Friday night at the second show ever at The Fillmore Philly (only after Hall and Oates), I saw three great acts that came all the way from England – Frank Turner, Skinny Lister, and Beans on Toast. Beans on Toast hit the stage first and though most of the crowd had never heard his music before, he won the crowd over immediately. His songs have a little something for everyone with them ranging from songs about chicken, to songs about love, to political ones. My personal favorite was one he made up mostly on the spot about Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. His lyrics are all so witty and humorous that he had me laughing and smiling throughout his entire set.
Skinny Lister took the stage next. They’re more of a folk-punk band but they were nevertheless great. Every member of the band has incredible stage presence and not only sing and play their instruments extremely well, but also know how to put on a great show. The bassist jumped into the crowd and played bass as he was crowd surfing, which was fun to watch. The whole band was so energetic and sounded perfect.
Closing out the night was Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls. They came out to the first single from the new album, Positive Songs For Negative People, “Get Better” and then went through songs from throughout his career. Even though PSFNP just came out about two months ago, fans still went just as crazy for songs off that album as the older stuff. After a while, the Sleeping Souls left the stage and Frank played a few songs solo. He changes up his setlist a little every night, so I was ecstatic when I heard him start playing “The Ballad of Me and My Friends.” It’s always my favorite moment at every show when thousands of people are screaming, “we’re definitely going to hell, but we’ll have all the best stories to tell.” He also played “Heartless Bastard Motherfucker” for the first time in a while per request from a fan that was seeing him for the 50th time. The band rejoined on stage and played a few more favorites before closing with “Photosynthesis.” Frank then came back out for encore to do a cover of “Thunder Road” by Bruce Springsteen before playing “I Still Believe” and “Four Simple Words.” Fans everywhere were dancing and singing to each other and having a blast. Frank Turner is an incredible musician and seeing him live is probably the most fun you will ever have at a show.