Frank Turner has said that he will be releasing a new solo album in February 2015.
The singer revealed his plans for the follow-up to 2013’s ‘Tape Deck Heart’, saying it won’t be as dark as its predecessor. “I’m writing quite upbeat songs at the moment, by my standards anyway – they’re still about the long dark night of the soul,” he said to Gigwise.
Speaking about the release date for what will be his sixth solo album, he commented: “February, I’ll put money on it. There’ll be an 18 month world tour starting in January. We’re going to destroy the world in bitesize chunks.”
Turner, who will be playing a number of UK festivals this summer, including Kendal Calling, Sonisphere and Standon Calling, added that ‘Tape Deck Heart’ was “a lot darker than I thought it was when I was writing it.” He explained: “A lot of people were like ‘fuck me dude, are you really going to say that on the record?’ and I was like ‘yeah’ but now it’s quite surprising. It’s definitely a record that I needed to make, on a creative as well as a personal level.”
Meanwhile, Turner’s hardcore band Mongol Horde recently announced their UK tour plans. The band, who released their self-titled debut album in May, will play a nine-date tour later this month, kicking off at Birmingham The Institute – Library on June 19, with shows in Newcastle, Leeds, Bristol, Portsmouth, London, Nottingham and Manchester, finishing up on June 29 at Glasgow King Tuts. The band will also be playing this summer’s Reading and Leeds Festivals, on the Lock Up stage. The band features Turner’s former Million Dead bandmate Ben Dawson and Matt Nasir, who is a member of the singer’s current backing band The Sleeping Souls.