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Franz Ferdinand Unveil Video for “Always Ascending”

Franz Ferdinand have unveiled the striking new video to Always Ascending”, the first single from their forthcoming album of the same name, out February 9th on Domino.

The hypnotically charged video, shot in Paris, was directed by acclaimed French directors AB / CD / CD. Talking about the video, Alex Kapranos said:

“We’re happy to now be Always Ascending on the screen, with ABCDCD capturing the mood of the song and likenesses of the band in perfect detail. This is pretty much a typical Sunday afternoon round at Franz Ferdinand’s flat.”

The band recently announced their fifth studio album Always Ascending, which 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). 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.

“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 band kicks off a short run of US dates today in Seattle. All worldwide tour dates are below.

December 4 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Market

December 5 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore [SOLD OUT]

December 6 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore

December 7 – Portland, OR – Theater Of The Clouds (947 FM Portland)

December 9 – Pomona, CA – Glasshouse

December 10 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum (KROQ Almost Acoustic Xmas)

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

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