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Undefeated
05/03/2024
Frank Turner Undefeated Punk Rock Theory
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London-based independent powerhouse rock/punk label Xtra Mile Recordings and celebrated singer-songwriter Frank Turner are excited to announce the Friday, May 3 release of Undefeated, Turner’s 10th studio album and the follow-up to his critically acclaimed #1 UK album, FTHC.

Finding the sweet spot between youthful outspokenness and surviving midlife’s challenges, Undefeated is a record that explores both emotionally compelling topics and lighter reflections on those troubles that eventually come to most of us: who you are versus who you wanted to be in your youth, life-altering love, fading friendships, wistful nostalgia, the mental fallout and political consequences that still linger from the pandemic era, and the more prosaic issue of persistent backache. Leading the collection is the spirited sing-along “Do One,” an anthem that finds Turner firing on all cylinders via a supremely catchy message of defiance (“I’m still standing up and there’s nothing you can do!”) which straddles the spectrum between power-pop and pop-punk.

“‘Do One’ is the last song I wrote for the new album, and the first song on that album, as well as the first single,” he says. “So it’s a summation of what I’m trying to say with this record — a record about survival and defiance — but also one with a sense of fun and self-deprecation. 19 years into my solo career, I’m still standing up and putting out some of my best work. It feels good.” Watch the music video for “Do One” below..

“Now I’m surprised to report that as I enter my forties, I’ve returned to being an angry man,” Frank Turner sings on the recent track “No Thank You For The Music.” And that’s a concise statement as to what to expect from the forthcoming Undefeated.

“There are no clichés about the difficult 10th album, so in some ways, that's a liberating statement,” he continues. “But at the same time, I have a duty to justify writing and releasing a 10th album. That's a lot of records for anybody. Also, I’m 42. Which is not a sexy, rock’n’roll age. But all through my career, I've been interested in writers like Loudon Wainwright III or The Hold Steady, people who write about adulthood, essentially.”

While thematically Undefeated is informed by this time in life, sonically, it’s full of echoes to influences that Turner has touched upon at various moments in his kaleidoscopic career. It switches from Black Flag to Counting Crows, from Descendents to The Pogues, via Elvis Costello and Billy Bragg. Its freewheeling nature is reflective not only of his newfound independence, but also of the creative environment he found himself in.

In true DIY spirit, Undefeated represents a new chapter for the punk veteran — the result of Turner’s decision to step away from the major label world and re-embrace the liberation of working as an independent artist. Additionally, the album was recorded in the home studio that he and his wife, Jessica Guise, share on Mersea Island, Essex, and was written and produced entirely by himself. It also features his longstanding, loyal bandmates The Sleeping Souls — Ben Lloyd (guitar), Tarrant Anderson (bass), Callum Green (drums) and Matt Nasir (piano).

The release of Undefeated will of course see this punk road warrior tour with the tenacity and intense schedules that he’s known for (such as the sprawling 50 States in 50 Days North American tour) but with even bigger ambitions that will be revealed in due course as he nears his 3000th (!) show. But for now, anticipate the new album: a typically energizing, literate, playful and provocative set from a musician who remains Undefeated after a quarter-of-a-century in the game.

 

Undefeated track list:

  1. Do One
  2. Never Mind The Back Problems
  3. Ceasefire
  4. Girl From The Record Shop
  5. Pandemic PTSD
  6. Letters
  7. East Finchley
  8. No Thank You For The Music
  9. The Leaders
  10. International Hide and Seek Champions
  11. Show People
  12. On My Way
  13. Somewhere Inbetween
  14. Undefeated