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Frank Turner UK Tour 2015 - part I

After nearly two months in America, Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls had as much as 36 hours at home (at least the lucky ones) to recover before heading out on the month long UK tour. I joined them for the first 3 dates in Wales and Southampton, and got to catch a glimpse of the new stage set at the first soundcheck. The awesome light boxes featuring the plus and minus from the album-cover, are designed by Laura Kampf, and light up in different colours throughout the gig.

Llandudno, our first stop, was this lovely coastal place with a pier and long beaches. Unfortunately the weather scared us inside, but managed to snap a few shots before having to escape back to the venue to save my camera from the rain (as per usual, most pictures are clickable for bigger versions):

 

After a sleepy overnight drive to Southampton, we found ourselves in even worse weather, so the next couple of days were mostly spent indoors. Managed to do some Christmas shopping and was very pleased with myself, it IS only November after all. Oddly enough, in our double bed hotel room there was a spare single bed and this note... I'm only half convinced it was a coincidence... 

 

A pleasant surprise met us at the Civic Center venue, our friend Tim Omundson had gone on a very crowded train to join the tour for a few days, being a massive Frank Turner fan. So lovely meeting him again, especially in warmer and dryer surroundings than last time. Oh the glamour of backstage dining:

Tim Omundson and Nigel Powell

Tim Omundson, Nigel Powell and Frank Turner

Ben Morse, Matt Nasir and Tim Omundson being onstage paparazzi.

Found a ghost boy!

Tim Omundson waiting to go onstage in Southampton

 

The Southampton shows were great fun, good crowds and good company, with lots of friends and family driving in from all over. Tim got on stage and played harmonica on "I Still Believe" again, which was VERY popular among the audience! Managed to catch his bit (and the rest of the song) on video, check it out here:

 

More backstage "glamour": This is what one looks like after nights on a bus and days in different venues, at least before makeup and fancy clothes happens when it's gig time. Some day I'm pretty sure I'll end up with one single dreadlock. Thank god for hoodies, eh?

After the Southampton gigs I had to go home, but will be rejoining in Bristol. Until then, work, work, and more work.

Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls live in Zürich

Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls got invited to support one of my all time favourite bands - Die Toten Hosen - in Switzerland last month. This was a stadium gig, at Stadion Letzigrund in Zürich. The last of three support-acts, the boys played to a nearly packed stadium, and were a big hit among the audience! Some pictures of the event below.

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Studio days with Dive Dive

Oxford pop-hardcore outfit Dive Dive consists of 3 members from Frank Turner's backing band The Sleeping Souls (Ben Lloyd, Tarrant Anderson and Nigel Powell), plus vocalist Jamie Stuart. The band has released three studio album, the latest one in 2011. The band has finally had enough time off from their busy touring schedule with Frank Turner to write new music and to go back into the studio to record their fourth album!

Jamie Stuart and Tarrant Anderson.

Dive Dive's music is quite different from Frank Turner's, it's punky, raw and has an almost furious energy to it, yet it's catchy as hell and there's not a single dull moment. I joined the boys in their recording studio last week to capture magic in the making.

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Meeting Mew!

A couple of weeks ago, I broke one of my rules. I've always had this thing of not wanting to meet - and certainly not interview - my own idols and heroes. There are several reasons for this, but the most important ones are 1: The risk of making an absolute fool of myself in front of people I have all the respect for, and 2: They might be dicks. I really don't want my idols to turn out to be dicks. And ignorance, in this case, is bliss. So when I was asked - in less than 24 hours' notice - if I wanted to interview Mew, only my number one above any other absolute favourite band (i.e the only band whose logo I could ever imagine tattooing onto my body), my reply was, and I quote: "Djdjdjfjejzkdkwkdk uuuuuuuh... Help!!! Yes, but help, but yes?"

We actually signed a contract in red pen when we first started playing, because we wanted it to look like blood!
— Jonas Bjerre

Less than 24 hours later, I found myself nervously pacing Angst Bar in Oslo, waiting for vocalist Jonas Bjerre and guitarist Bo Madsen to finish the interview they were doing prior to mine. Analysing my own questions ("Are they good enough? Are they too geeky? Is it too obvious that I'm a fan? Is that lame??") when suddenly Mr. Madsen came around the corner, all smiles and greeting me. From thereon out, it was smooth sailing. The fact that they were 10 minutes late for my interview even became a good thing, as they asked if I - if I wasn't busy later - wanted to meet up after their remaining interviews and finish up MY interview before they left for Finland. 

All my fears of meeting these guys were unfounded. I've rarely ever met sweeter, nicer, funnier, more polite and cheekier bands. We discussed new and old music ("An Envoy To The Open Fields was the most difficult song we ever played live. We'd just be standing there counting looking ridiculous"), the return of Johan Wohlert ("He rang us one day and we just: «Don't think so buddy, you backed out! ...Ok, we'll think about it but don't get your hopes up!»"), and the insanely long time between their albums ("I'll give you the release date for the next album right here and now! Exclusively! It will be...") 

When I met them the second time, Bo told me "I'm sorry, I've used up all my funny now", which turned out to not be true at all. We talked about friends' mutual friends ("Black Dick? We always called him Dickward"), and I got to do a mini photo-shoot as well as get a video of them plugging the interview and the website it's featured on. Score!

To read the whole thing, and to get the answer to when the next album will be out, check out Musikknyheter.no! Worry not, it is in English!

Frank Turner UK tour - St. Albans

After the On Blackheath - show the journey went on to St. Albans, a place I've never ever been before. Not much time for sightseeing though, but we DID check out this church which seems to have been built over a period of 4 different eras.

Back at the venue people were already queuing up outside, and the boys got ready for the gig with their regular dressing room shenanigans, which that day featured someone being locked in a wardrobe box!

Who's in the box??

Who's in the box??

O hai Cahir! 

O hai Cahir! 

Warm up time:

The gig was fun, amazing crowd, and Frank's voice seemed to be back to normal after having been struggling with a cold for a few days.

Onto Cambridge!