Frank Turner announces new album ‘Be More Kind’, streams ‘1933’

Frank Turner Be More Kind press shot 2018

Frank Turner has just revealed his new album Be More Kind will be released on May 4th via Xtra Mile Recordings. Check out the artwork and tracklisting below. The first track to be revealed from the new record is titled 1933 and is streaming below.

1933 is inspired by articles Turner had come across that posit the idea that the alt-right is punk rock. He comments on 1933:

That filled me with a mixture of incredulity and anger. The idea that Breitbart or Steve Bannon think they have anything to do with punk rock makes me extremely angry.

The album’s title, Be More Kind, is derived from a line from a Clive James poem (“I should have been more kind. It is my fate. To find this out, but find it out too late”). Produced by Austin Jenkins and Joshua Block, Turner’s seventh full length once again combines Turner’s intricate folk and punk roar trademarks.

Frank Turner — 1933

Turner comments on the album’s title:

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.

The songs on Be More Kind started coming together while Frank was touring the US with his band The Sleeping Souls in 2016. A central theme on the album is “a convergence of the ideas of personal and political”.

Turner has also announced the Be More Kind World Tour, which will begin in April, with its first leg playing to over 200,000 people across the UK, the USA, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. More dates are to come in 2019. All dates can be found below.

At 19:33 PM GMT today, Frank will be doing a very special Facebook live Q&A and acoustic performance of first track 1933.

Frank Turner Be More Kind Artwork

Be More Kind tracklisting

  • Don’t Worry
  • 1933
  • Little Changes
  • Be More Kind
  • Make America Great Again
  • Going Nowhere
  • Brave Face
  • There She Is
  • 21st Century Survival Blues
  • Blackout
  • Common Ground
  • The Lifeboat
  • Get It Right

Tour dates:

13th Manchester Academy
15th 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

Originally published at Indie is not a genre.