New Release & Video: Frank Turner – Make America Great Again

Frank Turner has today released a new track, Make America Great Again, taken from his forthcoming 7th album Be More Kind and ahead of the start of his UK Tour

Make America Great Again is a wry riposte to the poisonous invective of Trump’s White House, with Turner’s knack for an irrepressible hook bolstered here by the hints of electronic pop which tinge Be More Kind – take a listen via the clip below…

May 4th’s Be More Kind 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

“I wanted to try and get out of my comfort zone and do something different,”says Turner. After the stripped-down, live-sounding previous album Positive Songs…, Turner wanted to try a new approach for the record. With this in mind he recruited producers Austin Jenkins and Joshua Block, formerly of psychedelic-rock Texans White Denim, and Florence And The Machine and Halsey collaborator Charlie Hugall and the idea of recording a more rock-led album with tints of electronic-pop took shape. 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

Be More Kind was inspired by a Clive James poem called Leçons Des Ténèbres: “I should have been more kind. It is my fate. To find this out, but find it out too late.” “It devastated me the first time I read it,” he says. “A lot of older, wiser people tend to say things like that, that the things that come out in the wash at the end of a human life are the way you treated the people around you. In the modern world, that’s a lesson that all of us, myself included could do to learn”

Turner recently announced the ‘Be More Kind World Tour’ which will begin in April, with its first leg playing to over 200,000 people across the UK, the USA, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, taking them through to Christmas. The first batch of announcements covers 120 dates

UK shows as follows…

April 13th – Manchester Academy
15th – Dublin The Academy
18th – Belfast The Limelight
20th – Aberdeen The Garage
21st – Edinburgh Liquid Room
22nd – Newcastle O2 Academy
24th – Sheffield O2 Academy
25th – Liverpool O2 Academy
27th – Bristol O2 Academy
28th – Exeter Uni Great Hall
30th – Cambridge Corn Exchange
May 1st – Southampton Guildhall
2nd – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
4th – Leicester O2 Academy
5th – Oxford O2 Academy
8th – Hull City Hall
9th – Norwich UEA