Live. Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls.


Live. Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls
With. Beans on Toast
Portsmouth Guildhall, 13th February 2014.

It only takes one spark. As the police van circled Beans on Toast and his ever-growing post-gig crowd, this idea threatened to become the present danger. One man busking outside the venue in a bid to educate, entertain and sell CD’s. Authority is a funny one. In amongst the glee and the sense of community, the power fell into the right hands. The spark did light a fire. It’s still burning.

Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls headlined Wembley Arena as outsiders. A celebrated and glorious parade of being the underdog. Portsmouth Guildhall however, the last of seven arena shows, was a defiant celebration of belonging.

Beans on Toast used his chaotic, yet mesmerising power to start something beautiful. Just as he had done all those years ago, putting an acoustic guitar in the hands of Frank Turner. His own tales are laced with sex drugs and politics in various guises. Honest and approachable, Beans on Toast is the everyman of folk. The songs may be simple, but that makes the humour, the wit and the message resonate with a complex eternity. Fearless and eternally entertaining, Beans on Toast may never sell out an arena tour, but he could change the world.

Anyone can play guitar. It’s a rarity for someone to command the stage with as much confidence as Frank Turner effortlessly musters though. Backed by The Sleeping Souls, Frank Turner is a genuine force live. The shuddering power they create, from the curtain-drop entrance to the light-hearted riot of closer Four-Simple Words, is simply breathtaking. The bigger room has allowed Frank Turner to play with grandiose. It suits him. The twinkling harrow of Broken Piano sends chills. The madcap gesticulation of Long Live The Queen burns bright. The star jump participation of Recovery, a stroke of inspired genius.

The musical growth that Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls undertook for Tape Deck Heart is paired with a live show that compliments it. The big moments are glorious but when it gets intimate, you’re transported back to the pubs that this story begins in. Privy to their innermost secrets.

Frank Turner has built a diverse and eclectic catalogue. But some things they stay the same. The lyrics are the inspired poetry that makes for wonderful tattoos. The message behind them is one of hard work and hope. At the very core of both Frank Turner and Beans on Toast is a strong sense of story. They’re relatable, optimistic and good-natured. If they can live beyond their dreams, so can you. Why aren’t you? The fire is burning.


~ by justdip on 25/02/2014.

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