English punk and folk singer-songwriter Frank Turner is coming back to the Fillmore Auditorium in downtown Minneapolis Saturday, April 29th for a SOLD OUT show. Turner will be joined by ska-punk band The Interrupters and fellow singer-songwriter Chuck Ragan. The doors are at 6:00pm, and the show is at 7:00pm.
If you have already secured your ticket, consider yourself lucky, as this is one night of music you won’t want to miss.
A former member of punk rock band Million Dead, Frank Turner turned his attention to folkier, acoustic music after the demise of his hardcore outfit. Since that time he has transformed himself into a successful, internationally charting, award-winning singer and songwriter of consequential folk-punk-pop rebel songs (that cover topics like atheism, sexism, excessive drinking, and the power of rock & roll). Drawing press comparisons to Billy Bragg and Bruce Springsteen among others, Turner nonetheless occupies a niche of his own in British popular music.
In 2021 he started work on new material that would form his ninth studio album. Having experimented with electronics and historical folk, he decided to return to his hardcore roots, with the material taking on a more aggressive sound. FTHC was preceded by the singles “The Gathering” and “Haven’t Been Doing So Well” before being issued in early 2022.
When considering Los Angeles outfit The Interrupters, take a moment to kindly forget jargon like “SoCal punk rock” or “next wave ska” or whatever perimeter you want to secure around them. A typical Interrupters gig feels like going to church where all the religious iconography is taken out and replaced with mirrors so the band and audience become one. Ignited by frontwoman Aimee Interrupter and the Bivona brothers’ indefatigable enthusiasm, attendees can see joy in action; discover strength in numbers; and feel bulletproof when facing the forces that haunt them. There are no victims or outcasts in attendance when the quartet are onstage: Transfixed by the legendary ‘80s 2 Tone ska movement and fueled with a contemporary energy that makes 180-bpm thrash-metallers seem positively slack, Aimee Interrupter and the Bivona brothers Kevin, Justin and Jesse blur the enthusiasm between band and audience in a way that’s equal parts dance party, cardio workout and personal therapy.
With his emotional and gravel-coated bellow, vocalist/guitarist Chuck Ragan made a name for himself as one-fourth of the much-loved Gainesville post-hardcore outfit Hot Water Music before releasing his first solo album in 2007. Alongside friends Chris Wollard, Jason Black, and George Rebelo, Ragan formed Hot Water Music in the early ’90s. Through a slew of well-received albums for labels like No Idea, Doghouse, and Epitaph — and an incessant grassroots touring regime — the passionate crew turned itself into a highly respected and influential act on the underground scene. Outside of his main gig, Ragan also recorded two side albums with some friends, including the stripped-down rock of Rumbleseat and the punk-oriented Cro(w)s. In the spring of 2005, Hot Water Music went on an indefinite hiatus, largely spurred by Ragan’s desire to spend time outside of the band with his growing family. The group’s other members went on playing music together (soon forming the Draft), while Ragan concentrated on his home life and, eventually, writing some acoustic-based material.