Frank Turner.

You may not realise it but, whether the name rings a bell or not, you've probably heard London-based singer-songwriter Frank Turner in action.

And that's not because the punk-turned-poet has released four solo albums and toured Australia three times in as many years, including an Amplifier show in May. The former Millions Dead frontman played to an audience of billions when he was asked by Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle to perform as part of the London Olympics opening ceremony.

"As an actual gig it was very weird - we were on a fake hill playing to a field of sheep and actors," Turner recalls.

"We knew there were a lot of people watching, and that kind of thing but it was a strange sensation that's for sure."

The performance capped a remarkable period for Turner that also saw him play a headline Wembley show.

"They were very different experiences for me. Both great, but the Wembley thing sort of felt like the culmination of a long, hard slog of work touring around the UK, Europe and the world. It felt like a lot of hard work paying off."

Despite this considerable success, and the fact his England Keep My Bones LP of last year averaged eight out of 10 in reviews by Spin, The Guardian and Kerrang!, Turner remains a relatively unknown quantity in this country.

Which is probably why his label recently released a sampler of his collected works in Australia titled Last Minutes and Lost Evenings (which includes a DVD of the Wembley show).

It's especially puzzling given Brit acts usually blow up Down Under about 30 seconds after BBC DJ Zane Lowe has declared them the hottest act in the world. Ever. To the max.

"I think I never had a career trajectory like that in the UK myself," Turner explains.

"The success that I have in the UK has pretty much entirely been assumed through touring and going round, and around and f…ing around the island playing shows. Which is something I'm proud of.

"It means I don't sort of get that automatic head start some bands get in places like Australia, or Europe, or wherever, really. But in a way, that's fine because I'm personally happy to keep coming back to Australia and touring round and f…ing round, until people start paying attention."

Considering Australia is very much in the "getting to know you" phase, Turner was more than happy to field random questions based on his Wikipedia entry.

For instance, did you know he attended Eton College with Prince William?

"There isn't really a story there, I'm afraid," he laughs.

"I was one of the scholarship kids and, as it happens, the academic scholarship kids are, to a degree, kind of segregated from the rest of the school.

"Which I might add was just f...ing fine with me because I felt very socially alienated during my education. I received a f…ing incredible education, one of the best educations you could imagine, and I'm eternally grateful for that fact, but I was also surrounded by t..ts while it was happening."

Listening to Turner elucidate the role of musicians in society and his relationship with his own work, ideology and the fans, it is clear that education was put to good use.

The West Australian

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