Ahead of his visit to Edinburgh next month, folk/rock troubadour Frank Turner has shared the first single from his soon-to-be-released new album, Be More Kind.
You can listen to Blackout below.
Blackout is available through Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records and, says Turner, “is new territory for me, musically – a song you could even play in a club, it’s about how we might collectively respond to social dislocation and collapse…”
The accompanying video was directed by Michael Baldwin and shot on the George Lucas stage at the famous Elstree Studios, the same studio complex where key scenes from numerous legendary films – including Star Wars and the Indiana Jones trilogies – have been shot over its 90-year history.
Turner, who plays Edinburgh’s Liquid Room on April 21, says new album Be More Kind (out May 4) was inspired by the Clive James poem Leçons Des Ténèbres.
“It devastated me the first time I read it,” he says. “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.
“I wanted to try and get out of my comfort zone and do something different,” he continues. “Somewhere in the record, there’s a convergence of the ideas of personal and political, which is a central theme of the album.
“One of the driving themes of the album is empathy, even for your enemy. You should at least be able to inhibit the mental universe of the people you disagree with. If you can’t do that, then how do you communicate with people other than through force of arms, which is something we all agree is a bad idea.”
Listen to Blackout and check out Frank Turner’s full UK tour dates below:
BE MORE KIND TOUR – UK & IRELAND DATES:
13th Manchester Academy
15th Dublin The Academy
16th 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 01/05/2018
2nd Southend Cliffs Pavilion 02/05/2018
4th Leicester O2 Academy 04/05/2018
5th Oxford O2 Academy 05/05/2018
8th Hull City Hall
9th Norwich UEA