Frank Turner - Campfire Punkrock
Record Label: Xtra Mile Recordings
Release Date: May 15, 2006 (UK release)
British singer Frank Turner has a certain flair for the dramatic. On his EP Campfire Punkrock he sings about drunken nights, the perils of being British ("Nashville, Tennessee"), and the impact Margaret Thatcher had on the British youth ("Thatcher $%@#$ the Kids"). Most importantly though he sings with steadiness, conviction, and a confidence few artists exhibit these days. There's something inherently honest, sincere, and simple about his songs. Yes, he's the boy next door, but he's also a tender, starving artist, something he wears on his sleeve over the course of the six songs on Campfire Punkrock. His songs are exactly as the album describes them - acoustic singalongs set to the backdrop of British punk themes: anger, rebellion and politics. Turner doesn't have the world's best voice, but it's not exactly horrid either. There's something warm and appealing in his middleground vocal delivery. And in his music, there's a stirring, gravitational attraction that begs the listener to come closer, to become encircled of the world of Frank Turner.
Having toured and recorded an album with former emo darling Jonah Matranga, Turner is no stranger to the American stage. He was also in a punk band in Britain before giving the singer/songwriter route a go. It's definitely something he should continue to pursue, and his is a name to keep on the musical radar screen in the years to come. Since the release of Campfire Punkrock, Turner has released his debut album Sleep is for the Week, and later this month (March 31) will release Love, Ire, and Song.