Live Footage: Franz Ferdinand Perform “Always Ascending” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

Currently comprised of founding trio Alex Kapranos (lead vocals, guitar), Bob Hardy (bass) and Paul Thomson (drums, percussion and backing vocals), along with newest members Julian Corrie (keys, synths, guitar and backing band), who joined last year, replacing founding member Nick McCarthy and the recently added Dino Bardot (guitar), the Glasgow, Scotland, UK-based indie rock/post punk act Franz Ferdinand formed back in 2002.  And with the release of their first two singles “Darts of Pleasure” and “Take Me Out” the members of the Glasgow-based indie rock act quickly saw commercial and critical success — with “Take Me Out,” becoming the band’s signature song, as it eventually peaked at #1 the UK Singles Chart, and earning a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Performance by Duo or Group with Vocal. Additionally, their eponymous, 2004 full-length debut received a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album and won the Mercury Prize, helping the Scottish indie rockers to establish themselves at the forefront of the early 2000s post-punk revival movement.

Their 2005 Rich Costey-produced sophomore effort, You Could Have It So Much Better was released to critical and commercial success with the album peaking within the Top Ten Charts in multiple countries, and as a result, the album received a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album with album single “Do You Want To” receiving a Grammy nomination for Best Performance by Duo or Group with Vocal. However, with 2009’s Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, the members of the Scottish indie act moved away from the post-punk sound that first won them international attention to a much more dance floor oriented sound — all while continuing an impressive run of commercial and critical success. They promptly followed that up with a remix album of Tonight, titled Blood, which was released that summer.

2013 saw the release of Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action but they managed to follow that effort up by teaming up with Sparks to form indie supergroup FFS, which released their self-tiltled album in 2015. Now, you may recall that Franz Ferdinand’s fifth album Always Ascending was released on Friday, and from the album single “Feel The Love Go,” the band has continued with a disco-leaning take on the Gang of Four-like post punk that first won them international attention — but with warm blasts of Hall and Oates/blue-eyed soul era saxophone that gives the song a quirky quality. “Lazy Boy,” much like its predecessor is a sleek, dance floor friendly track with a funky, disco-inspired bass line, four-on-the-floor drumming and a slick hook; but interestingly enough, the song finds the quintet at their most adventurous and mischievous, as the song also features twinkling synths and a loose, Rolling StonesEmotional Rescue”-like vibe.

Recently, the renowned Glasgow-based post-punk act was on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform album title track Always Ascending, a sleek, dance floor friendly song that in some way seems to nod at Talking Heads‘ cover of “Take Me to the River” — but with surprisingly soaring and infectious hook.

The band will be embarking on a world tour to support their forthcoming effort, and it will include two NYC area dates — April 15th and April 16 at Brooklyn Steel, with the 16th already being sold out. Check out the rest of the dates below.

Tour Dates

February 11 – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia Theatre
February 13 – Manchester, UK – Albert Hall
February 14 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City
February 16 – Newcastle, UK – 02 Academy
February 17 – Glasgow, UK – 02 Academy (SOLD OUT)
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 (SOLD OUT)
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 (SOLD OUT)
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 15 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
April 16 – Brooklyn, NY –  Brooklyn Steel (SOLD OUT)
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
June 9 – Moscow, Russia – Stadium Live
June 11 – St Petersberg, Russia – Stereoleto 2018
June 13 – Kiev, Ukraine – Art Platforma
June 22 – 24 – Scheessell, Germany – Hurricane Festival
June 22 – 24 – Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany – Southside Festival
June 28 – 30 –  Vilanova I La Geltru, Spain – Vida Festival
June 29 – July 1 – Beuninge, Netherlands – Down The Rabbit Hole
July 4 – Tallinn, Estonia – Ollesummer Festival
July 8 – Glasgow, UK – TRNSMT Festival
July 14 – Alges, Portugal – NOS Alive
July 15 – Aix-Les-Bains, France – Musilac

 

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