Frank Turner – “Rock & Roll” EP

Once again, the mighty folk-punk troubadour of the south coast Frank Turner releases a new set of songs for his fans to sit and absorb in the old-timey fashion of actually sitting and listening to them. Ok, so whilst this might not be a full albums worth of material – hence why this is a 5 track EP clocking in at just over 17 minutes total – and is not exactly a follow up to his hugely successful previous album Poetry of the Deed, Rock & Roll certainly works as a bridge into something bigger surely to be released soon. A between-meals snack, as it was, for the music-hungry masses.

Frank Turner has never ceased to amaze me, personally. His music is fantastic and covers a range of emotions, he is always a gentleman on stage and on record and makes good, solid music that can very rarely be flawed and even then only by people that don’t like “this kind of music” (which, personally, I never understood as this is as close to “real” music as you can get). But above all, his music and lyrics are honest, and truthful, and always make light of points regular folk seem to miss. Poetry of the Deed did this incredibly well through songs that make you want to appreciate more about life and seize the day in a punk rock style rather than sitting and letting life happen to you instead. Rock & Roll clearly seeks to continue this train of thought with its content, and its songs about what it is to know honest music and be part of a society that is united by its roots in music.

Rock & Roll is a very well put together EP, as you would expect for a CD 5 songs in length. The songs are all in the right place and span a range of styles in what I can only think of as “the right order”. Starting off the CD is Frank Turner’s latest single I Still Believe, a song that rings out about people coming together to celebrate music in all its glory and to unite over the old folk traditions and be a part of Rock and Roll. “Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Friends and Romans, Countrymen” opens the song in a folky-acoustic fashion before it moulds itself into a gathering of people chanting back “I Still Believe” in relation to traditional styles of music bringing people together.

Pass It Along is an equally folky song about the history of the music Frank Turner takes as his influences, the styles and attitudes being handed down from generation to generation and changing along the way to still be relevant today.

Rock & Roll Romance is easily the shortest song on the record at about a minute and a half, but it is quite simply just Frank Turner, his guitar, a microphone in an empty room and a slightly bittersweet love song for someone, with the line “And I can sympathise ‘cuz I’ve been searching too and I’ve yet to find a girl half as good as you”. Essentially, this is the “slow middle” you’d normally get on a regular album condensed down into a single song to fit the EP, but that doesn’t detract from its impact at all as the song is still very moving.

To Absent Friends is an ode to friends who are no longer among us, and is by far one of the punchier songs on the album and acts in much the same way Poetry of the Deed did on Frank Turner’s previous album by lifting spirits whilst also making you think about the messages its sending out.

Lastly, The Next Round closes off the EP with its slightly melancholy sound trailing away, but leaving behind promise of a lot more to come. Quite honestly, if Frank Turner keeps putting out songs like these, I for one will keep listening!



  1. You have no idea how happy it makes me to see so many new posts. Keep it up!

    • Thanks! Yes, I do intend to keep it up, because then I get to watch more films, listen to more music and do more things worth writing about. And thats always a good thing!

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