FRANK TURNER RELEASES NEW ALBUM, NO MAN’S LAND, OUT TODAY
SHARES NEW EPISODE OF ‘TALES FROM NO MAN’S LAND’ PODCAST
16 AUGUST 2019 (TORONTO, ON) - Today sees the release of NO MAN’S LAND, the eighth solo album from Frank Turner. Released via Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records/Universal Music Canada, the country's leading music company, No Man’s Land is produced by Catherine Marks (The Big Moon, Wolf Alice, Foals) and features an all-female cast of musicians. With a UK headline tour to follow across November - including two sold-out shows at London’s Alexandra Palace Theatre on November 30 and December 3, 2019 - the new album arrives alongside the sixth episode of Frank’s successful ‘Tales From No Man’s Land’ podcast, which debuted at #2 on the Apple UK chart.
Listen to No Man's Land HERE
No Man’s Land is dedicated throughout to the vital stories of women whose lives have all too often been overlooked by dint of their gender. “It’s bringing together my two main interests in life, which have always been separate from each other - history and songwriting,” explains Turner, who can be found seeking out long-forgotten historical sites on self-guided psychogeographical strolls when he’s not packing out arenas or headlining festivals.
Hailing from across wide geographical and historical lines, the women ‘No Man’s Land’ pays tribute to include Byzantine nun Kassiani (The Hymn of Kassiani), Egyptian feminist activist Huda Sha'arawi (The Lioness), and Resusci Anne (Rescue Annie) an apocryphal drowned virgin whose face was used as the model for the medical CPR mannequin across the world. There’s the serial killer from the Deep South who plucked her victims from lonely hearts pages (Nannie Doss), the jazz-obsessed heiress who fought for the Free French (Nica Rothschild), a rowdy coach house landlady from 17th century Camden Town accused of witchcraft (Jinny Bingham), and the Wild West vaudeville star shot by a small-town outlaw (Dora Hand). ‘No Man’s Land’ also includes perhaps the most revelatory song of Turner’s career. Written in tribute to his mother, Rosemary Jane honours her grit and determination through the harder parts of his childhood. “It is quite a raw song,” Frank admits, adding that he felt compelled to ask permission from his mother and sisters to include the track.
Turner’s companion podcast ‘Tales From No Man’s Land’ takes a deep dive into each song, like a sonic Cliffs Notes. Produced in collaboration with Somethin’ Else and released every week through to late September, it sees Turner talking to historians and experts at places important to the women on the record, from Jinny Bingham’s coach house to Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (which only last year honoured Rosetta Tharpe), the Dodge City’s Boot Hill Museum and Southwark’s Cross Bones graveyard.“I’m not someone who believes in the supernatural, but there’s definitely an imprint when you’re at the place that was important to them,” says Turner. “It feels like a nice honouring, and a way to say ‘hey, we’re still thinking about you’.” The podcast is available from Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Acast, alongside all other platforms.
Frank will play new material from ‘No Man’s Land’ across a 9 date UK headline tour, including two sold-out dates at London’s Alexandra Palace Theatre on November 30 and December 3, 2019. The tour will see Turner put a new twist on his formidable live set up, featuring a solo set followed by an unplugged band performance in seated venues. See full tour itinerary HERE.
NO MAN’S LAND features thirteen tracks:
- Jinny Bingham’s Ghost
- Sister Rosetta
- I Believed You, William Blake
- A Perfect Wife
- Silent Key
- Eye of the Day
- The Death of Dora Hand
- The Graveyard of the Outcast Dead
- The Lioness
- The Hymn of Kassiani
- Rescue Annie
- Rosemary Jane
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