AAA’s Hottest Record of the Week – Franz Ferdinand, Always Ascending

Scottish indie favourites Franz Ferdinand are back with a brand new single titled Always Ascending – and it’s AAA’s Hottest Record of the Week.

The Mercury Prize winners are gearing up to release their long-awaited fifth studio album – also titled Always Ascending – and if their comeback single is any indicator, it’s going to be epic.

The Glasgow-based band played a secret comeback gig at The Rum Shack in their hometown at the weekend – their first live outing since performing in front of 25,000 fans at Madrid’s Dcode festival.

With founder member Nick McCarthy quitting the band recently, Franz Ferdinand are back with a new line-up – the latest incarnation of the band featuring two new members.

Joining frontman Alex Kapranos, bassist Bob Hardy and drummer Paul Thomson are Dino Bardot and Julian Corrie.

Bardot was formerly a member of indie trio the 1990s, while Corrie has produced electronic music under the Miaoux Miaoux moniker in recent years.

Always Ascending, the new album from Franz, is being released by Domino on Friday, 9 February.

Nothing short of a rebirth, the album’s ten songs are a triumphant recasting of the group, bursting with fresh ideas and vigorous sonic experimentation.

Listen to lead single Always Ascending below.

The band have also announced their forthcoming tour dates – they are are as follows:

Saturday              10 February             Galway, Ireland             Leisureland

Sunday                   11 February             Dublin, Ireland             Olympia Theatre

Tuesday              13 February            Manchester                        Albert Hall

Wednesday           14 February            Nottingham                        Rock City

Friday                     16 February            Newcastle                        02 Academy

Saturday             17 February            Glasgow                        02 Academy

Monday             19 February            Leeds                                    02 Academy

Tuesday             20 February           Birmingham                        02 Academy

Wednesday           21 February           Bristol                                    02 Academy

Friday                     23 February           Cambridge                        Corn Exchange

Saturday             24 February          London                        02 Brixton Academy

Sunday              25 February            Brighton                         Dome

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