After shedding himself from the raucous punk topper of Million Dead, and dictating his solo work with rebel folk compromises, Turner has turned back to his hardcore roots with FTHC .. (“but if you haven’t got regrets, you haven’t started yet..”)
Still harnessing the epiphany of Billy Brag-esque of coming together for the punk ethos, “The Gathering” and “Haven’t Been Doing So Well” were the full issuing of his next journey in 2022.
Frank Turner is not a name infantile and unfamiliar among those who listen to any kind of music, simply because his collaborations with other musicians alike knows no bounds.
From traditional campfire punkrock, to sorrow folk Tape Deck Heart contemporaries and finally landing on a compromise and a shrug of always coming back to his traditional hardcore beginnings of emphatic songwriting ..
I sure do miss them drugs
And not giving the slightest fuck
Shivering and thunderstruck
But it nearly killed me
And I sure do miss cocaine –
The bravado and bloodstains
Crushing highs and creeping shame –
And it nearly killed me
I’m not invincible after all
I’m not invincible – it’s impossible
To stay awake forever.. // Untainted Love, FTHC
Lyrical ingenuity bulging in-between an explosive mix of full-band colour, FTHC is a natural progression for the singer-songwriter and equally obsessed with rock ‘n’ roll – as he was equally obsessed with the demons that came with it – it’s only right that Turner turns to the rebellious work we’ve seen after the dark world we’ve seen shut off over the past year or so.
Social change comes with immoral justice that needs changing just as much – and it begins with the powers up top.
While the album comes with its revolt, it comes with tales of melancholic beauty about those we’ve lost over the past year too, as gorgeous centrepiece “A Wave Across The Bay” pays homage to late Frightened Rabbit frontman, Scott Hutchinson. The moments of pause among this album really tell you the amount of depth this album goes through.
Frankly enjoyable and simply rock ‘n’ roll, FTHC is a must-for-repeat. I’m not familiar with that saying but if it’s not taken, I’m set to make that my own because it sums up this album so well.
Because I did my fair share of the rock’n’roll
Three minutes and Fifteen seconds version of love
But me I always needed the B sides
And not just the best of // The Work, FTHC