New Video: Franz Ferdinand Releases Surreal and Mischievous Visuals for Re-worked Version of “Glimpse of Love”

Over the past few months, I’ve written quite a bit about the Glasgow, Scotland, UK-based indie rock/post punk act Franz Ferdinand, and as you may recall, the Scottish band, which is 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) can trace their origins back to 2002. With the release of their first two singles “Darts of Pleasure” and “Take Me Out” the members of the Franz Ferdinand 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-tilted album in 2015. Franz Ferdinand’s fifth, full-length album Always Ascending was released earlier this year and with album singles “Feel The Love Go,” and “Lazy Boy,” the band continued forward with the quirky, disco-like take on  the Gang of Four-inspired sound that first won them international attention but with a loose, adventurous vibe; in fact, the album’s latest single “Glimpse of Love,” finds the band subtly nodding at house music, thanks to the use of twinkling and arpeggiated keys — but within an expansive, groove-friendly song structure. Interestingly, the version of the song that accompanies the recently released video is a re-working of the album track, re-corded as live and mixed by Serban Ghenea, who has worked with the likes of Rihanna and Lorde.

Directed by Alice Kunisue, the hilarious and surreal visuals for “Glimpse of Love” was shot just outside of Paris and features the members of the band primping, brooding and flat out being ridiculous.

The band is currently in the middle of a world tour to support their fifth album. Check out the remaining tour dates, below.

Tour Dates

 04.24 – Mexico City – Pepsi City
04.27 – Minneapolis – First Avenue
04.28 – Kansas City – The Truman
04.30 – Milwaukee – The Rave
05.02 – St Louis – The Pageant
05.07 – Dallas – House of Blues
05 .08- Houston – White Ok Music Hall
05.11 – Phoenix – The Van Buren
05.12 – Santa Ana – The Observatory
05.13 – San Diego – North Park @ The Observatory
05.15 – Los Angeles – The Wiltern
05.17 – Oakland – The Fox Theatre
06.09 – Moscow – Stadium Live
06.11 – St. Petersburg – Stereoleto 2018
06.13 – Kiev – Art Platforma
06.22 – Schessel – Hurricane Festival
06.22 – Neuhausen – Southside Festival
06.26 – Dublin – RDS Arena
06.28 – Santiago Compestela – O Son Do Camino
06.29 – Vilanova – Vida Festival
07.01 – Beuingen – Down The Rabbit Hole
07.04 – Tallinn – Ollesummer Festival
07.06 – Werchter – Rock Werchter
07.08 – Glasgow – TRNSMT Festival
07.10 – Rome – Roma Summer Festival
07.11 – Gardone Riviera – Tener A Mente Festival
07.13 – Madrid – Mad Cool
07.14 – Alges – NOS Alive
07.15 – Aix-Les-Bains – Musilac
08.19 – Landerneau – Fete du Bruit
08.28 – Bergen – USF – Rokeriet
08.29 – Oslo – Sentrum Scene
09.01 – Copenhagen – Store Vega
09.07 – Milan – Milan Rocks
09.09 – Portmeirion – Festival No.6
09.22 – Manchester – British Sound Project
09.26 – London- The Roundhouse

 

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