British singer-songwriter Frank Turner has shared his latest release today – a cover of NOFX’s 1997 song ‘Falling in Love’. While the original is a drum-heavy, punk-rock track, Turner’s take is quite the opposite.
Using a warm acoustic guitar and rich vocals, Frank Turner transforms this song into a folk tune, until the focus is brought to the lyrics. Bittersweetly, he sings, “Kiss me one last time/We’re gonna die/But not our love.” In his Instagram bio, the artist confirms that the song will be featured on upcoming album ‘West Coast vs. Wessex’.
The album will be a split work between both the artist and band, in which they will share numerous covers of each other’s songs. America’s NOFX shared one of their pieces, ‘Thatcher Fucked the Kids’, at the beginning of June. The lead single has gained 250,000 streams, putting a new spin on Tuner’s song. ‘West Coast vs. Wessex’ will be released on 31st July 2020.
‘Falling in Love’ has 10,000 views already, and fans are excited for more. Speaking about the collaboration in a press release, Mike Burkett of NOFX said, “I listened to all his records, and I picked the ones that I thought I could make more interesting. What I did is change a lot of chords. Frank, he beats me in the singing department. So I can’t sing better than he can, but I can maybe throw in a melody here or there or chord that he hadn’t thought of.” Turner had a similar idea, and said that he was very excited to collaborate with the band.
NOFX took to social media to express their gratitude, announcing Turner’s release with the words: “Damn! This might be the best cover of a NOFX song ever!” If this is the theme of the whole album, it will certainly be a success amongst fans, who can pre-order here.
Check out the full ‘West Coast vs. Wessex’ track-list below:
2. Worse Things Happen at Sea
3. Thatcher Fucked the Kids
4. Ballad of Me and My Friends
5. Glory Hallelujah
6. Scavenger Type
8. Eat the Meek
9. Perfect Government
10. Falling in Love