So after catching Frank Turner at an early morning set at Lollapalooza two years ago, they finally came through town, Headlining Mr Smalls. While Mr. Smalls did add a new upstairs bar/media/courtyard complex that is pretty swanky, they still havent figured out how to get people into the show any quicker. Also, I was amazed at how many people were at the show.
The opening acts consisted of Into It Over It, which was a one man and guitar act whose intersong narration took up more set time than his actual songs. Andrew Jackson Jihad was a two piece who sang the sort of folk-punk that Frank Turner espouses, but they weren't all that great.
Frank opened with I Still Believe and ended with a cover of Queen's Somebody to Love. I don't think he took more than a three second pause in between his first dozen songs or so. The set was a mix of stuff from all of his albums, new and old, but the tempo never slowed. Even when he sang English Curse a capella the crowd was still rockin. Then of course he had his encore which consisted included The Ballad of Me and My Friends and Photosynthesis.
When I first saw Frank two years ago, my impression was that he wrote music that everyone was dying to sing along to, but no one knew any of the words. Now, a few albums later, everyone knew all the words.
Concert Highlight: Everything about Frank's set was awesome, but getting the entire bar to sing along with Photosynthesis was pretty neat
Concert Lowlight: Mr Smalls inability to get people into the venue in a timely manner