Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand



Franz Ferdinand are a Scottish indie rock band, formed in 2002 and based in Glasgow. The band's original lineup was composed of Alex Kapranos (lead vocals and guitar, keyboard), Nick McCarthy (rhythm guitar, keyboards and backing vocals), Bob Hardy (bass guitar), and Paul Thomson (drums, percussion and backing vocals). Julian Corrie (keyboards, synthesiser, guitar and backing vocals) and Dino Bardot (guitar and backing vocals) joined the band in 2017 after McCarthy left during the previous year. The band has been notable for being one of the more popular post-punk revival bands, garnering multiple UK top 20 hits.[1] They have been nominated for several Grammy Awards and have received two Brit Awards – winning one for Best British Group – as well as one NME Award.

The band's first two singles, "Darts of Pleasure" and "Take Me Out", peaked within the top-50 on the UK Singles Chart. "Take Me Out" achieved global recognition by charting in several countries and went on to earn a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. It has since been noted as the band's signature song, as well. The band released their eponymous debut studio album on 9 February 2004 to critical acclaim. The album won the 2004 Mercury Prize and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album.

In 2005, the band released their second studio album, You Could Have It So Much Better, which was produced by Rich Costey. The album went on to earn acclaim from critics as well as a positive commercial performance, peaking within the top-ten in multiple countries. At the 48th Annual Grammy Awards, the album earned a nomination for Best Alternative Album and one of the singles released from the album, "Do You Want To", earned a nomination for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. The band's third studio album, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, was announced in late 2008 and released in January 2009. The album was notable for featuring a change in the band's musical style, as the band had shifted from a post-punk-focused sound, which was featured on their first two albums, to a more dance-oriented sound. The album gained a positive commercial performance as well as positive reviews from critics. A remix album of Tonight, titled Blood, was subsequently released in July 2009.

Four years after the release of Tonight, the band released their fourth studio album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, in August 2013. In 2015, Franz Ferdinand and American rock band Sparks formed the supergroup FFS and released a self-titled album in June 2015. The band's fifth studio album, Always Ascending, is due for release in February 2018.



Always Ascending
Always Ascending is the upcoming fifth studio album by Scottish indie rock band Franz Ferdinand.
Lazy Boy
Lazy Boy is a song by musical group Franz Ferdinand, released on January 25, 2018.
Feel the Love Go
Feel The Love Go is a song by musical group Franz Ferdinand, released on January 8, 2018.
Always Ascending
"Always Ascending" is a song by Scottish indie rock band Franz Ferdinand.

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Popular Albums31

Album Appearances & References17

Popular Songs41

Song Appearances & References8

Minor Film Appearances & References2

TV Shows2

Book References & Influences2

Video Game References3

Collaborators & Influencers17

Other Music-Related Relationships22

Awards & Nominations17


Popular Tours1

Band Members4

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Spotify - Albums & Singles73


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Upcoming Concerts38

Toulouse, France
March 19, 2018
Zénith Sud
Montpellier, France
March 20, 2018
Amphi 3000
Lyon, France
March 21, 2018
Rennes, France
March 23, 2018
Caen, France
March 24, 2018
Toronto, Canada
April 8, 2018
House of Blues
Boston, United States
April 10, 2018
9:30 Club
Washington, United States
April 11, 2018
The FIllmore
Philadelphia, United States
April 13, 2018
Brooklyn Steel
Brooklyn, United States
April 15, 2018
Brooklyn Steel
Brooklyn, United States
April 16, 2018
Pa'l Norte
Monterrey, Mexico
April 20, 2018
Roxy Festival
Guadalajara, Mexico
April 21, 2018
Pepsi Centre
Mexico City, Mexico
April 24, 2018
First Avenue
Minneapolis, United States
April 27, 2018
The Truman
Kansas City, United States
April 28, 2018
The Rave
Milwaukee, United States
April 30, 2018
The Pageant
Saint Louis, United States
May 2, 2018
Shaky Knees Music Festival (4th to 6th May)
Atlanta, United States
May 4, 2018
House of Blues
Dallas, United States
May 7, 2018
White Oak Music Hall
Houston, United States
May 8, 2018
Austin, United States
May 9, 2018
The Van Buren
Phoenix, United States
May 11, 2018
The Observatory
Santa Ana, United States
May 12, 2018
North Park @ The Observatory
San Diego, United States
May 13, 2018
The Wiltern
Los Angeles, United States
May 15, 2018
The Fox Theatre
Oakland, United States
May 17, 2018
Stadium Live
Moscow, Russia
June 9, 2018
Stereoleto 2018
Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
June 11, 2018
Art Platforma
Kiev, Ukraine
June 13, 2018
Southside Festival (22nd to 24th June)
Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany
June 22, 2018
Hurricane Festival (22nd to 24th June)
Scheessel, Germany
June 22, 2018
Vida Festival (28th June - 30th June)
Vilanova I La Geltrú, Spain
June 28, 2018
Down the Rabbit Hole (29th June - 1st July)
Beuningen, Netherlands
June 29, 2018
Ollesummer Festival
Tallinn, Estonia
July 4, 2018
TRNSMT Festival
Glasgow, United Kingdom
July 8, 2018
NOS Alive
Algés, Portugal
July 14, 2018
Aix-Les-Bains, France
July 15, 2018

