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The Offspring Post New Video “Shit Is Fucked Up”/”Stuff Is Messed Up”

Orange County Punk icons The Offspring have unveiled the new video for upcoming single “Shit Is Fucked Up” (Censored to the slightly less poetic “Stuff Is Messed Up“), which you can view above.

The single is the band’s third to be taken from eighth studio album ‘Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace’ and also provides the title for the band’s upcoming World tour, which makes a quick stop in the UK this August for London and Manchester shows. Be sure to get your tickets to truly marvel in Dexter Holland and co’s legendary brand of punk rock.

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INTERVEW: Frank Turner “People Who Are Bitter Because I’m No Longer Their Little Secret Can Fuck Right Off”

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After a 2008 that took him further than any folker on the planet, 2009 sees Frank Turner on the cusp of international success with an Epitaph deal in the bag and a tour with punk legends, The Offspring. FANCORE catches up with Frank to talk about the new album, the real reason he left Sonisphere and what it means to be a punk in 2009.

What can we expect in terms of content from the new Frank Turner album?

Frank: For me, the first album was about the hole at the middle of the party, the dichotomy between hedonism and loneliness. Love Ire & Song was about distance and relationships. The new record is about throwing caution to the wind, strategies for not giving up as you get older. I think it’s probably a more positive record than its predecessors. But it’s not radically different.

You’ve said that the new album is almost 75% complete, will it still be out by this September?

 Frank: Yup and we might even be moving it forward a little. It’s now fully rehearsed and next week we go into the studio, as a band, to lay it down. We did a quick residency of shows in Oxford to try out the material live, which went really well.

Has there been any major influences on your song writing, either musically or personally that have affected the current record?

 Frank: The events of the last couple of years have made a difference – that’s probably why it’s a more positive, upbeat record, (laughs). Musically, I’ve been more into the E Street Band than before, and I’ve also been listening to a lot of Bob Dylan of late. Working with the band has also changed things a little.

 How has writing with the band affected the new record?

 Frank: It’s made a huge difference to the arrangements. I’m a pretty average keyboardist; having Matt Nasir work on the parts means that the keys can take a more prominent role.

 How do you address criticism you gain from moving from underground gigs to playing much bigger shows?

 Frank: I address it by baring my skinny English arse. I am the only person I need to justify my business /“career” decisions to, and believe me I spend a lot of time doing that. The illiterate opinions of teenagers on the internet are of no interest to me.People who are bitter because I’m no longer their little secret can fuck right off.

 Do you still think it’s important to continue to play to smaller audiences?

  Frank:I think it’s important to put on the show of your life, regardless of where you are, every time.

 What does being a folk artist in 2009 mean to you?

  Frank: Folk is less of an ego orientated scene, which I like. It’s community music. I like the idea that I can play a show anywhere in the world any time as long as someone has a guitar.

 What are your views on the current music scene and do you think that the tide will turn back to more meaningful messages in punk? 

  Frank: I don’t really know or care what punk means, musically speaking. It’s an argument which has wasted countless man-hours in the past. The grime scene in the UK a few years back was a million times more “punk” than anything with mohawks. As for any current music scene, well, there are some cool bands around right now, I hope they do well.

 Do you feel that an artist has to dilute their message in order to gain mainstream acceptance?

  Frank: Not necessarily. Look at Rage Against The Machine, or hell, Morrissey. I think sometimes people use that as an excuse to take a shortcut. For me, doing what I do wouldn’t be much fun if I wasn’t in creative control, so it’s not really an issue.

 There has been no official statement on why you had to cancel your Sonisphere appearance; can you shed any light on why you have had to pull out?

  Frank: Ugh, industry politics. I’m not 100% sure what I’m allowed to say about this, but basically there was an ego piss-war between some industry big-wigs, and I took the fallout. It sucks. Not much I can do about it though.

 You’ve said before that you consider punk to be a youth movement; do you think as you get older you’ll have less to sing about?

  Frank: People who only sing about anger get very, very dull very quickly. I think you get angry in different ways as you get older; I certainly don’t think many of my friends would say I was less angry now than when I was younger, just about different things. Punk is a youth movement, when it has meaning and is worthwhile.

 Now that you’ve realised an ambition in signing to Epitaph, are there any more career goals that you have to achieve before you’re done?

  Frank: I could list stuff like wanting to play certain venues or whatever, but in n reality my main aim is to write better music. I believe I have better stuff in me than I’ve been able to get out. So I’m going to focus on that.



Punk legends The Offspring announce UK show

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Iconic true-Punkers The Offspring have announced a UK date for this summer. The Dexter Holland-fronted superstars will play Brixton Academy in London on 25th August. Tickets officially go on sale on Friday but as usual, Fancore has got your back. You can pick up pre-sale tickets HERE. See you down there!



