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Franz Ferdinand Announce New Album “Always Ascending”

Always Ascending, the new album from Franz Ferdinand, will be released by Domino on Friday, February 9th, 2018.  Nothing short of a rebirth, the album’s 10 songs are a triumphant recasting of the group, bursting with fresh ideas and vigorous sonic experimentation.

You can listen to the first single, also titled Always Ascending,  HERE and download or stream it below:

Always Ascending was recorded at RAK Studios in London and Motorbass in Paris, with the help of French producer extraordinaire Philippe Zdar (Cassius, Phoenix, The Beastie Boys), the mutual affection between band and producer seeping into every dazzling groove. Always Ascending shows the lauded Scottish band broadening their palate; as exuberant as it is euphoric, creating a sound that singer, Alex Kapranos, refers to as “simultaneously futuristic and naturalistic.”

From the city which jointly played host to the album’s conception, the band will mark the announcement of Always Ascending with a live-streamed launch event at Paris’s Point Ephémère, to be broadcast from the Franz Ferdinand Facebook page from 9.30pm Paris time/ 3.30pm EST12.30pm PST today, during which the band will preview a selection of their new recordings.

In the years since the off-kilter group of dapper, wordy and witty Glasgow-based musicians burst onto the scene with a debut single so dynamic and refreshing it became a bona fide worldwide mega-hit, the band have continued to release a string of acclaimed albums. That very first offering, the universally adored “Take Me Out”,  has gone from ‘hit au courant’ to ‘rock radio classic’ in record time, drenching the globe’s radio airwaves for over a decade. Since its release Franz Ferdinand have gone on to sell 10 million records worldwide, win two UK Grammy-equivalent Brit Awards, the prestigious Mercury Music Prize, four NME Awards, an MTV Video Award and four Grammy nominations. Despite first finding success during the great ‘garage rock’ resurgence – the band were never all about guitars, or any kind of rock revival. Their songs have always dug deeper with unapologetic swaggering disco-rock. Always Ascending marries their unique talent for building sonically rich, catchy, dance floor friendly songs with a renewed zest for experimentation.

Always Ascending is available to pre-order via iTunes and all DSPs, now and will be available on CD, vinyl and ltd edition cassette via DomMart, with a special DomMart edition, featuring marbled blue and white vinyl, with a signed print and tote bag.  The single “Always Ascending is available to download/stream now.

Franz Ferdinand are Alex Kapranos (vocals, guitar), Bob Hardy (bass), Paul Thomson (drums), Julian Corrie (keyboards, guitar) and Dino Bardot(guitar).

The band are also announcing their forthcoming tour dates:


December 4 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Market
December 5 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore
December 6 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore
December 7 – Portland, OR – KNRK Show
December 9 – Pomona, CA – Glasshouse

December 10 – Los Angeles, CA – KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas [SOLD OUT]

January 25 – Tokyo, Japan – Shinkiba Studio Coast
February 10 – Galway, Ireland – Leisureland
February 11 – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia Theatre
February 13 – Manchester, UK – Royal Albert Hall
February 14 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City
February 16 – Newcastle, UK – 02 Academy
February 17 – Glasgow, UK – 02 Academy
February 19 – Leeds, UK – 02 Academy
February 20 – Birmingham, UK – 02 Academy
February 21 – Bristol, UK – 02 Academy
February 23 – Cambridge, UK – Corn Exchange
February 24 – London, UK – 02 Brixton Academy
February 25 – Brighton, UK – Dome
February 27 – Paris, France – Zenith
February 28 – Brussels, Belgium – Forest National
March 1 – Hamburg, Germany – Mehr! Theater
March 3 – Utrecht, Netherlands – Tivoli Vrendenburg
March 4 – Groningen, Netherlands – De Oosterpoort
March 5 – Cologne, Germany – Palladium
March 7 – Berlin, Germany – Tempodrom
March 8 – Warsaw, Poland – Stodola
March 9 – Prague, Czech Republic – Forum Karlin
March 11 – Zurich, Switzerland – Halle 622
March 12 – Munich, Germany – Tonhalle
March 13 – Vienna, Austria – Gasometer
March 15 – Bologna, Italy – Unipol Arena
March 17 – Madrid, Spain – La Riviera
March 19 – Toulouse, France – Zenith
March 20 – Montpellier, France – Zenith Sud
March 21 – Lyon, France – Amphi 3000
March 23 – Rennes, France – Liberte
March 24 – Caen, France – Zenith
April 8 – Toronto, ON – Rebel
April 10 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
April 11 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
April 13 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
April 16 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
April 27 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
April 28 – Kansas City, MO – The Truman
April 30 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
May 2 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
May 7 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
May 8 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
May 11 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
May 13 – San Diego, CA – North Park @ The Observatory
May 15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
May 17 – Oakland, CA – The Fox Theatre


Tickets for shows in Ireland, UK and Europe will be available to purchase from 9am on Friday November 3rd, Japan from November 11th, and US and Canada from 10am local time October 27th.  More information can be found on the band’s website.

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