Sometime near the end of April, on the eve of the month of May, I conjured up the idea of a summer tour list that would encapsulate, or at least offer a brief glimpse, of the bands touring through the greater Reading, Pennsylvania area. This column, the first of many, was intended to be a monthly one, rich with tour dates, links to music and tickets, and blurbs about the bands that were stopping by. I’ll be honest, and not the slightest bit humble, it was a terrific idea and, I think, its first iteration went swimmingly. Unfortunately, as the summer is winding up to officially begin, the touring pool is a bit shallow, stagnant, murky, or whatever water-themed analogy you like best (my money is on shallow.) Still, a promise is a promise, and when I said that I would do this monthly I meant it and intend to fully deliver. So, despite the absolute lack of quality content for the upcoming month, allow me—without further ado—to present the only show I could find that is worth mentioning in the entire month of June.
Who? – Frank Turner
What? – A live show
Where? – Chameleon Club: Lancaster, Pa
When? – Saturday, June 1st
How? – Get your tickets here.
Anyone who was listening to music all the way back in April knows that british folk-singer Frank Turner released his fifth full-length album, Tape Deck Heart, the first of which was with major record label, Interscope. Before the word “major” paired with the word “label” has you running off to hide from the hipster police (which is impossible, they’d thought of all the hiding places before anyone else even knew what hiding was) let me clarify that Frank Turner hasn’t changed a bit. Of course, the latter portion of that sentence makes absolutely zero sense if you’re unversed in his music and therefore do no know what it is he hasn’t changed from. However, I think at the beginning of this paragraph I mentioned that he was a folk-singer, an admittedly broad generalization that gives a pretty vague impression of a sweeping genre.
To narrow things down to an understandable amount, let’s assign another word to Frank Turner’s musical styling: punk. There, does that help any? No, alright well, in Turner’s case, folk-punk pair up like a much less latexed version of Batman and Robin; That is to say it combines edgy badassery with good old fashioned feelings and emotions…emotions, which, in this case, actually add to the raw feeling that is usually emitted by the punk rock genre. All right, let’s sum this up-Frank Turner writes cranky and sometimes rude punk songs typically played out with an acoustic guitar to a furiously fist-flying, and high-energy result. His high-octane folk-punk wears its heart on its metaphoric sleeve, delivering heartfelt, relatable stories in a way that’s often crass and intimidating. Basically, Turner tells phenomenal musical stories, but ones that I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of. So there it is then: a Folk and punk rock marriage with Turner’s thick accent shouting to ordain the whole affair.
For those who lost track, Turner will assuredly put on one heck of an intense and unforgettable show. Put on your dancing shoes, paint up your face, and head out this Saturday to Lancaster City to watch Frank Turner give the only notable performance stopping by in this area for the next 30 days. Enjoy.
Check out Frank Turner’s latest, Tape Deck Heart