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Interview:
Things are "humming along" for British punk troubadour Frank Turner
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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Frank Turner doesn't feel like he's "on top of a roller coaster," about to make a high velocity breakthrough to the pop mainstream.

But on the heels of his best-selling album, 2011's "England Keep My Bones," and with "Last Minutes & Lost Evenings," a catch-up compilation for his new fans coming Oct. 2, things certainly feel like they're moving forward for the British singer-songwriter.

"I feel like I've had people asking me, 'Do you feel like this is about to be your moment' at different points a number of times over the years," recalls Turner, 30, who studied at Eton College (with Prince William) and the London School of Economics and played in punk bands before launching his solo career in 2005. "Everything for me has been pretty gradual. At any stage it's always just been like another step up, another ratchet up on the crank.

"So I feel like I'm still kind of humming along nicely down the freeway, which is a nice thing to be able to say when you're on album four and working on album five. Most bands don't get to do it like that."

Part of Turner's journey included performing three songs at the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympic Games during July in London, an experience he calls "surreal" but also "very cool" --despite some feedback from the punk community that he should not have done it.

"Punks are supposed to feel like that -- if they didn't they wouldn't be punks," Turner notes with a laugh. "When I was 16, I'd probably be a snotty little turd about it myself.

"But something even in my kind of calloused, cynical heart was stirred a little knowing that it's the only Olympics that's going to happen in my country in my lifetime, so it's pretty cool to be part of that. Some people will probably forget I was there within a decade, but they can't take it away from me, you know?"

Frank Turner, Larry and His Flask and Jenny Owen Young perform Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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