Turner's musical career began at school, with the short-lived alternative band Kneejerk. The band self-released three albums and played several shows around the UK (including a support slot for boysetsfire), before disbanding in November 2001.
In 2001, Turner joined London hardcore band Million Dead at the invitation of former Kneejerk drummer Ben Dawson. In 2005, after four years and two albums, the band announced that they were parting ways, as “irreconcilable differences within the band mean that it would be impossible to continue.”
Turner's first solo shows took place prior to the break-up of Million Dead, with a set at the Smalltown America all-dayer at 93 Feet East in London. After the band's split, Turner felt that “it seemed like the logical thing to do to try my hand at playing these songs more publicly and more concertedly than before”. Turner states that "when Million Dead finished, I wanted to stay on tour, but I didn’t want the hassle of putting a band together."
After a split EP with rock band Reuben, Turner's first solo EP, Campfire Punkrock, was released in May 2006 on Xtra Mile Recordings. After touring in support of American singer-songwriter Jonah Matranga, the two released a split EP in August 2006. In September, he was the last act to appear on Steve Lamacq's “Lamacq Live” show on BBC Radio 1. Turner's debut full-length, Sleep Is for the Week, was released in January 2007.
After an extensive tour, including dates supporting yourcodenameis:milo and Biffy Clyro, and an appearance at SXSW, Turner released an EP, The Real Damage, in May 2007. After a further tour with Jonah Matranga and Jacob Golden, the “All About The Destination” DVD was released in October, before returning to the studio in Hampshire to record his second album. The album, Love Ire & Song was released on March 31, 2008, followed by an extensive UK tour with Andy Rourke and Chris T-T.
During summer 2008, Turner made several festival appearances, including sets at Two Thousand Trees Festival, the Cambridge Folk Festival, Truck, Glastonbury, Jam By The Lake (in Durham) and the Reading and Leeds Festivals.
In October/November, during his 2008 UK Tour for the Love, Ire and Song album, he became ill with Gastroenteritis, and was forced to cancel Nottingham halfway through the set. All remaining shows, which included Nottingham, Liverpool and Ireland were cancelled. He hadn't cancelled a show in 10 years. 'This is the first time in 10 years on the road that this has happened. I wasn't 100% before the show, and was nearly persuaded to pull the show then, but thought that 500 people with tickets deserved my best efforts.' He went on to reschedule all cancelled shows January 2009.
In December he released The First Three Years, a compilation of demos, b-sides and covers that are not featured either of his studio albums. In January 2009, he released a combined package of The First Three Years and Love Ire & Song, and supported The Gaslight Anthem on their tour of the UK and Europe, demoing several new songs and announcing his plans to record a new album in May. The album, reportedly titled Poetry For the Deed, is tentatively scheduled for release in September, with a UK tour following in October. The album will be produced by Alex Newport, as previously suggested in interview by Turner.
Regarding the new album, Turner recently stated that:
The new album is about 75% written - in the sense that the songs, as skeletons, are done, but this time round I’m rehearsing the material with my band before we record, so I’m sure that some things will change in terms of structure and arrangement as we settle into them. We’re recording the album as a band this time round, I’m really excited about it, the guys I play with are phenomenal musicians, and hopefully this way I’ll be able to close the gap a little between live and studio. Material-wise I’m really happy about where I am at the moment, though not complacent; there’s a fair amount of pressure for this record, from me more than anyone else. The album is going to be called Poetry Of The Deed.
Turner has been announced as a support act on The Offspring's upcoming Summer tour, during which he will be documenting his travels with a blog on English music website NME. Regarding the announcement, Turner states that: "Smash was one of the first punk records I ever bought, and I’m blown away to even be considered for the shows. From a “career” point of view, it’s also great - playing to many thousands of people a night across the States is an opportunity not to be sniffed at."
On April 28, Turner signed with Epitaph Records for releases outside the UK.
- The First Three Years (2008)
- Frank Turner Demo (2005)
- "Vital Signs" (December 25, 2006)
- "Photosynthesis" (March 24, 2008)
- "Reasons Not to Be an Idiot" (June 23, 2008)
- "Long Live the Queen" (October 20, 2008) UK #65
- "Reasons Not to Be an Idiot" (iTunes Single of the Week, week commencing 26 January 2009)
- "The Road" (August 31, 2009)
- Xtra Mile Singles Club Split (January 30, 2006)
- Jonah Matranga / Frank Turner Split (July 17, 2006)
- Under The Influence - Volume 7: Frank Turner / Austin Lucas Split (???? ??, 2009) - Vinyl Collective. Frank covers Bruce Springsteen's "Thunder Road" (released on iTunes April 17, 2009).
- 'Think Black Flag' written by Frank Turner
- `I hate Frank Turner` was written and self released by London folk singer/songwriter Olly Hopper in 2009 (www.myspace.com/ollyclam) Frank has written to Olly "haha, im flattered!"
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