Frank Turner Releases 6th album – Positive Songs for Negative People

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It’s been years since Frank Turner has been on the bill for all the major festivals worldwide, all while filling venues like Wembley Stadium and Royal Albert Hall. Most artists nowadays can only hope for a second album, yet singer-songwriter Frank Turner is at his 6th and still going on strong. He played SXSW earlier this year, only to start the summer with 3 shows at Glastonbury to be followed up with the release of his much-anticipated record Positive Songs for Negative People in August.  FAULT caught up with the singer on his favourite tracks, recording on the road and everything that’s been going down in his career lately.

You’ve just played Glastonbury haven’t you? How was it? Word of mouth is that you’ve made quite the impression. 

It was hard work, I didn’t really get to hang out and enjoy the festival for what it was. I had three shows: one at the Other Stage and then I had one at Strummerville Campfire and another one at The Leftfield. And I can say that all of them were great.

What do you prefer most? Performing or recording? 

Performing definitely. I find recording very stressful.

Speaking of recording, you’re releasing your 6th album now. That’s an impressive number. Could you tell me in a few words how you’ve evolved as a musician over the past years? Who were you before your debut album release and who are you now before your 6th one? 

That’s hard to say in just a few words. Hopefully I’ve changed over the years. Probably the main difference is that I’ve gone better at writing songs and recording them and realizing ideas that I had in my head. That’s the main thing. I also collaborated with other musicians and I was also completely on my own, either on stage or in the recording studio. But over time, the band that I play with has solidified since 2008 and we got to know each other as musicians and we’ve become really tight as a band.  It made a big difference to my sound and my songwriting as well because I now know exactly who are my people.

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How did you go about putting it together? 

Well, the songs were kind of written on the road. So they came together slowly over the course of 2013-2014 really. We recorded the songs in Nashville, which was fantastic. It took me a long time to find the right producer; I had like this exact idea in my head.  We recorded kind of quickly and raw, in this sort of aggressive field trip.  I was thinking a lot about my debut album, cause it’s quite interesting. So, as I was saying, it took me a long time to find a producer and I finally got in touch with Butch Walker to get him to Nashville and make the record.

What was the most challenging bit that you’ve encountered while songwriting/ recording? 

Well, I think the most challenging bit was finding the right studio and producer. The songwriting was quite easy this time.  The previous record I did was quite introspective and there was a sense of liberation when I started writing on this album, it’s a record about survival, about standing up.  And we made the record in 9 days, totally smashed it out, which felt really good.  The difficult bit was just getting the right conditions in place to make the record.

It’s also a very personal album. Which track is your favourite? 

Every song has kind of an emotional aspect to it, I find it really hard to choose a favourite.

Not necessarily picking a favourite, but of the whole bunch, is there one in particular that you’re emotionally attached to?

Well, let me think. My favourite set of lyrics on the record is from a song called Josephine. Sometimes I write songs that I find hard to explain what they’re about, which strikes me as a good thing. But that implies that it’s a piece of poetry that needs to be written, if you can’t explain what a song’s about without listening to it, it’s proof that it needs to exist.

Of all your discography, if you were to choose two songs that would nearly fully introduce people to yourself and your sound, which ones would you go for and why? 

Again, that’s a hard question. But I guess that one of the songs that’s very special to me is the first song on Love Ire & Song, my second album, which is called I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous. That song captured a moment in time and it was one of the first songs that I released on which I felt like a proper songwriter. It just felt like I achieved something that was worthwhile. And then it’s, probably still one of my most popular songs, I Still Believe. People enjoy it and it’s a celebration of music

What else do you have in store for the rest of 2015? 

Well, once the album is out, I’m basically gonna be on tour for the rest of my life. I’m already booked until the beginning of next summer. And probably for the whole of next year as well. So once the album is out, I can’t wait to go back to what I think I do best and certainly what’s my favourite part of it all, which is go out there and tour.

Lastly, what is your FAULT? 

So many to choose from.  Well, my mate for quite a while called James is currently dying and he wrote a poem about his impending death. One of the lines said, “I should have been more kind.” And I think that there are definitely times when I could be more considerate to the people in my life and I feel bad for not doing that.

Words: Alina Ilie

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Heyrocco – Our latest FAULT Future proving that grunge isn’t dead

 

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American grunge band ‘Heyrocco‘ caught FAULT’s radar a while back while back after we read an article claiming that ‘grunge’ was dead. Obviously we disagreed and made the decision to make sure our next FAULT Future was a credible grunge act. So, where better to look than South Carolina which has produced some of the world’s most notable musicians. Finally, we found HeyRocco who coincidentally were touring in the UK so we caught up with the band to chat music and prove that grunge still has its place within the music industry. A great band to photograph and hilarious to interview, allow us to introduce you to Heyrocco.


Tell us a little about yourselves, when and how did you form?


Like a rash we formed right in the white-trash upper outskirts of Charleston. Spreading up and down coasts from the east to the west playing every shit hole from here to hell. We was six strings from homeless!

‘Heyrocco’ is quite an unusual choice of name, what’s the significance behind it and what does it mean?


We usually tell people it was Cool’s pet turtle, but the name was honestly inspired by a Mexican restaurant

South Carolina is home to a wide range of musical talent, from Band of Horses to James Brown, is there a particular band or artists that inspired you to start your own band?

Jimi Hendrix Experience – they’re from South Carolina!

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You describe your sound quite unusually as ‘Disney Grunge’ what do you mean by that and what kind of sound are you envisioning?

The name came from our current debut album Teenage Movie Soundtrack. The album consists of melodies inspired by animated Disney classics with tones straight out of a genre commonly known as Grunge.

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How have you enjoyed touring around the UK, have you noticed a difference between American and British fans?

Everywhere is very much the same. You have your basic fans, your fangirls, drunk dads, sober dads, cool guy promoters, hopefully laid back sound guys, sketchy close-talkers, overly sexual photographers and a non-present Jimmy Page.

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Do you have a favourite gig so far? Which show do you look back on as your stand out and why?

We enjoy playing music anywhere it is the most fun we have. Especially the UK and Europe, they take care of bands. We just got 50 drink tickets in Holland…Something always goes down in Scotland. Both visits have been down to the bottom of every bottle. Crowds like to party there, they don’t give a fuck about taking a picture or sending a tweet, it’s incredible really. They dig extremities of out-there music.
_13-piece-4Finally, what is your FAULT?
Bad parenting. Public school. Being a failure. What’s yours?…

Photography: Miles Holder
Words: Juliana Piskorz

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LXN – FAULT MAGAZINE – STANDON CALLING

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When you take a look at the sheer calibre and diversity of the acts performing at Standon Calling this year, it’s easy to see why independent festivals have boosted the UK economy by £1bn in the last four years alone. That’s quite a sobering thought to let hang over your head for a minute – especially when you consider that it’s largely born of our love for hanging out of our arses being anything but sober for a weekend.

This is a festival that we’ve not been to before, so we don’t really know what to expect. What we do know is that after beginning life as a Birthday BBQ for founder Alex Trenchard back in 2001, it’s evolved into the weird and wonderful, 5000 capacity spectacle that awaits us.

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Standon celebrates its official 10th anniversary this year, and has settled on a Wild West theme they’re calling: ‘The Town of Two Faces’. By day we’re promised dog shows, a Hillbilly Hoe-down, creepy Taxidermy classes, sweaty Rockaoke and the chance to mosaic our own Tombstone thanks to the boundary pushing art collective, The Treatment Rooms.  By night, we hear it will be a very different story in their resident Cowshed nightclub, where we’re hoping to catch sets from The 2 Bears and Bondax.

The line up is a mixed bag, covering everything from the alt-rock of The Dandy Warhols, rap artist Roots Manuva and the scuzzy rock sounds of Kieran Leonard. Witness the fitness, indeed. We’re going to embrace the pick n mix vibe and try to take it all in as it’s such a small festival – but we’re putting a bit of time aside to make sure we’ve got the stage times for Basement Jaxx, The Horrors, Staves and Prides down.

All we can hope is that the Wild West theme doesn’t mean that we’re going to find ourselves standing in a sea of glittery Stetsons, feeling like we’ve accidentally stumbled upon a flash mob of middle aged women on a Hen do in Blackpool – or worse still, like we’re in a 90s Steps video. Which we’re 99% sure it won’t.   

Either way, it’s a good excuse for us to dust off those leather chaps and get reacquainted with the idyllic Hertfordshire countryside and dance away the effects of the Giant Filled Yorkshire Pudding that we’re almost certainly going to be smashing our faces into on a daily basis.

It’s safe to say that we’ll definitely be giving the outdoor pool a miss.

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