The recurring theme throughout Tape Deck Heart, Frank Turnerís fifth album, is change. Those who have followed Turnerís career since he went solo in 2005 wonít be surprised. After 1,400 incendiary live shows and four acclaimed albums, last year saw the musician previously known as a punk poet become (whisper it) a sort of pop star. From a fake Glastonbury Tor, Turner performed at the Olympics Opening Ceremony. He headlined Wembley Arena. He sold more than 100,000 copies of his fourth album, England Keep My Bones, which entered the UK charts at No 12 on its release in 2011.
Turner, of course, would never describe himself as a pop star. He prefers the word "entertainer," with its tradition of vaudeville, theatre and music hall. His emergence from the underground he still adores Ė and still regards himself as part of Ė was tinged with trepidation. ďInsane things have happened since England Keep My Bones came out,Ē he says. ďThe success Iíve experienced was entirely unexpected. It made me think about where I started and where Iím heading. It made me wonder if I could continue as a musician with integrity influenced by punk rock while doing arena tours. The answer I concluded is yes, obviously, or I wouldnít be here.Ē