No Man’s Land

Cat No: 7787846

1. Jinny Binghams Ghost
2. Sister Rosetta
3. I Believed You, William Blake
4. Nica
5. A Perfect Wife
6. Silent Key
7. Eye of the Day
8. The Death of Dora Hand
9. The Graveyard of the Outcast Dead
10. The Lioness
11. The Hymn of Kassiani
12. Rescue Annie
13. Rosemary Jane

FRANK TURNER has announced details of his forthcoming eighth new album NO MANS LAND released on August 16th on Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records. With 2018 Producer of the Year Catherine Marks at the helm and featuring a dynamic cast of all-female musicians, No Mans Land is an album dedicated to telling the fascinating stories of women whose incredible lives have all too often been overlooked by dint of their gender. These stories should have been told already, says Turner of the album and its accompanying podcast series, Tales From No Mans Land which launches its first episode today. And I suspect if they were men they would be better known.

The women featured on the albums 13 tracks come from across wide geographical and historical lines. Theres Byzantine princess Kassiani (The Hymn of Kassiani), Egyptian feminist activist Huda Sha’arawi (The Lioness), and Resusci Anne (Rescue Annie) an apocryphal drowned virgin whose face was used as the model for the medical CPR mannequin across the world (You cant not write a song about a woman who died never having been kissed and then became the most kissed face in history, reasons Turner). Theres the serial killer from the Deep South who plucked her victims from lonely hearts pages (Nannie Doss), the jazz-obsessed heiress who fought for the Free French (Nica Rothschild), a rowdy coach house landlady from 17th century Camden Town accused of witchcraft (Jinny Bigham), the Wild West vaudeville star shot by a smalltown outlaw (Dora Hand). These are just a few of the fascinating characters who feature on No Mans Land and have long been ignored by the mainstream.

Its bringing together my two main interests in life, which have always been separate from each other – history and songwriting, explains Turner, who can be found seeking out long-forgotten historical sites on self-guided psychogeographical strolls when hes not packing out arenas or headlining festivals.

First single Sister Rosetta is about the unparalleled Sister Rosetta Tharpe, one of the most important and influential musicians in American History. On it you can hear guitar breaks lifted from Tharpes own back catalogue. Which I found challenging, because shes a way better guitar player than me, admits Turner.

Despite the records implicit feminism, it doesnt see Turners clambering onto any kind of soapbox. Its not telling anyone what to do or how to live or how to be, he explains, prepared for a variety of different reactions to the project, including those who might be wondering if its really his place to be singing songs of disenfranchised women. If there was a crowded field of people writing songs about Princess Kassiani then I would see the argument for me bowing out, but there isnt, he states. No-one else is writing these songs right now. Thats why I want to share these stories.

No Mans Land also includes perhaps the most revelatory song of Turners career. Written in tribute to his mother, Rosemary Jane honours her grit and determination through the harder parts of his childhood.




Alternative Rock



Record Label

Xtra Mile

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