Crannk Interviews Frank Turner

FRANK TURNER releases tenth studio album ‘UNDEFEATED’ via Xtra Mile Recordings, along with a music video for the focus track 


Today Frank Turner releases his anticipated tenth album ‘Undefeated’ via Xtra Mile Recordings. The album is the follow-up to his first UK #1 album, 2022’s ‘FTHC’, and sees him again embracing the liberation of being an independent artist. I recently caught up with Frank for Crannk and Cranium Radio to discuss the latest album “Undefeated” which was released worldwide today.

Keep your eyes peeled on Frank’s Youtube channel as he will be sharing a new video for the album track ‘International Hide & Seek Champions’ featuring footage from the campaign so far.

Tomorrow (May 4th) Frank will embark on a groundbreaking venture: the first-ever Music Venue Trust world record attempt to play the most gigs in different cities in 24 hours by playing fifteen shows across the country. The previous (official) record is held by Hunter Hayes with ten shows and before that, it was the Flaming Lips with eight. But there’s a serious point too. The challenge will support grassroots venues and independent record stores across the country. Frank’s effort will be supported by London’s No. 1 Taxi app FREENOW, which will be providing e-taxis for him to complete the almost 500-mile journey, which runs from Liverpool to Southampton. All the shows aside from London Underworld (at 4 am) are now sold out. 

Frank also announced the monumental news this week that his landmark 3000th show has been scheduled for London’s iconic Alexandra Palace on 22 February 2025. In the run-up to his landmark 3000th show party, Frank’s schedule remains packed, playing a run of European dates in May, including shows as special guests on NOFX’s final tour, before heading across North America in late May and throughout June. He will play a series of UK headline shows (that have now all sold out) and festivals in the summer (Glastonbury, Docksfest, 2000trees, Latitude and Y NOT?) before taking the seventh installment of his Lost Evenings extravaganza to Canada for the first time in September. 

Thematically, ‘Undefeated’ finds the sweet spot between youthful outspokenness and surviving midlife’s challenges, it’s a record that explores both emotionally compelling topics and lighter reflections on those troubles that eventually come to us all. Sonically it’s full of echoes to influences that Frank has touched upon at various moments in his kaleidoscopic career, from Black Flag to Counting Crows, from Descendents to The Pogues, via Elvis Costello and Billy Bragg.

There are no clichés about the difficult 10th album, so in some ways, that’s a liberating statement. 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.”



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