rank Turner is today sharing the new video for ‘Little Changes’, which appears on his brand new album Be More Kind, out now through Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor. Following a sold-out UK headline tour, the new album arrives ahead of Turner’s recently announced Be More Kind 2019 tour, a string of arena dates which will include London’s Alexandra Palace on 3rd February 2019.
The irrepressible new clip for ‘Little Changes’ – directed by Glenn Paton – is notable as possibly the first Frank Turner video to ever feature a choreographed dance sequence. Mirroring the track’s urging to tackle life’s biggest challenges with small adjustments (informed by Frank’s own experience of cognitive behavioural therapy), it captures a suited & booted Turner squaring up next to the professionals. Speaking about the making the video, Turner says; “I have a long history of choosing uncomfortable and challenging ideas for videos (wrestling CM Punk, anyone?), but I have to say that getting a dance routine together was probably the hardest one to date. As I may have mentioned in song in the past, I’m not much of a dancer, but with the help of a choreographer (and two professionals), we put this video together, and I have to say I like it a lot.”
Be More Kind represents a thematic and sonic line in the sand for 36-year-old Turner. “I wanted to try and get out of my comfort zone and do something different,” says Turner. After the stripped-down, live-sounding previous album Positive Songs…, Turner wanted to try a new approach for the record. With this in mind he recruited producers Austin Jenkins and Joshua Block, formerly of psychedelic-rock Texans White Denim, and Florence And The Machine and Halsey collaborator Charlie Hugall and the idea of recording a more rock-led album with tints of electronic-pop took shape. Be More Kind was made over a period of seven months, giving Turner the opportunity to turn songs on their head, try different versions and shake up the dynamics within his band.
Be More Kind was inspired by a Clive James poem called Leçons Des Ténèbres: “I should have been more kind. It is my fate. To find this out, but find it out too late.” “It devastated me the first time I read it,” he says. “A lot of older, wiser people tend to say things like that, that the things that come out in the wash at the end of a human life are the way you treated the people around you. In the modern world, that’s a lesson that all of us, myself included could do to learn.”
Turner is currently amidst the first leg of the Be More Kind World Tour, which sees him playing 120 dates to over 200,000 people across the UK, the USA, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
BE MORE KIND 2019 – WORLD TOUR
Tickets available from www.frank-turner.com
22nd Birmingham Arena
25th Manchester Victoria Warehouse
27th Leeds First Direct Arena
29th Glasgow 02 Academy
1st Bournemouth Windsor Hall
2nd Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
3rd London Alexandra Palace
REMAINING UK & IRELAND 2018 DATES
4th Leicester O2 Academy 04/05/2018 SOLD OUT
5th Oxford O2 Academy 05/05/2018 SOLD OUT
8th Hull City Hall
9th Norwich UEA