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Listen to Frank Turner’s haunting cover of NOFX’s Falling In Love

(Image credit: Fat Wreck Chords)

English singer/songwriter Frank Turner and LA punk outfit NOFX are preparing to release their split album West Coast vs Wessex on July 31.

The 10-track record sees Turner cover five of his favourite NOFX songs, while NOFX reciprocate with five of their best-loved Turner tracks.

Today, Turner’s cover of NOFX’s Falling In Love has been released – and it’s vastly different from the version that appeared on the LA band’s 1997 album So Long & Thanks For All The Shoes.

That version is a fast-paced bass and drum driven track which perfectly closed out their seventh album. However, Turner’s take is a haunting, stripped-back affair, which he says he picked out due to its “lyric and melody.”

Turner explains: “When vocalist and bassist Fat Mike asked me to do a covers split with NOFX, I was blown away, and immediately knew that one of the songs I'd do would be Falling In Love.

“I’ve long thought it was one of his best compositions. It’s a beautiful lyric and melody, and I wanted to come at the song in a way that would lay that bare and highlight the beauty of the writing. I think it came out pretty good.”

Fat Mike adds: “When Frank picked Falling In Love, I was so fucking stoked. Then I heard it, and I go, ‘Holy shit, he just kicked our ass.’”

West Coast vs Wessex will be released through Fat Wreck Chords, with Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls joining NOFX on their 2021 Punk In Drublic European tour – details of which can be found below. 

NOFX/Frank Turner: West Coast vs Wessex

NOFX/Frank Turner: West Coast vs Wessex
West Coast vs Wessex sees NOFX cover five of their favourite Frank Turner tracks, while Turner returns the favour by delivering his take on five NOFX numbers. Definitely not to be missed.

NOFX & Frank Turner: West Coast vs Wessex
2. Worse Things Happen At Sea
3. Thatcher Fucked The Kids
4. Ballad Of Me And My Friends
5. Glory Hallelujah
6. Scavenger Type
7. Bob
8. Eat The Meek
9. Perfect Government
10. Falling In Love

Punk in Drublic Festival 2021 European Tour Dates
May 13: Chemillé Théâtre Foirail à Chemille, France
May 15: Boom De Schorre Open Air, Belgium 
May 16: Berlin Zitadelle, Germany
May 21: Wiesen Open Air, Austria
May 23: Milan Carroponte, Italy
Jun 04: Oberhausen Turbinenhalle, Germany
Jun 05: Hannover Faust Open Air, Germany
Jun 10: Turku Vanha Surrtori 5, Finland
Jun 12: Oslo Spektrum, Norway
Jun 13: Malmö Folkets Park, Sweden   

Scott Munro

Scott looks after Louder’s online buyer’s guides and also scouts out the best deals for music fans from every corner of the internet. He's spent more than 25 years in newspapers and magazines and in 2014 joined our news desk, where he wrote extensively about rock, metal, prog and more. Scott has previous written for the Daily Record, Sunday Mirror, The Herald and IGN.