As talked about, NOFX and Frank Turner are teaming up for West Coast Vs. Wessex, a cut up album the place every artist covers 5 songs by the opposite artist, which comes out July 31 through Fats Wreck Chords (pre-order). Thus far, they’ve launched three songs from the album, and all three are attention-grabbing music decisions, genuinely cool reinventions, and never simply simple covers, which was intentional:
“I listened to all his information, and I picked those that I assumed I might make extra attention-grabbing,” notes Fats Mike. “What I did is change a whole lot of chords. Frank, he beats me within the singing division. So I am unable to sing higher than he can, however I can possibly throw in a melody right here or there or chord that he hadn’t considered.” Turner took an analogous method. “I did not need to simply do straight covers of something. I wished to attempt to decide songs the place I felt like me and my band might deliver one thing completely different to the desk,” he says. “Nevertheless it did strike me that it could be cool to show to the informal NOFX fan, who does not know who I’m, that I’m really a fan. I did not simply go to Spotify and decide the 5 most-listened-to songs.”
Forward of the discharge, we current to you an interview between Frank Turner and NOFX frontman/Fats Wreck Chords founder Fats Mike. They talked a bit bit concerning the new album, however principally it will get into random and humorous territory, together with bits about Rancid, The Rolling Stones, soccer, English accents, Fats Mike’s hair dye, doing an excessive amount of E, who would win in a boxing match, and extra. They do additionally talk about the artwork of masking a music, and it will get critical for a second once they talk about the function of white musicians within the Black Lives Matter motion. Learn on for his or her chat and to stream the three present singles.
First, Mike requested Frank some questions:
Fats Mike: How come I can perceive every part you say, however Duncan from Snuff is intelligible? What’s together with your loopy language?
Frank Turner: We have now some fairly fucked up accents packed into our little island. The primary time I went on tour, I went to Newcastle for the primary time and could not perceive a bloody phrase. Duncan’s from Hendon tho (in response to the web) so unsure what is going on on with that. Protected to say all of us simply like it whenever you guys attempt to do impressions of our accents (*cough*).
Fats Mike: How a lot was your assure on the Olympics?
Frank Turner: Haha, zero. Actually it value me a good bit to do it, there was no charge. Nevertheless it appeared worthwhile. Fucking bizarre gig. However extra enjoyable to do than not.
Fats Mike: When was the primary time your band ever heard a NOFX music?
Frank Turner: I have been a fan since I used to be about 13, however the guys within the Sleeping Souls are from completely different musical backgrounds to me. None of them had ever heard of Social Distortion earlier than we toured with them again in 2010, for instance. I’ve taken them to see you guys play reside through the years at festivals and so forth. They’re into it (or they inform me they’re as a result of I am the boss).
Fats Mike: Rancid or NOFX?
Frank Turner: HAHAHA. Rancid clearly. You fucker.
Fats Mike: Why do Germans such as you a lot?
Frank Turner: Good query. I imply, I like Germans quite a bit, however the entire thing was love at first sight. The primary present I performed in Germany was in Cologne in 2009 with The Gaslight Anthem. I keep in mind being a bit panicked earlier than the set, questioning if anybody was going to know my lyrics or give a shit about what I needed to say, however that first present was a barnstormer from the phrase go, and I have been going again frequently since. Germans are usually very direct, in a means which takes getting used to however is endearing. I additionally discovered one among my songs in German, which most likely helps.
Fats Mike: You think about your self to be a punk rocker, why haven’t you made a punk album but?
Frank Turner: I used to be in two touring punk bands earlier than this complete solo malarkey kicked off, eight years on the circuit, so I used to be barely shifting away from that once I was doing “Sleep Is For The Week” and so forth. Nevertheless it’s nonetheless house to me. And there is nonetheless time for me to get round to that; watch this area.
Fats Mike: Don’t inform me you want The Rolling Stones.
Frank Turner: OK I will not. I do not, really, they’ve by no means accomplished a lot for me (I can recognise their significance and yadda yadda). I assume the truth that a bunch of south London children have been making an attempt to sing like they have been from Mississippi at all times grated to me. Every to their very own. I take it you are a large fan.
Fats Mike: Have you ever ever accomplished an excessive amount of E?
Frank Turner: Haha, sure I’ve, extra occasions than I care to recollect. The final time I did E I did a tiny bit and felt like I would died and gone to hell for a number of days, which I believe is my physique’s means of claiming “sufficient”. It was enjoyable whereas it lasted.
