Don’t tell Frank Turner that rock ’n’ roll is passé.
The British bard tears into a conventional version of the unstylish form as if the fate of the world hangs in the balance. He insists that the music “has the power to raise a temple and tear it down” on his exuberant anthem “I Still Believe.”
He wasn’t always so convincing. Following a stint as the long-haired lead singer of post-punk band Million Dead, Turner honed his skills as a more traditional songwriter. He has since become one of the most engaging live acts of the past few years. Backed by his band the Sleeping Souls, the jubilant Turner initiates manic pogo-ing and heartfelt singalongs.
Turner’s aptly titled new album, “Positive Songs for Negative People,” is designed to incite happy mayhem. “Goddamn, it’s great to be alive” he implores during “Demons.”
The outcome of Wednesday’s concert at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland is a foregone conclusion. Although Turner has never had a mainstream hit like the headliners Silversun Pickups, and he’s not a hometown hero like the three brothers in Radkey, Turner’s defiant optimism will almost certainly steal the show.
With Silversun Pickups, Night Riots and Radkey.
Tickets are $29.65 in advance through midlandkc.com.
Concert previews by Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink