On Friday night, Frank Turner played Philadelphia’s Electric Factory in support of his latest album, Tape Deck Heart. Backed by The Sleeping Souls, the English folk-punk singer cracked open the night with “Photosynthesis”, off 2008’s compilation collection The First Three Years, which sparked plenty of singing and dancing amongst the crowd. From there, the night was a journey through his diverse repertoire; from catchy pop-punk to heartfelt balladry to anthemic sing alongs. One major highlight was a rocking rendition of “Peggy Sang The Blues” off his 2011 studio album, England Keep My Bones.
Does the name ring some bells? Here’s a little info: Since disbanding his hardcore outfit Million Dead in 2005, Turner has consistently toured, working his way up from pubs and halls to eventually heading Wembley Arena. Last year, he managed to wiggle into the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Clearly, he’s on his way overseas, but stateside, he’s got a ways to go and he’s working on attracting some chatter and word of mouth. After seeing this show, I’ll be telling everyone about him.