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). Dino Bardot (guitar and backing vocals) and Julian Corrie (keyboards, synthesiser, 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 and selling over 3 million albums worldwide, as reported during late 2009.[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.



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Always Ascending
"Always Ascending" is a song by Scottish indie rock band Franz Ferdinand.
Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action is the fourth studio album by Scottish indie rock band Franz Ferdinand.
Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (also known simply as Tonight) is the third studio album by Scottish indie rock band Franz Ferdinand.
Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand is the debut studio album by Scottish indie rock band Franz Ferdinand, released in early 2004 through Domino Records.

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Album Appearances & References16

Popular Songs37

Song Appearances & References7

Minor Film Appearances & References2

TV Shows2

Book References & Influences2

Video Game References3

Collaborators & Influencers16

Other Music-Related Relationships13

Awards & Nominations14


Popular Tours1

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The Flame (Studio Brussels De Warmste Week)
Brussels, Belgium
December 22, 2017
Shinkiba Studio Cost
Tokyo, Japan
January 25, 2018
New Slang at The Hippodrome
London, United Kingdom
February 8, 2018
Galway, Ireland
February 10, 2018
Olympia Theatre
Dublin, Ireland
February 11, 2018
Albert Hall
Manchester, United Kingdom
February 13, 2018
Rock City
Nottingham, United Kingdom
February 14, 2018
O2 Academy
Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
February 16, 2018
O2 Academy Glasgow
Glasgow, United Kingdom
February 17, 2018
O2 Academy Leeds
Leeds, United Kingdom
February 19, 2018
O2 Academy Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom
February 20, 2018
O2 Academy Bristol
Bristol, United Kingdom
February 21, 2018
Corn Exchange
Cambridge, United Kingdom
February 23, 2018
O2 Academy Brixton
London, United Kingdom
February 24, 2018
Brighton Dome
Brighton, United Kingdom
February 25, 2018
Paris, France
February 27, 2018
Forest National
Brussels, Belgium
February 28, 2018
Mehr! Theater
Hamburg, Germany
March 1, 2018
Utrecht, Netherlands
March 3, 2018
De Oosterpoort
Groningen, Netherlands
March 4, 2018
Cologne, Germany
March 5, 2018
Berlin, Germany
March 7, 2018
Warsaw, Poland
March 8, 2018
Forum Karlin
Prague, Czech Republic
March 9, 2018
Halle 622
Zurich, Switzerland
March 11, 2018
Munich, Germany
March 12, 2018
Vienna, Austria
March 13, 2018
Unipol Arena
Bologna, Italy
March 15, 2018
La Riviera
Madrid, Spain
March 17, 2018
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 16, 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
House of Blues
Dallas, United States
May 7, 2018
White Oak Music Hall
Houston, United States
May 8, 2018
The Van Buren
Phoenix, United States
May 11, 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
TRNSMT Festival
Glasgow, United Kingdom
July 8, 2018
NOS Alive
Algés, Portugal
July 14, 2018

News Articles15

Franz Ferdinand rocks sold out show at the Commodore
  –  December 8, 2017
Oh goodness. Oh gosh. It’s 2005 again. The Office is in its first season, we don’t know how Harry Potter ends, and Franz Ferdinand are rocking the airwaves with their special breed of dance-punk-indie European rock. Step into the Commodore Tuesday ...
Franz Ferdinand rocks sold out show at the Commodore
  –  December 8, 2017
Step into the Commodore Tuesday night (Dec. 5) and witness Franz Ferdinand doing more with a few catchy bass ... haven’t lost any of their distinctive brand of hyper Scottish dance-rock fire. Kicking off the evening with their new single “Lazy Boy ...
Watch Franz Ferdinand's Vivid 'Always Ascending' Video
  –  December 6, 2017
Franz Ferdinand released a dreamlike video for their latest single, "Always Ascending." The band members float around in slow-motion and perform the winding dance-rock single against a series of shifting, abstract backdrops. When not playing guitar ...
Franz Ferdinand – “Always Ascending” Video
  –  December 5, 2017
Next year, Scottish new wavers Franz Ferdinand are coming back with the new album Always Ascending, their first in five years. They’ve already shared the title track, a vintage piece of strutting, slithering, sticky dance-rock. And now they’ve got a ...
Dance Rock Goes Zero Gravity in Franz Ferdinand's New Video "Always Ascending"
  –  December 4, 2017
The space between Franz Ferdinand albums has averaged 4-5 years, and we’ve lost a band member along the way—this makes us no less excited for the band’s next release, Always Ascending, out on Feb. 9, 2018 via Domino. They’ve shared the music video ...
Franz Ferdinand and Peace among headliners for NME Awards Shows 2018
  –  December 7, 2017
Franz Ferdinand, Peace, The Sherlocks and A2 are among the headliners ... In addition, the VO5 NME Awards Road Trip will visit clubs across the UK, welcoming a host of leading music acts and radio personalities for a series of one-off DJ sets in ...
The Killers, CHVRCHES and Franz Ferdinand added to TRNSMT line-up
  –  December 6, 2017
THE KILLERS will headline the final night of Glasgow’s TRNSMT music festival next year. The Las Vegas band will be joined by hometown stars CHVRCHES and Franz Ferdinand on Sunday 8th July. The 2018 version of the event takes place over two weekends ...
Watch Franz Ferdinand’s ‘Always Ascending’ Video
  –  December 5, 2017
Franz Ferdinand have released a video to accompany the title track ... It’s very tempting in the studio to digitally tidy everything up – Photoshopping your music. Everything was played and nothing is programmed. It still has to be raw and have that ...
Watch: Franz Ferdinand reveal trippy video for new single 'Always Ascending'
  –  December 5, 2017
Franz Ferdinand recently announced their comeback with their new line-up, as well as the audio of their first single since 2014, 'Always Ascending'. Now, Alex Kapranos and co. have revealed the trippy music video to go with it. 'Always Ascending' is the ...
Dance Rock Goes Zero Gravity in Franz Ferdinand's New Video "Always Ascending"
  –  December 4, 2017
The space between Franz Ferdinand albums has averaged 4-5 years, and we’ve lost a band member along the way—this makes us no less excited for the band’s next release, Always Ascending, out on Feb. 9, 2018 via Domino. They’ve shared the music video ...
Franz Ferdinand Free Fall in ‘Always Ascending’ Video
  –  December 4, 2017
Ever had a dream where you’re falling? It’s a sensation Franz Ferdinand recreate in the band’s latest music video, “Always Ascending.” Related: Franz Ferdinand Announce New Album ‘Always Ascending’ The stylized clip juxtaposes images of ...
Watch the video for ‘Always Ascending’, the new single from Franz Ferdinand
  –  December 4, 2017
It's getting a little bit ethereal... Franz Ferdinand have debuted the music video for new single ‘Always Ascending’, taken from their forthcoming album of the same name. Check it out below. In the video, frontman Alex Kapranos and the rest of the band ...
Franz Ferdinand Release 'Always Ascending' Video
  –  December 4, 2017
( Ever had a dream where you're falling? That is a sensation that Franz Ferdinand recreate in their brand new music video for the song "Always Ascending." The stylized clip juxtaposes images of band members falling in slow motion with live ...
Franz Ferdinand Perform On Multiple Levels in New Video for “Always Ascending”
  –  December 4, 2017
The rest of the band backs him up energetically; the feel of the music matches the upward momentum of the visuals. Franz Ferdinand’s first two singles, “Take Me Out” and “Darts Of Pleasure” each hit their crest on the top-50 U.K. Singles chart.
Video: Franz Ferdinand — “Always Ascending”
  –  December 4, 2017
Franz Ferdinand have released the music video for “Always Ascending,” the futuristic synth-heavy lead single off their upcoming LP of the same name. “In terms of the sound, the song is quite representative of the whole record,” Alex Kapranos told ...

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