Frank Turner further amplifies excitement for his forthcoming album, FTHC, by sharing the brand new single, “Miranda.” Whereas “Haven’t Been Doing So Well“ found the words to encapsulate the emotions that so many of us have lived through over the past 18+ months, “Miranda” tackles a story that comes purely from Turner’s own life.
With a country twang and clattering grunge dynamics, Turner introduces the story as he sings, “My father is called Miranda these days / She’s a proud transgender woman and my resentment has started to fade.” The pair had been estranged for years following a difficult childhood and his parents’ separation. But when his father transitioned from male to female, they reconciled and now their relationship, although still fragile, is at least heading in the right direction.
Turner says, “Miranda's just actually quite a nice person, but my dad was a shitty person, a bitter and angry and resentful person who had a gigantic temper problem. If you just continue with resentment endlessly for somebody, it's not having any kind of meaningful effect. The only person it's affecting is you and it's a waste of energy. Miranda’s not a completely new person, but she’s certainly a new version of a person – and a much better version.” Stream “Miranda” on YouTube HERE, on all platforms HERE, and read a new interview with The Guardian about the track HERE.
Frank Turner is set to release his brand new studio album, FTHC, on Friday, February 11, 2022 via Xtra Mile Recordings / Polydor. His first since 2019’s No Man’s Land with accompanying Podcast, FTHC marks a new chapter in a career that has already spawned four Top 5albums; nearing an impressive 3000 shows to over two million people worldwide and stretching from grassroots venues to Wembley Arena and the O2.
FTHC was recorded at ARC (Abbey Recording Studios) just outside of Oxford and produced/mixed by Rich Costey (Foo Fighters, Muse, Biffy Clyro). The album opens with “Non Serviam,” a two-minute blast of vitriolic hardcore that reflects the record’s title—a genre he again attacks on “My Bad.” But elsewhere it darts between punk, folk, hard rock and singer-songwriter confessionals. “Fatherless” is particularly revealing as Turner reflects on childhood trauma. “A Wave Across A Bay” is a tribute to his friend, the late Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit. The album ends with a rumination on leaving the capital after 7300 days for a new life on the Essex coast with the bittersweet “Farewell To My City.” It’s a mini autobiography rooted in time and place, but one that ultimately accepts that it’s time to move on.
Turner’s extensive support of the live music scene during the pandemic saw him play countless livestream benefit shows to raise money and awareness of the importance of small venues all across the country. After raising nearly £300,000 he was recently awarded the Music Venue Trust’saward for Outstanding Achievement for Grassroots Music Venues.