Frank Turner: “Industry Politics Made Me Cancel Sonisphere Show”

 In an exclusive interview with FANCORE, Frank Turner has revealed that the reason he has pulled out of his Sonisphere Festival appearance in the UK is due to “Industry politics”.

Despite the folk/punk singer only being announced for the festival less than a month ago his departure from the bill has been mysteriously quiet. As previously reported, the news was broken with Frank’s name being stricken from the official line-up poster and a rather ambiguous messgae was posted above Turner’s name on the Sonisphere website, reading: “Unfortunately Frank Turner has had to pull out of Sonisphere due to circumstances beyond our control.”

Speaking to FANCORE, Frank has shed a little more light on the situation, saying: Oh, It’s just industry politics. I’m not 100% sure what I’m allowed to say about this, but basically there was an ego piss-war between some industry big-wigs, and I took the fallout. It sucks. Not much I can do about it though.”

Any ideas on who the ‘industry big-wigs’ could be? Regardless of whoever caused the mess, you can catch the UK singer/guitarist either on the road with The Offspring or see him on home soil when he returns later in the year. In Sonisphere news, the festival has just announced third stage details, to be headlined by Slipknot’s Corey Taylor and Shawn ‘The Clown’ Crahan’s band ‘Dirty Little Rabbits’. The have also announced a cinema, extreme sports shows and a plethora of other entertaining events to keep you busy before Metallica. Read all about it HERE.

Check out the rest of Frank Turner’s interview in the first print issue of FANCORE, coming to you at the end of the month.



Frank Turner Signs To Epitaph Records

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Frank Turner has just announced that he will be the latest addition to the Epitaph Records family. The folk-punk singer has decided to stick by his current record label, Xtra Mile, who will continue to represent him within the UK, leaving punk staple, Epitaph Records, to release album Love Ire & Song and any future albums around the rest of the world.

Posting on his official website, Frank had this to say: “This is a new beginning for me. [Epitaph are] still one of the best labels in the world, and they’re independent to boot. It’s also really important to me that they’ve accommodated me staying with Xtra Mile in the UK – those guys are my family, and there’s no way I was going to jump ship.”

In the post he talks briefly about his relationship with the iconic label, noting: “the Epitaph logo was [always] a badge of quality that meant I would buy the record, regardless of what it was. In so doing I got into almost all my favourite punk bands.”

In other Frank Turner news, the singer/guitarist has recently been added to The Offspring’s mammouth tour of the US, boasting other illustrious support such as Dropkick Murphys, Alkaline Trio and Sum 41.



Frank Turner To Tour With The Offspring

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In a new blog post, Frank Turner has announced that he will be opening for punk giants The Offspring on their upcoming tour across America this Summer.

In the post he details how the dates will clash with his pre-existing gig commitments, in the forms of the T In The Park and 2000 Trees UK Festivals: “I’ve decided to go with the Offspring shows – it’s simply too good an opportunity to pass up. However, I’m painfully aware of how this is going to piss people off. I was super-excited to be playing T this year, and 2000 Trees is, as many know, a festival very close to my heart. I haven’t missed a year yet, and it’s going to suck not being there. So, to start off with, I’ll openly apologize to anyone planning on seeing me at either festival.”

The dates where Frank Turner will be supporting are as follows:

  • 30th June @ CMAC, Rochester, NY, USA
  • 2nd July @ Molson Amphitheater, Toronto, Canada
  • 7th July @ Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ, USA
  • 8th July @ Roseland, New York, NY, USA
  • 10th July @ Tsongas Arena, Boston, MA, USA
  • 11th July @ Meadowbrook, Gilford, NH, USA
  • 14th July @ Charlotte Boutique Amphitheater, NC, USA
  • 16th July @ Hard Rock, Orlando, FL, USA
  • 17th July @ St Augustine Amphitheater, Jacksonville, FL, USA
  • 18th July @ Pompano Beach Amphitheater, Miami, FL, USA
  • The Offspring, who are embarking on their first full-length American tour in four years have also announced a range of illustrious bands to support them on their upcoming stint, including Pennywise, Sum 41 Alkaline Trio and Dropkick Murphys.

    For tickets and full details on the tour check The Offspring\’s Official Website, and for Frank’s full blog look no further.



    The Offspring Announce U.S Tour

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    Punk giants The Offspring have just announced their plans for a three month tour around the U.S.
    Support for the various legs of the tour includes Sum 41, Dropkick Murphys, Pennywise, Alkaline Trio, Shiny Toy Guns and Street Dogs, which kicks off in May.

    This is the band’s first U.S tour since the release of 2008’s masterpiece Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace. Hopefully this is paving the way for a colossal European tour, including a plethora of UK dates. It would be a travesty if we didn’t get a RAFRAG tour.

    The Offspring are also just one of many bands rumoured to be playing this year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals in August. With the U.S tour finishing in July it looks pretty likely that ‘Spring will make their way here.

    For the tour dates and other interesting things go to www.offspring.com.