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Scottish indie favourites Franz Ferdinand have shared the video for comeback single Always Ascending, taken from their forthcoming album of the same name. You can watch it right here.
The Mercury Prize winners are gearing up to release their long-awaited fifth studio album – and the band recently played a secret comeback gig at The Rum Shack in their hometown, 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 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.
Speaking to NME recently, Kapranos teased that the band have swapped their guitar-driven sound for something more futuristic.
“We wanted to take the sounds that are available to us now and make the sound that you haven’t heard before – the sound of the future,” said Kapranos.
“When you’re recording in 2017 you need to be looking ahead to the next thing.
“What haven’t people even heard in 2018? In terms of ‘naturalistic’, it’s not retrogressive – but it’s about trying to make something that feels like it’s being played by humans.”
Watch the video for Always Ascending below – then check out Franz Ferdinand’s 2018 live dates.
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