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Review: Franz Ferdinand transcends with Always Ascending

New direction

Franz Ferdinand is back for a new wave of rock.

The rockers from Glasgow just released their 5th studio album Always Ascending. The 10 track LP is a meld of rock, disco, and new wave that might be their best yet.

franz-ferdinand-always-ascendingTheir last album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action (2013), is a stark difference from this new sound. The band, which has been on the mainstream scene for nearly 20 years, always seems to give us music that can encapsulate a moment in time seamlessly.

This latest album has a new sound due to its producer Phillippe Zdar, who has worked with artists such as Chromeo, The Beastie Boys, Phoenix, and his own group Cassius.

The new slow and calculated grooves like the track “Paper Cages”,  give an air of a band that is relaxed in the music they are playing. In others such as “The Academy Award”, the voice of singer Alex Kapranos is haunting as he speaks of our distorted media-obsessed society.

In addition to the new producer for this album, two new band members have injected their own style into the band. Nick McCarthy, a founding member, left the band in 2016, and they have since picked up members, Dino Bardot (guitar) and Julian Corrie (keyboards and guitar) which add to the slightly new sound.

Whenever there is a shift in dynamic, the sound of a group changes, this time it seems the new changes within are pushing the band in a more exploratory direction.

The influences of funk, disco, new wave, and rock that can be heard throughout this album display a longevity, that holds to the standard of their debut album Franz Ferdinand.

Overall, the energy, tone, and execution is a perfect example of the new experimental waters music is moving into.

For more information on Franz Ferdinand and to buy tickets to their upcoming tour dates visit

Rating: 5/5

Listen: Franz Ferdinand Always Ascending

Franz Ferdinand World Tour Dates

02-10 Galway, Ireland – Leisureland
02-11 Dublin, Ireland – Olympia Theatre
02-13 Manchester, England – Royal Albert Hall
02-14 Nottingham, England – Rock City
02-16 Newcastle, England – O2 Academy
02-17 Glasgow, Scotland – O2 Academy
02-19 Leeds, England – O2 Academy
02-20 Birmingham, England – O2 Academy
02-21 Bristol, England – O2 Academy
02-23 Cambridge, England – Corn Exchange
02-24 London, England – O2 Brixton Academy
02-25 Brighton, England – Dome
02-27 Paris, France – La Zénith
02-28 Brussels, Belgium – Forest National
03-01 Hamburg, Germany – Mehr! Theater
03-03 Utrecht, Netherlands – Tivoli Vrendenburg
03-04 Groningen, Netherlands – De Oosterpoort
03-05 Cologne, Germany – Palladium
03-07 Berlin, Germany – Tempodrom
03-08 Warsaw, Poland – Stodola
03-09 Prague, Czech Republic – Forum Karlin
03-11 Zurich, Switzerland – Halle 622
03-12 Munich, Germany – Tonhalle
03-13 Vienna, Austria – Gasometer
03-15 Bologna, Italy – Unipol Arena
03-17 Madrid, Spain – La Riviera
03-19 Toulouse, France – Zenith
03-20 Montpellier, France – Zenith Sud
03-21 Lyon, France – Amphi 3000
03-23 Rennes, France – Liberte
03-24 Caen, France – Zenith
04-08 Toronto, Ontario – Rebel
04-10 Boston, MA – House of Blues
04-11 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
04-13 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
04-16 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
04-27 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
04-28 Kansas City, MO – The Truman
04-30 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
05-02 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
05-07 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
05-08 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
05-11 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
05-13 San Diego, CA – North Park at the Observatory
05-15 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
05-17 Oakland, CA – The Fox Theatre

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