Singer talks punk politics in this week's NME
Frank Turner has spoken out against Prime Minister David Cameron.
In this week’s NME, which is on newsstands from today (April 17) or available digitally, Frank Turner talks through the records that shaped his life and politics.
“David Cameron is a twat,” he says. “He carries himself with the attitude that he’s Prime Minister because he thinks he should be, which is a deeply unpleasant trait. I wouldn’t vote for that c**t. But I’m amused when people spout that ‘Nick Clegg stabbed me in the back’ stuff, because the Lib Dems have always been a deeply unprincipled mish-mash of unrealistic bullshit. They’re all politicians at the end of the day – so fuck ’em all.”
The troubadour, who is set to release his fifth album ‘Tape Deck Heart’ on April 22, also spoke about his political beliefs, after apparently being “outed” by The Guardian as right wing last year. “That article was a misrepresentation of my politics, which are 100 per cent based in punk rock; freedom, independence, self-reliance and voluntary co-operation between people. Broadly speaking, I’m a classical liberal. What riled people was that I’m an economic liberal as well,” he said. Read the full interview with Frank Turner in this week’s NME.
Earlier this month, Turner posted a documentary online charting his rise to success. The Way I Tend To Be follows his formative years in hardcore band Kneejerk before moving on to his period as a frontman in UK punk group Million Dead. He also talks at length about the burnout that eventually steered him to become a solo artist. Scroll down to watch it.
As well as Frank Turner, Dave Grohl, Johnny Marr, Bat For Lashes and The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas and many more reveal what records they were listening to at the most important times of their lives in this week’s Record Store Day special issue of NME.
Frank Turner’s UK tour kicks off today (April 17). he will play:
Manchester Academy (April 17)
Glasgow O2 Academy (18)
Leeds Uni Refectory (19)
Bristol Academy (21)
Birmingham Academy (24)
London Forum (25)