LIVE: Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls @ Upstate Concert Hall, 11/2/16
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
The fab Brit folk-punkster Frank Turner has played the Upstate Concert Hall several times in recent years, but when he and his band, the Sleeping Souls, rolled into the Clifton Park nightspot earlier this month he was facing his first sold-out crowd at the venue.
And he didn’t let anybody down.
Following solid opening sets from Canadian rockers Arkells and British singer-songwriter Will Varley, Turner grabbed the spotlight and launched into his T.S. Eliot-inspired opener, “I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous.” Clearly, this wasn’t an ordinary rock show…
FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS SET LIST
I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous
I Still Believe
Long Live the Queen
Hits & Mrs.
The Way I Tend to Be
The Opening Act of Spring
If Ever I Stray
Try This at Home
Out of Breath
Love Ire & Song
Four Simple Words
Excerpt from Kirsten Ferguson’s review at The Daily Gazette: “Part of the appeal is his earnest romanticism. On opening song ‘I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous,’ the literate songwriter referenced poet T.S. Eliot and legendary Americana songwriter Gram Parsons while singing nostalgically about plotting revolution with the ‘lovers’ and ‘losers’ in his southern England small-town scene. Yet the former vocalist of hardcore punk band Million Dead — who is equal parts sensitive singer-songwriter and arena rocker — also knows how to get a crowd moving with his bursts of bristling energy. Dressed in a white short-sleeve button-down shirt and skinny black tie with tattoos running up his arms, Turner got the crowd to jump along with him on upbeat rocker ‘The Next Storm,’ celebrated getting old ‘disgracefully’ on the rousing ‘Losing Days’ and asked the crowd to put on their ‘dancing shoes’ for the frenetic, Celtic punk of ‘Try This at Home.’ He and the band even ripped out a snippet of Motörhead’s classic headbanger ‘Ace of Spades’ before exhorting the crowd to lift their arms and wave their fingers in a gesture of ‘jazz hands’ during the chorus of indie-punk anthem ‘Glorious You’ from his most recent album, 2015’s ‘Positive Songs for Negative People.'”
Punk with Empathy: An Interview with Frank Turner by Lisa Christopher and Jim Gilbert