If there is a soundtrack for people who keep standing up and smiling, no matter what shit life throws at them, Frank Turner is its composer. I won’t make comparisons to Bob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen, but if there is any guy who comes close to articulate the way the generation 20-to-30-somethings think, Mr. Turner from Meonstoke, England, is the man.
So, punkrock indeed didn’t live up to what we hoped it could be, but seeing him playing at the Ramones Museum in Berlin (photo), in front of 60 people, with around a dozen knowing all the lyrics (including me…well, not all of them, he uses far too many words for an old fart like me), was a very spezial moment. Over the years I have seen lots of small bands becoming the next big thing and it will be the same with Frank Turner. He will be huge, soon, and he definitely deserves having thousands sing along to his songs (and not only in Reading, like in the video). And I will still be one of them.