(Toronto, ON) – Frank Turner has revealed “Blackout”, the first single from his new album Be More Kind today. The song “is new territory for me, musically – a song you could even play in a club,” says Turner. “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.
Be More Kind, out May 4 via Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company, represents a thematic and sonic line in the sand for the 36-year-old. “I wanted to try and get out of my comfort zone and do something different,” says Turner.
After his stripped-down, live-sounding previous album, Positive Songs for Negative People, Turner wanted to try a new approach for his next record. With this in mind, he recruited producers Charlie Hugall (Florence And The Machine, Halsey) and White Denim’s Austin Jenkins and Joshua Block, and the idea of recording a more rock-led album with tints of electronic-pop took shape. Be More Kind was made over a period of seven months, giving Turner the opportunity to turn songs on their head, try different versions, and shake up the dynamics within his band.
Be More Kind was inspired by a Clive James poem called “Leçons Des Ténèbres”: “I should have been more kind. It is my fate / To find this out, but find it out too late.” “It devastated me the first time I read it,” Turner 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.” Pre-order Be More Kind HERE.
Toronto Tour Dates
September 19th, 2018 The Phoenix Concert Theatre
September 20th, 2018 The Phoenix Concert Theatre