Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls have spent months teasing fans about the release of their sixth studio album, Positive Songs for Negative People, which came out on August 7 (Check out our review here!). This release, however, came with a challenge. In mid-July, Turner posted this to his Instagram page:
Hey everyone, let's try something fun and new. What could be more positive than a random act of kindness? Ahead of the new record, 'Positive Songs For Negative People', I thought we could all play a game to remind ourselves that people can be decent to each other from time to time. Head to the link below, check my entry and then share your random acts of kindness with #FTRAOK. You can contribute, read other people's, and vote for your favourites. We might even be getting something special for some of the best ones.
With the album’s themes of overcoming hardships and finding ways to stay positive in the face of adversity, a challenge to make the world a better place was fitting. Since Turner sent out that fateful post, fans from all over have been celebrating random acts of kindness, and sending more of these acts out into the world. The street team for Turner’s label, Xtra Mile Recordings, took the challenge into their own hands. Street teamers took to the internet with images featuring positive lyrics from the record, including its leading singles “Get Better”, “The Next Storm”, and “Glorious You”, in order to spread positivity as well as awareness for the album’s release.
Meanwhile, the suggested Twitter hashtag, #FTRAOK, was flooded with stories of good deeds and kind Samaritans. Here are some of our favorites:
Got ditched at an out-of-state show. FT Army friends helped me to and from venue safely so I still had fun despite the drama #FTRAOK
— Judith Valentine (@defying3reason) July 21, 2015
once gave away a spare +1 to a girl who got to the venue & had forgotten hers. she started crying. inside she bought me a drink! #ftraok
— valerie gritsch (@valderie) August 1, 2015
#FTRAOK Paid a woman’s excess baggage so she wouldn’t get kicked off the plane on the way back from holiday.
— Pauline Woods (@pwoods61) July 17, 2015
More random acts of kindness can be found under #FTRAOK on Twitter, or here. Consider doing an act of kindness for yourself, and order your own copy of Positive Songs for Negative people through Xtra Mile Recordings, iTunes, or Amazon.