CHILL IN FRANZ FERDINAND

Yes they’re back! ‘Take Me Out’ singers Franz Ferdinand have returned with news of their long awaited new album and a UK tour. Their new title track ‘Always Ascending’ is gaining considerable traction in the charts and shows that the Glaswegian group are back with a bang.

After teasing fans with a snippet of new music in November, the Mercury Award winning indie veterans have unveiled the lead single and announced that new album ‘Always Ascending’ will be released on February 9 2018.

Drawing on the band’s more synth-based electronic sounds, the track is a propulsive and experimental turn for Franz, and an ambitious departure from their more guitar-driven roots.

“In terms of the sound, the song is quite representative of the whole record,” Kapranos said. “This one sounds quite different from our previous records – it’s a bit wider and less of a ‘straight up guitar’ album. It’s just a taster. There are many more surprises to come.”

Fans have been eagerly awaiting news of a new album since guitarist Nick McCarthy left the band after 14 years back in July 2016. Lead singer Franz then confirmed that he wouldn’t be taking part in either the recording or touring of their fifth album album – the follow-up to 2013’s acclaimed ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action‘.

Franz Ferdinand, originally formed back in 2002, have 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. They have been nominated for several Grammy Awards and have received two Brit Awards – winning one for Best British Group – and an NME Award.

ROCKS RATING: ***