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

Preview: Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls

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

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.

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