Xtra Mile Recordings XMREP115: 15th May 2006
1. Nashville Tennessee
“I was raised in middle England, not in Nashville Tennessee, and the only thing I’m offering is me”
2. Thatcher Fucked The Kids
“Anyone who looks younger than me, makes me check for my wallet, and my phone and my keys”
3. This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The One Of Me
“Every guy with long hair, round here is a star, according to his girlfriend, and the way that he holds his Guitar”
4. Casanova Lament
“It’s pathetic and I know it, but the truth is there’ve been mornings I’ve proved prudent, taking toothpaste to the pub, but that’s precious little comfort, against the knowledge of the person I’ve become”
5. I Really Don’t Care What You Did On Your Gap Year
“There’s water in the ashtray, and there’s ash in the sink, the carpet’s mostly soaking, but there’s nothing to drink”
I saw Frank Turner at a ‘Love Music Hate Racism’ Folk review in February at the Bush Hall, Shepards Bush, London with my brother. It was a great night that introduced me to some wonderful artists like Chris T-T, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly., Dave House and Television Personalities. We didn’t have a flyer and there wasn’t any posters so we weren’t entirely sure which artists were which. When Frank Turner played a song called ‘The Real Damage’ my ears suddenly pricked up and I thought I know this song. It was on a Split 7″ with Reuben on Xtra Mile Recordings. I bought the 7″ because the title of the Reuben song was “Every Time A Teenager Listens To Drum & Bass A Rockstar Dies”. It was a great title but the song wasn’t, fortunately the Frank Turner song on the flip more than made up for it.
It’s testament to the quality of these songs that when I first listened to the CD they sounded like old favourites (Even though I’d only heard them once, several months earlier). If you’re a Billy Bragg fan or you wish Noel Gallagher would write more of those acoustic classics he used to do, you’re sure to like this EP. ‘Nashville Tennessee’ mixes dreams of America with the reality of England. ‘Thatcher Fucked The Kids’ is about those kinds of gangs that chuck stuff at you because you had the bare faced cheek to simply walk past them. It was better on the night, because he only dropped the line “Thatcher Fucked The Kids” a minute in, provoking howls of laughter. ‘This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The One Of Me’ is about getting out of a dead end town. ‘Casanova Lament’ reflects on too many one-night stands. ‘I Really Don’t Care What You Did On Your Gap Year’ describes that feeling you get after a bad night out, when you swear you’ll never do it again.