FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS

Psyko Steve, Stateside & LiveNation Present

FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS

LUCERO, THE MENZINGERS, THE HOMELESS GOSPEL CHOIR

Fri, June 15, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Van Buren

Phoenix, AZ

$35.00

This event is 16 and over

FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS
FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS
LUCERO
You could say we were one of the lucky ones, starting this band in April of ’98 without a clue as to what we were doing. We were getting tired of the steady punk rock and metal diet and we wanted to try our hand at country songs, or do our best Tom Waits/Pogues impersonation.

The trick there was that we couldn’t really play our instruments! I had never played guitar before and Ben Nichols (lead singer, guitar) had only played bass in other bands. Finding Roy Berry (drummer) and John C. Stubblefield (bassist) solidified the line up and being hidden away in Memphis allowed us to woodshed, experiment with different sounds and create one that was ours alone.

Eventually we got out of town, and playing 250 shows year not only made us tight as a band but as a family as well. We are still one of the few bands out there with the original line up from almost the beginning, and it shows.

Picking up Rick Steff on keys allowed us to expand the sound and grow musically. Being able to play whatever we could think up in our heads and having the music we loved and grew up on motivate and inspire us to try new things and take chances. We realized that if you added some horns to Ben’s lyrics that it took it to the next step, from sad bastard country rock to soul and R&B and we realized we were a Memphis band and came by it honest. We have always brought Memphis with us wherever we went and this just proved it.

We came out screaming on 1372 Overton Park. Big sound, bigger horns – like a kid with a new toy we put them on everything and loved it! This record was a marked departure from the previous sound and announcement of way things we’re gonna be now!

While 1372 Overton Park was written and the horns added after the fact, Women & Work was written with the horns in mind so it was a little less gung ho and was starting to settle in nicely. Women & Work is one of the best modern Southern rock records in my opinion and the song “On My Way Downtown” has almost surpassed “Tears Don’t Matter Much” as the crowd favorite… almost!

This brings us to the new record. All A Man Should Do contains some of the most resonant lyrics Ben Nichols has ever written, lyrics that read like chapters from his life on the duality of relationships, getting older, finding where you want to be in this world, and musically we are broadening our sound. Working with producer Ted Hutt for a third time at the famous Ardent Studios, we felt comfortable enough to take some chances with a palette of new tones that sound understated yet powerful, bringing life to the stories behind the lyrics without overshadowing them.

It’s also the first time we’ve ever put a cover song on a record, with a full band version of big star’s “I Fell in Love with a Girl”, and having Jody from Big Star sing back-up vocals makes it that more special and amazing. This is a Memphis record in the greatest sense and a perfect finish to the three-part love letter to a city that brought us up and made us what we are today.

“I was 15 years old in 1989. This record sounds like the record I wanted to make when I was 15. It just took 25 years of mistakes to get it done.” – Ben Nichols

“Having Big Star actually sing on your cover of a Big Star song that you’re recording at Ardent Studios – it doesn’t get much more exciting than that.” – Ben Nichols
THE MENZINGERS
THE MENZINGERS
Philadelphia-by-way-of Scranton punk band, The Menzingers’ latest album, 2014’s phenomenal ‘Rented World’ was their second for Epitaph Records following the highly acclaimed ‘On The Impossible Past,’ which was released in 2012. Universal praise for both albums applauded the band for its punk roots and quintessentially Midwest romantics. The same accolades have followed The Menzingers since they formed as teenagers and released their first records, ‘Chamberlain Waits’ (2010) and ‘A Lesson In The Abuse of Information Technology’ (2007).

No longer housemates in Scranton, PA, the title to ‘Rented World’ mirrors the band’s lifestyle since moving to Philly in 2008. They were renting separate abodes around the city, but maintained a practice space in North Philly where the majority of the record was written. Faithfully archetypal Rust Belt punk, ‘Rented World’ is an album concerned with maintaining a sense of self, the softening of posture, and the burden of harsh realities. ‘Rented World’ remains punk, while fearlessly colliding the snarl of early emo with grungy, 90s grit (‘Bad Things’) and exploring the celestial expanse of post-rock (‘Transient Love’). It’s slightly new territory for a band coping with their mid-twenties, and whether you've been there or you’re on the way there you’ll be able to identify the maturation that comes with the milestone.

While the previous two records live in the trademark angst of Chicago producer Matt Allison (Alkaline Trio and Lawrence Arms) and his Atlas Studio sound, The Menzingers kept it Philly-local for ‘Rented World’, enlisting Jonathan Low, whose distinctively rich Americana sound resonates through the careers of The War On Drugs, Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, and The National.

Since releasing the album last year, The Menzingers have been touring worldwide, supporting the likes of Taking Back Sunday in their native US, as well as heading to Australia to play with The Smith Street Band. In the UK, the band completed a phenomenal headline tour towards the end of 2014 which saw them sell out London’s Electric Ballroom. This summer continues their busy touring schedule with performances at the legendary Reading and Leeds Festivals on the horizon, as well as a support slot with The Offspring at their London and Manchester shows in August.
THE HOMELESS GOSPEL CHOIR
Derek Zanetti, also known as The Homeless Gospel Choir, is a protest singer, author and artist based out of Pittsburgh, PA.

Through his on-stage humor and vulnerability, Derek creates an atmosphere of inclusion and community. He engages with the audience in a way that allows them to know that they're not alone.

His new record, Normal, was described by Frank Turner as "a generationally defining album for the underground punk scene.” He also said, “In half an hour, Derek reminded me of what punk's supposed to be.”

Derek's new album, Normal, is out now on A-F Records.
Venue Information:
The Van Buren
401 W. Van Buren St.
Phoenix, AZ, 85003
http://thevanburenphx.com/