人物訪問：搖滾詩人，法蘭克透納 / Interview: The Brad of Rock Music, Frank Turner
這一張專輯是關於“整理好過去重新出發”的歌；前一張專輯 『磁帶驅動的心』則是關於崩壞離析的生活，其實就是關於我曾經崩壞離析生活中的一段時間的故事。而這一張則是關於在那段時間後存活下來的故事，關於你如何在廢墟中走出且撣除身上灰塵的故事。有點像是 「儘管你在人生的低潮時，仍然可以保持樂觀。」的專輯。
『Get Better』這首歌我會說算是這張專輯的主要概念，不管是在歌詞上、弦律上都是 「我會努力讓自己更好，因為我知道我還沒做到最好。」『Glorious You』是一首我寫給我姪女的歌，因為她曾經有過非常艱困的一年，我因為想幫助她所以我寫出了這首歌。最後，『Love 40 Down』這一首歌是在演唱會清單中歌曲，其中的故事是描述一位在網球場上失利的人，但是他在放棄之前決定讓自己奮力一搏。
我不太確定在 “理想的世界” 裡面有什麼，但是我對我現在的生活非常的滿意，雖然這聽起來有點自私，不過我不想嘗試想像一個理想世界給別人，這個行為對我來說太傲慢了。
你同意“Modern Life is Rubbish” 嗎？
In Taiwan people are describing you as the ‘Bard of Rock Music’ do you agree with it?
I have been called many things in my career. That one is new to me but it's kind of poetic, I like it, I'll take it.
Every song you have produced has included a story, how did you collect and decide what type of stories you desired to use for your songs?
Most of the songs I have written are autobiographical, I've not done much straight fiction. Of course some details or whatever will be changed, both for the sake of the song and for the sake of privacy; but generally they're true stories. I guess I keep my eyes and ears open for things that are worth discussing in song, worth singing every night.
What’s the message you wish to send from your latest album ‘Positive Songs for Negative People’?
It's a record about trying to put things back together. The preceding album, "Tape Deck Heart", was about a break-up, it was about a time in my life when things were falling apart. This record is about surviving that time, about crawling out of the wreckage and dusting yourself down. It's kind of optimistic, amidst the ruins.
Can you pick three songs from this album, which you believe represent songs for negative people?
The song "Get Better" kind of sets the scene for the album, both musically and lyrically - "I'm trying to get better because I haven't been my best". "Glorious You" is a song I wrote for my cousin, she had a tough year and I wanted to talk about helping her out. And then "Love 40 Down" is a set-piece song, it's a portrait of someone who is about to lose a game of tennis very badly, but decides to give it one more push before giving up.
How do you define your lifestyle?
I live on the road. I did my first tour when I was 16, and I've been touring full-time for 13 years now. I live out of a suitcase, I work as an entertainer, I play music and travel, and I love it. It's not for everyone, and it's pretty hard physically, but I feel very fortunate to live the life I do.
Have you ever lost your path in life?
I have had rougher times in my life, I've had issues with drinking and so on when I was younger, but music has always been there for me in the end, to keep me on the path.
What’s your ideal world?
I'm not sure I believe in an ideal world really. I'm pretty happy with the way I've set my life up; that sounds selfish, but then I wouldn't want to be so hubristic as to try and organise the world for anyone else.
Do you believe music is the most powerful weapon in our society?
I think music is powerful, I'm not sure I'd rush to describe it as a weapon. Music is commentary, is communication, is balm for the soul.
Do you agree with ‘Modern Life is Rubbish’?
Not particularly. I'd rather live now than almost any other time in history. People romanticise the past way too much; they forget about infant mortality, disease, famine and so on. The world isn't perfect now, of course, but we're not doing too badly.