True to form, Frank Turner continues to champion hard graft and musicianship with Don’t Worry – EP.

2018 saw seasoned pioneer in DIY rock ‘n’ roll Frank Turner play to over 200,000 people off the back of the release of his seventh album, Be More Kind. The record was a hit both critically and commercially, earning a spot at number three in the UK charts. Don’t Worry is the third single from the album and it comes backed with some tasty new material for fans to sink their teeth into.

Don’t Worry is itself a pleasant number with an uplifting message. A warmly toned guitar is choppily chucked in time with hand claps that snap under Turner’s familiarly assured and soothing vocals. Any dust that had settled after the Don’t Worry’s conclusion is swiftly kicked up by the rambunctious introduction of Bar Staff. An ode to the underpaid, this song encapsulates the homegrown and hardworking ideologies that are so frequently associated with Turner and his music. This track stands out immensely thanks to its big, brassy swagger– truly empowering.

The mood shifts once more with How It Began. Just Turner and his six-strings for the majority of the track, it’s an incredibly intimate insight into a budding relationship. The conversational lyrics make us listeners feel somewhat voyeuristic and what we are being told feels very personal. Finally, the emotional rollercoaster soars back into the upbeat. Little Changes is a familiar track from Be More Kind, however, the contributions of Toronto community charity Choir! Choir! Choir! inject the song with a new lease of life. The EP’s closer embodies the spirit and heart that makes Frank Turner’s art so impactful for so many.

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Predictably, Turner is currently on tour in the UK – an eight-date arena tour that comes to a close this Sunday at London’s famous Alexandra Palace. On 15th February, he will DJ and co-curate Xtra Mile Recording’s event at London Omeara in participation of War Child BRITs Week 2019. Following this, Turner will be releasing his book ‘Try This At Home’. This year also marks the US debut of his AIM Award-winning festival Lost Evenings, which will be held at Boston’s legendary House of Blues. So, plenty to be getting on with then…

Aaron Jackson

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