Fats Mike: I believe the world could be a greater place if soccer nets have been three toes greater and 6 toes wider. Ideas?
Frank Turner: I’ve no ideas on soccer (or, as we name it, soccer, ahem). By no means been into it, and obtained my enamel knocked out sufficient occasions as a child for not subscribing to the tradition (it was punk or soccer once I was younger), so I am unable to say I am in a rush to search out its good factors. However I am completely comfortable for his or her nets to be no matter dimension anybody thinks is truthful. No less than they do not put on security pads whereas they play!
Fats Mike: Any plans to tour with NOFX? Will you play any NOFX songs?
Frank Turner: Say the phrase, and we’ll be there. Punk In Drublic was speculated to be this yr, however a pesky little pandemic obtained in the way in which. Subsequent yr tho! And I plan to announce a brand new rule – any given music can solely be performed as soon as on the stage every day – after which energy by means of all of your hits. Ha!
After which it was Frank’s flip to ask Mike the questions:
Frank Turner: Why ought to anybody nonetheless care about punk rock in 2020?
Fats Mike: The factor about punk rock is that though it may not be getting higher, it’s nonetheless the very best sport on the town. Since I began listening to music, punk was at all times the very best fashion of music. So that you both get caught listening to the identical albums for 40 years otherwise you attempt to make one thing higher or not less than completely different. That’s why it’s best to nonetheless care. Or else we might flip into metallic… which simply sort of died.
Frank Turner: Why are you doing this to (with) me?
Fats Mike: I used to be going to ask you an identical query. I assume cuz masking another person’s songs is less complicated than writing new ones. Additionally, it’s an affordable and crafty approach to achieve new followers!
Frank Turner: Protecting a music, and specializing in association versus songwriting, is a legitimate and undersung artform. Focus on.
Fats Mike: Being in Me First and The Gimme Gimmes (the largest cowl band on the earth)… I believe I do know a bit on this topic and I agree with you. Protecting songs effectively will not be simple. Anybody can do a music precisely the way it was written, however making it completely different with out ruining the music is an artwork. It’s a low forehead artform like portray by numbers, but it surely nonetheless takes a bit creativeness and lack of self-worth. Fortunately I’ve each. I assume the actual trick is discovering songs which might be actually good, however might nonetheless be higher. Excellent songs are unhealthy songs to cowl cuz it doesn’t matter what you do, they received’t be nearly as good.
Frank Turner: Do you may have any ideas for dyeing hair?
Fats Mike: Don’t be such a pussy. Rose gold?!?!?! What sort of a coloration is that? Should you’re gonna dye your hair Frank, use a coloration you wouldn’t discover at a senior residents salon.
Frank Turner: Is social media something greater than a machine for firing up idiots?
Fats Mike: Do you ever learn the feedback? I do learn the feedback once I assume they are going to be good for probably the most half. Folks like us want a bit optimistic suggestions every now and then. After I stated a nasty factor in Vegas, it was onerous to learn, cuz demise threats are significantly onerous to learn. Social media can also be a great way to be taught Russian!
Frank Turner: How integral to what you do is enjoying exhibits? Do information stand on their very own, or do they must be carried out?
Fats Mike: The Rolling Stones wanted to play reside cuz a few of their information are god terrible…. Then there’s the Beatles who didn’t should play reside cuz their information have been masterpieces. I believe it comes right down to how a lot enjoyable you wanna have. Touring is enjoyable. The Stones love enjoyable…. Paul McCartney looks like a enjoyable hater!
Frank Turner: Are you able to level to Wessex on a map?
Fats Mike: I can level to it on a globe!
Frank Turner: Me or Rancid?
Fats Mike: I’m gonna say Rancid cuz they will kick my ass and you’ll’t! Effectively, really you would, but it surely wouldn’t be so unhealthy.
Frank Turner: What function do white musicians like us should play within the present protest motion within the US and world wide?
Fats Mike: It’s our duty to talk out on the best aspect of historical past. It typically hurts as a result of every kind of racist idiots like NOFX and we lose followers continually after we make political statements. I really feel it’s value it, however many don’t. This can be a large drawback within the leisure trade. I do know so many fucking bands that really feel the way in which I do, however is not going to take a stand as a result of they’re fearful of the repercussions. Unhappy…
Frank Turner: Who would win in an precise boxing match between me and also you?
Fats Mike: Smelly would win!
Pre-order West Coast vs. Wessex for July 31 right here.