Frank Turner will release Mittens, and EP featuring a new mix of the title track plus four songs on March 4, 2016 via Universal Music Canada. A video for the song, starring Turner as a slow-motion Elvis, was directed by Turner’s close friend Ben Morse – who also directed Turner’s video for “The Next Storm.”
Turner is launching the EP alongside a new interactive website that echoes the song’s backstory. “’Mittens’ is a song about taking a risk for someone and letting your guard down,” Turner says. “It’s based on a real experience I had where I was bothered about not getting a reply from someone, so I got obsessed with used postcards on a visit to a thrift store in New York. In the end she never did write back, but I like to think the risk was worth it, and I learned from the experience. With that in mind, I thought it would be cool to set up a website where people can send (virtual) postcards to each other, and use the opportunity to say something meaningful, to take a risk, and see what comes back. The video ties in with all of this — and my Elvis obsession — sometimes it’s still worth it, even if you lose.”
The Mittens EP is available for pre-order today. Those who pre-order will receive an instant download of the new mix of “Mittens.” The original version appears on Turner’s current album, the Butch Walker-produced Positive Songs For Negative People, a triumphant culmination of a decade’s work for the prolific troubadour.
The Mittens EP track-listing: 1. Mittens 2. Least Of All Young Caroline 3. Little Aphrodite 4. Cleopatra In Brooklyn 5. The Armadillo
Canadian Tour Dates: 02/18 – Halifax, NS – The Marquee 02/19 – Moncton, NB – Tide & Boar 02/20 – Fredericton, NB – The Capital Complex 02/22 – Kingston, ON – The Mansion 02/23 – London, ON – The London Music Hall 02/24 – Waterloo, ON – Maxwell’s Concerts & Events 02/25 – Thunder Bay, ON – Crock’s 02/29 – Red Deer, AB – The International Beer Haus 03/01 – Canmore, AB – The Drake Pub 03/02 – Kelowna, BC – Flashbacks 03/03 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom 03/05 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Ballroom 03/06 – Edmonton, AB – Union Hall 03/07 – Saskatoon, SK – O’Brian’s Event Centre 03/08 – Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick Centre 03/11 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall 03/12 – Ottawa, ON – The Bronson Centre 03/13 – Montreal, QC – The Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre