Xtra Mile Recordings and songwriters Frank Turner and Jon Snodgrass are pleased to release Buddies II: Still Buddies, which is a follow up from a previous album. Ten years ago, the two acclaimed musicians hung out, drank whisky, wrote and recorded an album together called Buddies – a light-hearted hang between friends that became a hit with fans of both artists. Fast forward a decade and the pair are still buddies, so they decided to write a follow-up. Frank Turner spoke with The Fountain about it as well as disclosing his favourite venue he is looking forward to performing in again.
TF: You have a new album out, what has the reception been like to Buddies II?
It’s been heart-warming. It’s nice to know people remember the little record Jon and I made a decade ago, and indeed that they’re interested in hearing more. This time around it’s a more fleshed-out affair (in terms of arrangement – the writing still took place in a day) and that seems to be going over well. We’re both super proud of it.
TF: Obviously this is an extension of Buddies but can you tell us more about what to expect from the sequel?
As I say, we wrote it in a day, like last time, though this time it was done over Skype. It has the same mix of serious and less serious (fun, perhaps?) songs, but we also have some other buddies involved, Todd Beene and Stephen Egerton. It’s more of a punk record I suppose. I arranged and mixed the whole thing myself, which is a first, and something I’m pretty proud of. There’s a song about dogs. What’s not to love?
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?
Well, we’re back in lockdown here in the UK for the moment, so it’s back to making do and not making plans. I’m slowly working on some new material of my own, as well as a bunch of production projects. I’ll be doing shows as soon as that’s possible and safe, but it’s impossible to say when that’ll be just yet.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
If I had to pick one (and that’s a tall order) I’d likely pick Rock City in Nottingham, it’s always been one of my favourite spots and the whole team there are awesome. I was supposed to play there in March but it got cancelled thanks to lockdown, hopefully I can make that up sooner rather than later.