Frank Turner/Fake Problems - QMU, Glasgow
Let's get another round in at the bar...
I barely have time to get into the QMU, have a pint or even browse the merch stand when Fake Problems come onto the stage. Hailing from Naples, Florida, they're touring current record It's Great To Be Aliveand you can't help but admire the band as they tear through each song, trying to get a crowd going - a tough ask when most are here to see Frank Turner. Their influences are obvious: you can hear punk, folk and pop - all reminiscent of Springsteen, Hank Williams or even Bright Eyes. This tour for them however, is about winning people over and they put in a performance with heart, which no doubt wins many over, myself included. And we'll see them again before the night is over ...
From the 13th Note Cafe to a sold out show at Glasgows Queen Margaret Union, Frank has come far indeed. He enjoys the current position he finds himself in and seems to appreciate it. He opens with 'Live Fast Die Old' and the crowd immediate respond. I have never seen a musician put so much energy, emotion and dedication into his music as Turner does - and he does it every time he performs with that same level of commitment. We get a mixture of new songs mixed with old, with highlights from Poetry Of The Deed being 'Sons of Liberty' (where Turner requires encouragement from the crowd on his guitar solo) and we even get a member of the crowd playing the harmonica on 'Dan's Song'. A performance of 'Smiling At Strangers On Trains' taken from his Million Dead days is probably included to help sell a few copies of the band's re-release which was available at the merch stand.
We have 'an encore of hits' as Frank puts it. 'The Ballad Of Me And My Friends' is an instant crowd sing-along classic and we end with 'Photosynthesis' which sees Fake Problems and Beans On Toast join the stage for the finale.
Frank Turner puts the emphasis on making sure people enjoy his shows and leave with a smile on their face. He writes songs about being hungover and losing your phone charger and about meeting that girl. He writes about things we care about and that we can relate to. The voice of a generation? I think so!
Last updated: 18/04/2018 18:27:19