News Articles22

Franz Ferdinand Nearly Called It Quits—and Came Back Brasher and Gutsier Than Ever
  –  February 8, 2018
Franz Ferdinand always had more potential legs in them than their ... La Roux), adding an LCD Soundsystem–ish dance-punk weapon to their arsenal. After releasing their fourth record in 2013, they undertook a surprising but no less welcome supergroup ...
Franz Ferdinand talk politics and pop: 'You basically elected your worst person'
  –  February 9, 2018
Scottish dance-rock darlings Franz Ferdinand are about to release Always Ascending, their first album in almost five years, but they haven’t exactly been off the scene. Along with collaborating with Sparks in the supergroup FFS in 2015, they released the ...
Album reviews: Franz Ferdinand - Always Ascending, Ezra Furman - Transangelic Exodus and more
  –  February 9, 2018
Five years is a long time in pop, but Franz Ferdinand’s artful, oblique take on the medium ... The full-band backing, subtly blending elements of rock and jazz, provides a resilient foundation for Havens’s passionate, sepia-tone folk-soul vocals ...
Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos On Refusing To Get Stuck In The Past For ‘Always Ascending’
  –  February 9, 2018
When Franz Ferdinand first appeared on the radar of music fans in 2004, they were a rare success on two fronts: Instantly embraced by the indie rock community and blasted out to the masses on alternative radio for their smash, “Take Me Out.”
Listen to Franz Ferdinand cover Angel Olsen
  –  February 9, 2018
Last October, Franz Ferdinand teased their return with a snippet of new music, before announcing a new album and tour. ‘Always Ascending’ was the title track and first single from their fifth studio album – their first in five years – which is out ...
The Listening Room: “Black Panther,” Dashboard Confessional, Fu Manchu, Franz Ferdinand and more...
  –  February 9, 2018
Checking out this week’s hot new music releases... Album of the Week ... “Sleepwalkers” (Island); Franz Ferdinand, “Always Ascending” (Domino); Fu Manchu, “Clone Of The Universe” (At The Dojo); Legend of the Seagullmen, “Legend of the ...
Franz Ferdinand are still operating on an elevated plateau – Always Ascending, review
  –  February 9, 2018
It is a question that must haunt every artist, especially in the fickle world of popular music. Even the most glorious careers tend to be marked by periods of creative stasis and commercial decline. Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos and his squad are ...
Franz Ferdinand talk politics and pop: 'You basically elected your worst person'
  –  February 9, 2018
Franz Ferdinand were one of the few non-American participants on ... Right from the beginning, we’ve wanted to make dance music, but from the perspective from a raw, rock ‘n’ roll band. And so I think with this record, we’ve really taken that ...
Blasting back with a treat for Franz Ferdinand fans: Band scale fresh peaks with new album Always Ascending, says ADRIAN THRILLS
  –  February 8, 2018
Franz Ferdinand didn’t just launch their own career when they released their eponymous debut album 14 years ago today. The Glasgow group’s blend of art-school rock and indie-pop also kick-started the last meaningful wave of guitar music. The 12 months ...
Franz Ferdinand on the Secrets Behind Making Always Ascending
  –  February 8, 2018
It also ushers in a new era of Franz Ferdinand. Fresh from his side projects with the ... Kapranos was a regular visitor to Ethiopia a few years ago. He adored the music and its unusual scales, which were at odds with Western tones.
Rank Your Records: Alex Kapranos Contemplatively Ranks Franz Ferdinand’s LPs
  –  February 8, 2018
Franz Ferdinand remained a four-piece ... Was that a reaction to something else you were witnessing in music? Yes. [Laughs] Totally. I was half-joking when I said that. Actually, no—I was totally being serious. At the time I was going to gigs in Glasgow ...
Franz Ferdinand Nearly Called It Quits—and Came Back Brasher and Gutsier Than Ever
  –  February 8, 2018
Franz Ferdinand always had more potential legs in them than their ... This approach of re-producing electronic music with live instrumentation sounds like a similarly ostentatious process to Daft Punk's last album, Random Access Memories, though, hopefully ...
Always Ascending (Review) — Franz Ferdinand
  –  February 8, 2018
Scottish indie rockers Franz Ferdinand exploded onto the music scene with their global hit "Take Me Out" in 2004. In the 14 years since, they've released three albums, lost some popularity, and even lost founding member and keyboardist/guitarist Nick McCarthy.
‘This feels like a new band, it almost is’: the return of Franz Ferdinand
  –  February 8, 2018
The remaining trio considered splitting, or even reforming as a new band, he reveals, before agreeing the motivation was there to work on new music. “We started writing without being 100% sure whether it would end up being a Franz Ferdinand record,” he ...
Franz Ferdinand covers Angel Olsen’s “Shut Up Kiss Me”
  –  February 8, 2018
However, Franz Ferdinand also stopped by the Sirius XM studio to perform some music. As has been the tradition with recent Sirius XM sessions (such as Japanese Breakfast covering “California Dreaming” and Porches taking on The Beatles), Franz Ferdinand ...
‘Always Ascending’ review: Franz Ferdinand keeps evolving
  –  February 7, 2018
But there is a unifying theme: The struggles of everyday life are unavoidable, but Franz Ferdinand believes they can be overcome by dance-driven hopefulness and the mindset that life is “Always Ascending.” Glenn Gamboa is Newsday's music critic ...
BBC Biggest Weekend in Belfast: Franz Ferdinand, Ash and Goldie among latest line-up announcements
  –  February 7, 2018
Downpatrick stars Ash On Wednesday it was announced Franz Ferdinand, Ash and Goldie have also been added ... while it has already been confirmed BBC radio 6 Music will broadcast from the event. Lauren Laverne from 6 Music said: “The incredible line ...
Franz Ferdinand on their rebirth and new album
  –  February 2, 2018
Franz Ferdinand instead chose to press the reset button ... "My background is in electronic music, and I guess when I joined the band I wanted to bring a little bit of that with me," he explains. "The very first song I heard when I went to the studio ...
Franz Ferdinand get set for fifth album release and UK tour
  –  February 2, 2018
It came as no surprise to Franz Ferdinand when guitarist Nick McCarthy said he wanted ... Eventually we played some music and the vibe was great. All of us in the band come from different backgrounds with different influences, and then you create something ...
New Music Preview: Franz Ferdinand, Belle and Sebastian, and Brandi Carlile
  –  January 31, 2018
Welcome to The Manual’s music preview for February 2018. Below you’ll find three records coming out this month that we can’t wait to hear. Franz Ferdinand’s breakout single “Take Me Out” encapsulated the sound of the band’s early music and ...
Franz Ferdinand talk Rock City, Sparks, the new album and 2018 UK tour that comes to Nottingham in February
  –  January 30, 2018
There was that fine line between pop music and the films that I was into at the time ... I actually think that it is a beautiful song. Franz Ferdinand, Rock City, Nottingham, Wednesday February 14, £30.25 (admin fee already included) from Ticketmaster.
Franz Ferdinand, Willy Vlautin and Calum Beattie (in session)
  –  January 29, 2018
Janice Forsyth speaks to Scottish musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and author, Alex Kapranos from Franz Ferdinand about their new single ... Don't Skip Out On Me. All that and music from the brilliant Edinburgh born and raised singer ...

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