirs, the song's stylistic schizophrenia is a nod in their direction."

On Tape Deck Heart, Turner exposes his soul as never before. His most personal album, it is packed with songs he found difficult to record and now worries about releasing in to the world. It's also the album on which Turner pushed himself hardest and allowed himself to be pushed. The reward is in the rich detail, in unusual turns of phrase you'll hear once and never forget, in the raw emotion with which Turner tells of a turbulent 12 months.

"We spent 30 days recording – the most for any previous album was 10," he says. "Rich made me do 42 vocal takes for Tell Tale Signs. That pissed me off, but he was convinced there was more I could bring to the performance and he was right. It's the darkest song on the album, with a vocal that's both delicate and powerful. It sounds absolutely vicious."

Tell Tale Signs is a farewell – or rather, a fuck‐off – to a mythical character called Amy, who first surfaced on Reasons Not To Be An Idiot (from 2008's Love Ire & Song) and resurfaced on England Keep My Bones' I Am Disappeared. "Amy is a cypher," says Turner. "More than one person contributes to that character, that awful person I want out of my life."

Equally difficult for Turner to sing was the barely‐accompanied ballad Anymore, on which he describes the 'three short steps' from his lover's bed to the door – the final, painful moments of a relationship that went out with a whimper. "It took a lot of persuading for me to record it," he admits. "It's still really raw. But if I wanted to make the best album I could, Anymore had to be on it. I played it to a friend and she said it sounded heavier than Slayer."

Tape Deck Heart also portrays the positives of love and the benefits of change. The Way I Tend to Be is a gloriously sunny pop‐rock song about a lover who brings out the best in you. Oh Brother is a midtempo track with a tinge of REM to it that describes Turner's relationship with his best friend Ben, the drummer in Turner's previous band Million Dead. "We spent 10 years in each other's pockets and now we don't," says Turner. "I feel bad about that, but Ben will definitely be best man at my wedding, if I ever make the mistake of getting married. I played the song to him the other day and he cried and I laughed at him."

Fisher King Blues is pretty country‐pop with a hefty sense of humour. Losing Days is charming, chiming rock on which Turner addresses the changes that come with age ("I used to think that I/ Wouldn't live past 25," he sings, as though surprised that he has). Sonically, Tape Deck Heart's most surprising song is closer Broken Piano, a majestic, five‐and‐a‐half minute ballad boasting military drums and electronic loops.

"It's the most progressive song I've ever written," says Turner. "Musically, I don't really deal in originality – I'm no Bjork or Aphex Twin. It has something of a traditional English melody, but juxtaposed with lots of weird, electronic stuff. It's the song that pulls the album together. The rest are about being caught up in the middle of the maelstrom. On Broken Piano, I realise I've made it to the other side and that chapter of my life is closed."
Skinny Lister
Skinny Lister
Skinny Lister are not your average, modern day, gentrified English folk group. Fronted by Dan Heptinstall and Lorna Thomas; a vocalist with a lusty cackle and flirtatious presence, the London based five-piece hail from across England. Borrowing the nickname from the Lister family, pioneers in the use of anesthetic, the band have grown naturally and organically over the past two years. Yorkshire born songwriter Heptinstall, Lorna's older brother Max, and long-time shanty singer Sam 'Mule' Brace, met some time ago at a folk club in London's Greenwich area. The arrival of Tyneside bassist Dan Gray and the naturally exuberant Lorna lifted them into another realm. Up on their stomping feet and clicking their heels, the Skinny Lister sound took hold as Dan's perceptive ballads and folkie idylls were boosted by an eruption of a rambunctious free spirited rum fueled party music. Soon the Skinny Lister sound was charging down the nation's canals and waterways, bursting into spontaneous song in pubs and clubs, kicking up a summer frenzy at numerous festivals. Over 30 festivals in fact, a nonstop work rate that saw them acknowledged and awarded by PRS as the 'Hardest Working Band' of summer 2011. "We travelled hundreds of miles together in a Land Rover with a double bass strapped to the roof, sharing the driving, playing gigs every night and going out to party afterwards. We didn't make it easy on ourselves but it does bond you as family." Dan recollects. Their allure is immediate - at a time when modern homegrown folk music often spells designer bearded, theme park Americanisation, Skinny Lister are a welcome throwback to earthier bands. Their musical blend has something of The Pogues' infectious camaraderie and jovial recklessness combined with the bucolic English landscape of Alfred Wainwright's fell walking guides. Now, captured by producer David Wrench (Bat for Lashes, James Yorkston) on debut album Forge & Flagon, the band's distinctive qualities make their mark. Titled after a homemade pub ran by Lorna and Max's family friends, Forge & Flagon marks Skinny Lister as an outfit who are decidedly more than the sum of their parts. Galvanised by months of road action they transform traditional and contemporary influence into a singular sound. See them live and the impression is fortified. Not least as Lorna's outgoing crowd connecting personality is replicated by the rum dispensing, skirt hiking, leg shaking, five strong, all female, party starting troupe the Skinny Sisters. The group's folk roots go back to Leicester where Lorna and melodeon playing Max spent much of their youth at local folk clubs, hanging out under the stairs as the traditional sound filled the air. When Lorna reconnected with Max and Dan in London she found their interest in the local Thameside folk scene had blossomed to provide an exciting outlet for her newly finessed singing and ukulele skills. "As soon as they put the diddles, polkas and jigs in there, there was no holding me back," she laughs. "We never sat down again," explains Dan logically. The folk fever proved infectious and irresistible; "For years on the first weekend after Plough Monday every year, my dad has gone to sing songs and get legless with the local Molly Dancers. I disowned him at the time but now, of course, I join him!" notes Lorna.
Beans on Toast
Beans On Toast isn't just your average folk singer songwriter. He is a modern one-man band, taking

charge of all aspects of his music career whether it be writing, recording and playing his music, taking his

own press shots or shooting his own promos. He is a true DIY artist with true DIY ideals. How refreshing.

It all began in 2005, playing acoustic nights and rising from the London folk scene. Early interest in his

amiable style led to an opening slot at Glastonbury Festival in 2007 – such was the success of this

legendary performance he has been invited to play each year since.
Venue Information:
The Lost Horizon
5863 Thompson Rd.
Syracuse, NY, 13214
http://www.thelosthorizon.com