Interview: Frank Turner – ‘If I wake up and fall asleep in the same bed, that counts as a day off in my world’

The Former Million Dead frontman talks days off (or the lack of) and his intense work ethic

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This article is from 2015.

Preview: Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls

Frank Turner has one day off before Christmas, and he is spending it doing interviews. Which doesn’t sound like much of a day off. But then Turner has been known for his unflagging work ethic since his days fronting post-hardcore band Million Dead, and that includes touring like a demon. ‘If I wake up and fall asleep in the same bed, that counts as a day off in my world,’ he reckons.

He records his ‘encyclopedic’ memories of many solo gigs in his new tour diary, The Road Beneath My Feet, and is unsurprisingly on the road again touting a new album, Positive Songs for Negative People, which he recorded in country music capital Nashville. Sightseeing, however, is for slackers. ‘We were there for ten days and recording for nine-and-a-half,’ says Turner. ‘I wanted to have a rough, ready performance sounding record.’

‘My career has been very self-driven. In the early days it was just me organising gigs and booking studio time. I don’t have to do it all for myself anymore but I am pro-active, I don’t want to wait around. People who work with me know it’s best to not bother trying to tell me to slow down.’

Barrowland, Glasgow, Fri 13 Nov.

This article is from 2015.

Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls

The former Million Dead frontman has moved away from his hardcore roots to embrace rabble-rousing folk punk in a New Model Army style.

Roundhouse, London NW1

Fri 12 May

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0844 482 8008

It's a four day Frank Turner mini-fest dubbed Lost Evenings. Greatest hits set on 12 May; tenth anniversary performance of Sleep is for the Week on 13 May; solo acoustic show 14 May and Huw Stephens Label of Love Night featuring Xtra Mile Recordings and Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls performing the greatest hits part 2 on 15 May.

Sat 13 May

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0844 482 8008

It's a four day Frank Turner mini-fest dubbed Lost Evenings. Greatest hits set on 12 May; tenth anniversary performance of Sleep is for the Week on 13 May; solo acoustic show 14 May and Huw Stephens Label of Love Night featuring Xtra Mile Recordings and Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls performing the greatest hits part 2 on 15 May.

Sun 14 May

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0844 482 8008

It's a four day Frank Turner mini-fest dubbed Lost Evenings. Greatest hits set on 12 May; tenth anniversary performance of Sleep is for the Week on 13 May; solo acoustic show 14 May and Huw Stephens Label of Love Night featuring Xtra Mile Recordings and Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls performing the greatest hits part 2 on 15 May.

Mon 15 May

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0844 482 8008

It's a four day Frank Turner mini-fest dubbed Lost Evenings. Greatest hits set on 12 May; tenth anniversary performance of Sleep is for the Week on 13 May; solo acoustic show 14 May and Huw Stephens Label of Love Night featuring Xtra Mile Recordings and Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls performing the greatest hits part 2 on 15 May.

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