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Franz Ferdinand Announce New Album “Always Ascending”, Release Title Track

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 HERE.

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 EST/ 12.30pm 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 singleAlways Ascending is available to download/stream now.

The track listing for Always Ascending is as follows:

  1. Always Ascending

  2. Lazy Boy

  3. Paper Cages

  4. Finally

  5. The Academy Award

  6. Lois Lane

  7. Huck And Jim

  8. Glimpse Of Love

  9. Feel The Love Go

  10. Slow Don’t Kill Me Slow

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:

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: http://franzferdinand.com

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