I was born in Muharraq, Bahrain, in late 1981... ah fuck it, let's cut to the chase. I started playing in bands aged about 12 after I got into Iron Maiden because I thought the posters were cool. When it became apparent that the music also rocked face, I got a guitar and started nerding away. My teenage years were a typically embarrassing catalogue of musical errors (I was seen to play a ska song of my own composition live on more than one occasion) but I did play in some bands that some other people cared about. First there was a school-based hardcore / emo outfit called Kneejerk, which came to an unceremonious end in around 2000.
After that I got involved in a punk band called Million Dead. We were around for four years, from 2001-2005, and in that time we released 2 albums to 'critical acclaim' and 'underground success' (i.e. we weren't exactly U2). Nevertheless, we made a lot of friends and played a lot of shows, wrote a lot of songs and learnt an awful lot about playing music and making a living out of it. In the end we decided it would be best to part ways before we fell out and while we still had a chance of being a wicked underground band that no one liked at the time a decade hence (see: Slint).
Whilst in Million Dead, I'd started to do some shows on my own - sometimes out of necessity, say for a radio session - and started rediscovering a lot of the music I grew up with, like the Counting Crows, Johnny Cash, Weezer and so on, as well as getting more and more into my country and folk. I started out with folky versions of MD songs and graduated to my own compositions (often bits and pieces that were a little too light for the band). When the 'Deadz came to an end, it seemed like the logical thing to do to try my hand at playing these songs more publicly and more concertedly than before. I also didn't want to stop touring, so I kept going.
Thus the 'neverending tour of everywhere' started in October 2005, and hasn't really stopped since. I've shared stages with everyone from Getcape via Gabby Young to The Automatic, clocking up nearly 200 shows thusfar, much of it done travelling on the train and sleeping on the floor. Release wise, I kicked off with a split with my good friends Reuben, moved through to a CDEP ("Campfire Punkrock") in May, released through my old muckers Xtra Mile Recordings, and even found time for a split with legendary US singer Jonah Matranga.
The next chapter began on January 15th 2007, when my debut album was released in the UK. Entitled "Sleep Is For The Week", it features 13 tracks of pure sex and has been favourably received by everyone from Drownedinsound to The Sun (which covers pretty much the entire world population). I'll be touring it with a backing band (made up of people from Oxford's Dive Dive) in the first two months of the year, before heading out to the States with Jonah, and then returning for more European bothering. You have been warned.
Demo 1 (Released mid 2005 - Now Unavailable)
Demo 2 (Released Late 2005 - Now Unavailable)
Demo 3 (Released Jan 2006 - Was Only Available During The Latvian Tour)
Frank Turner/Reuben Split 7" (Released Jan 2006 - Limited Amount Available)
Campfire Punk Rock (Released 15th May 2006)
Smalltown America Comp. CD - Public Service Broadcast #8 (Released 12th June 2006 - Limited to 250 CDR's)
Frank Turner/Jonah Matranga Split (Release Date - July 25th 2006 - (Welcome Home Records (US) / Xtra Mile Recordings (UK)
Sleep Is For The Week (Release Date - 15th January 2007 - Xtra Mile Recordings)
The Real Damage EP (Release Date - May 2007 - Xtra Mile Recordings)
Soon To Come:
A second album is in the works, most probabily will be released in early 2008, some songs have already been written for this album and some of them can be heard on Frank's live dates around the country.
Frank has also announced that there will be a DVD released by the end of the year which will feature at least one documentary, his music videos, live videos and perhaps a number of fan made music videos *only the best will be featured*