Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Darryl Wins

Big thanks to D-rock for pointing out a band which has been sitting under my nose this entire time, while I've been too busy finding bands back in Montreal or obscure post-sludge prog from Scandinavia.

She has so graciously turned my eye inward and directed my attention to Mr. Frank Turner. After fronting Million Dead for years, Frank would go lone-gunman on us after MD's breakup in '05, and in my opinion, make a change for the better. Million Dead was labeled as a post-punk/hardcore band... but really, I just hear a british rock band who occasionally tries to emulate At the Drive-In.

When Frank broke off though, he brought a unique modern take, and angry lyric feel to traditional folk music. Taking a lot of the classic punk, hardcore, and rock tricks and applying them to a small band with an acoustic guitar and a fiddle, Turner made a music which is both accessible, and still makes you feel like a rebellious teen. Perhaps his greatest contribution is the pairing of gang vocals to a hoppy-folk song.

He's now got 2 EPs under his belt and two full lengths. Love Ire & Song was just released midway through 2008, and Turner has been touring on it recently. As a testament to how out of it I am, this is a man who is playing 4 sold out shows in late April and I'd never even heard of him until yesterday.

-You be queen for the day, I'll be king for the night

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I should probably read your blog more often. Thanks for enjoying my suggestion! How can you not love a guy who donates all the profits from the sale of his single "Long Live the Queen" to breast cancer research? So sad his next time on our side of the pond doesn't include a trip to canada