You’ve been pretty busy over this past year, what with the Olympics, stadium gigs, documentaries – what’s been the highlight for you?
The show at Wembley was pretty special for me, as was writing and recording the new album. It was a good year, lots to choose from, I’ve been very fortunate.
You’ve got another bunch of sell out gigs ahead of you (with your band The Sleeping Souls), what’s different about this tour to previous ones?
I have a new record, with a whole pile of new songs, which will be on the setlist. I also have some great supports coming out with me, Larry & His Flask and George Frakes to start with.
With such an impressive musical CV, how do you keep your feet on the ground?
My mother always taught me that arrogance is the worst sin. Plus my band and crew spend most of every day ripping on me, which deflates any particular bubbles I might be inflating.
How do you approach communicating with fans? For example, do you run your own Twitter account?
I run my Twitter, my Facebook and my email is public as well. I spend a lot of my time responding to emails from people. I don’t much like the word ‘fan’, incidentally, it strikes me as a slightly patronising term. People are people.
Tell us more about the new documentary…
My old friend Greg Nolan made a little film about my career to date, just to get any new people who are coming on board with the new album up to speed on where I come from. I think it’s pretty great.
Some of your songs are very personal, are they more difficult to write/perform than your more generic numbers?
I don’t really consider any of my songs to be generic, personally.
Who else do you rate, lyrically?
Loads of people – Jon K Samson (The Weakerthans), Adam Duritz (Counting Crows), Matt Berninger (The National), I spend a lot of time studying other people’s words and trying to get better at what I do.
Finally, there’s been some commentary on your political beliefs in the past – where do you stand on Maggie Thatcher?
My experience of politics in public has been universally sh*tty – being inundated by tidal waves of ignorance and hatred. So I have no interest at all in getting involved in that discussion, thanks.
(Ed’s note: Question posed on the day that Thatcher died, in light of Frank’s 2006 song ‘Thatcher F**ked The Kids’.)
See Frank Turner play live with The Sleeping Souls at Bristol O2 Academy on Sunday April 21, 2013. Tickets from £20adv via www.o2academybristol.co.uk/event/50152/frank-turner-and-the-sleeping-souls-tickets