Frank Turner

Thursday

SXSW Records

Frank Turner

Love Ire & Song (Xtra Mile)

Turner, the former frontman for UK punk outfit and John Peel favorite Million Dead, has grown up and out of outright rage and into something approaching – at 27 – the heavy-clever wit and wry, do-or-die romantic solidarity of socially superconscious singer-songwriter Billy Bragg by way of Joe Strummer. And it fits him like a perfect pair of battered black Doc Martens: His soul bounces all over the 14 tracks here, from the caustically honest "Reasons Not to Be an Idiot" to the sing-along truth of "The Ballad of Me and My Friends." Lyrically, Love Ire & Song is sublime, funny, and heartbreaking (it's impossible not to mist up during the passionate "Long Live the Queen"), but Turner's smart, touching words are always equaled (but rarely bested) by his driving acoustic guitar. Fourteen tracks, 500 emotions, three chords, and the truth add up to one dead-brilliant debut. (Thu., Latitude 30, 8pm; Fri., Friends, 9pm.)

****

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
Thursday Interview
Thursday Interview

Nina Hernandez, March 20, 2015

Thursday Picks & Sleepers
Thursday Picks & Sleepers
SXSW Thursday handicapping by the blurb

March 20, 2015

More Music Reviews
Review: Grandmaster, <i>Grandmaster</i>
Review: Grandmaster, Grandmaster
Funk prog rock supergroup lures listeners through each stage of cosmic cult indoctrination

Miranda Garza, May 24, 2024

Review: Nova, <i>NovApocalypse</i>
Review: Nova, NovApocalypse
Experimental folk-pop player Nova’s sophomore release gets twisted

Laiken Neumann, May 24, 2024

More by Marc Savlov
Remembering James “Prince” Hughes, Atomic City Owner and Austin Punk Luminary
Remembering James “Prince” Hughes, Atomic City Owner and Austin Punk Luminary
The Prince is dead, long live the Prince

Aug. 7, 2022

Green Ghost and the Masters of the Stone
Texas-made luchadores-meets-wire-fu playful adventure

April 29, 2022

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Frank Turner

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Keep up with happenings around town

Kevin Curtin's bimonthly cannabis musings

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle