This week on The One You Feed we have Frank Turner.
This is a big episode for me. When I came up with the concept of the show, Frank Turner was the first person I thought of that I wanted to have as a guest. His music is hugely important to me. He feeds my good wolf on a regular basis.
Frank was a singer in a hardcore band, Million Dead. When they broke up he started out on his own with an acoustic guitar. He has released five solo albums, two rarities compilation albums, one split album and five EPs. His fifth studio album, Tape Deck Heart was released just over a year ago.
In This Interview Frank and I Discuss…
- The One You Feed parable.
- The feeling that there is never enough time.
- The importance of friendship in feeding your good wolf.
- His role as a CALM Ambassador.
- Building a community around music.
- What punk rock meant to him as a kid.
- Staying connected to his values of openness and community as he gets more famous
- Music as a refuge for those that don’t fit in.
- Music that he turns to to feed his good wolf.
- Writing the press release for John K Samson’s latest record.
- The challenges of alcohol and drugs.
- Getting older and the changes in identity that come with that.
- His love of dogs and his amazing “dog policy” at shows
- His forthcoming record.
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Jon Stalnaker says
I was also at the Cincinnati show. Take your shirt off!
Gayle Wolf says
Frank is such an amazing person. I sent him an email just to tell him how much I love his music and how it’s changed my life and he actually replied! I feel special that Frank took 1 minute of his time to reply to me. I will always cherish that moment. He lifted me up when I was not in a good place. Love him 🙂
I was also at the Cincinnati concert in the Theatre basement. I am still amazed at the obvious amount of back pain he was enduring but how awesome of a concert that was. I am so greateful that I went to the Dropkick Murphy’s concert in Columbus, where I was first exposed to Frank’s music. As a 35 year old man with children, listening to Frank’s music has helped me to accept my role. limitations, and goals in the stage of my life where others go through a mid life crisis. I grew up llistening to NOFX, Rancid, Bad Region, etc and I thought that I knew what punk was until now. Great interview. I enjoyed it immensely.
Awesome interview Eric, are you going to Nelsonville Music Fest to see Frank at the end of May?
Eric Zimmer says
I’m not sure. I might be i California during that time. You?
What was the name of the Canadian band, Frank said he liked? I couldn’t make out what he said.
The Weakerthans, which is a really awesome band!
Frank and Matt cover a plea from a cat named virtute, which is an amazing tune. Find that on youtube, a good starting point for you 🙂
You can also find the whole album ‘left and leaving’ on YouTube, somebody uploaded it in one piece. But ‘reconstruction site’ is awesome too, with songs like One Great City e.g.
Thanks! I was looking for this.
Quite a while ago since i heard such an amazing interview! I listen to Franks music for about a year now and it already almost completely rules my way of living and everything. The two concerts i went to in Cologne probably were the best ones I ever visited, in both ways, the music and the show. I love how he is so close to us, to his fans, he doesnt seem to take off from the ground like other artists use to. And I was soooo happy when i heard him talking about the Weakerthans (I think it was in his “how music safed my life), cause except of me, my dad and my girlfriend i dont know anybody who ever heard something about that awesome band (they’ve got two albums that are absolutely worth listening to). Whats probably most amazing about his music are his lyrics, cant compare them to anything else i ever listened to. It doesnt matter in which mood I am, there are always a bunch of songs to make you feel better or to melancholically drown yourself in alcohol according to his songs. Nowadays it keeps getting harder to find some “good” music (just my opinion, most people on the world must think different, otherwhise it wouldnt be that way) so I am glad and very greatful that you still provide that what I need most! If you read this, Frank, I just have to ask you for one thing: even if you’re becoming more popular now, keep playing your shows in kinda small shows, playing in very big arenas would kill the private atmosphere!
IMPORTANT: This was the first time i heard about The One You Feed, and I also want to thank you guys for that nice Interview, I like the way you’re doing this website/podcast! Good Work!
I’ve written way too much again, best greetings from Germany!
And now I know why I never feel old!! (I still think I can be a rock star 🙂
Bringing my dog to the next show . . .
Frank is awesome!!!!
Eric Zimmer says
Thanks everyone. Frank is truly awesome. I hope you keep listening to the show.
Amy Munz says
The brilliance of Frank Turner and his music shine in this interview!
I was thrilled to be able to share passion for FTHC with my teenaged daughter at Frank’s set at the 9:30 Club in DC recently.
Magic happened. From Frank watching the opening acts from the stage balcony to him recording a moving tribute song for his lost friend, Josh Burdette. Throughout the gig we sang along, cried, cheered and fell more in love with the music of Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls.