Frank Turner announces new album, UK & Ireland tour dates and streams new track ‘1933’

By James Davenport

Frank Turner has shared the release details for his forthcoming seventh studio album ‘Be More Kind’, due out May 4th via Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records. The album has been produced by ex-White Denim members Austin Jenkins and Joshua Block, alongside Charlie Hugall (Florence And The Machine, Halsey).

The announcement arrives alongside ‘1933’, the first track to emerge from ‘Be More Kind’.

‘1933’ is inspired by articles Turner had come across that posit the idea that the alt-right is punk rock. “That filled me with a mixture of incredulity and anger,” says Turner. “The idea that Breitbart or Steve Bannon think they have anything to do with punk rock makes me extremely angry.”

Inspired by a line from a Clive James poem – “I should have been more kind. It is my fate. To find this out, but find it out too late” – ‘Be More Kind’ captures Turner reconciling the personal with the political. Says Frank; “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.”

At 19.33pm GMT Frank will be doing a very special Facebook live Q&A and acoustic performance of first track ‘1933’.

‘Be More Kind’ UK & Ireland tour dates:
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

1st Southampton, Guildhall
2nd Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
4th Leicester, O2 Academy
5th Oxford, O2 Academy
8th Hull, City Hall
9th Norwich, UEA

Tickets go on sale on Friday 2nd Feb at 10.00am with a special fan pre-sale starting now on Frank’s store.

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