Staff Pick: Frank Turner at Outland Live

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By Columbus Alive
From the February 16, 2012 edition

Before Frank Turner was headlining arenas in his native England, he was blowing up MTV2 as singer-screamer for Million Dead, a post-hardcore combo with a sound somewhere between At the Drive-In’s searing screamo and Idlewild’s update of earnest R.E.M. college rock.

Turner’s 2011 album “England Keep My Bones” trades in much more sociable music, a friendly breed of folk-rock more reminiscent of collegiate cult favorites like Guster and Dispatch. His jangly strummed sing-alongs are tailored for Wembley, with lines like “Who’d have thought, after all/ Something as simple as rock ’n’ roll could save us all?” He’s not ready for stateside stadiums yet, but he’ll do his best to inspire Outland this Wednesday. Cory Chisel opens.