The past seven days have seen a lot of bands mend fences to return to the stage. Proto-power rockers At The Drive In are back with new music and shows.
Rock legends Soundgarden are also banging the big drum again.
Alternative-couture rock’s Fran Ferdinand may not have the aggression of the before mentioned acts but they possess a certain style that has cemented their legacy.
The center of their current action is New York’s Governor’s Ball. Apparently, additional dates were put together to make that outing worthwhile.
Since the departure of guitarist/keyboardist Nick McCarthy, FF has only dropped one new song in “Demagogue.”
When losing a founding member such as McCarthy, things tend to get ugly. FF handled it with grace according to their press statement.
“We’d love to be able to say this is a result of personal or musical differences, but it’s not. Those differences are what we formed the band around in the first place.”
McCarthy has family commitments and may rejoin the fold but in the meantime there was music to make and “Demagogue” sent he right message at the right time.
The funky new-wave inspired number is far from a departure but none the less, it feels as inspired as ever.
As it stands, the band will busy until the fall.
Stream: Franz Ferdinand “Demagogue” On Spotify
Franz Ferdinand On Tour
05-21 Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Music Festival
05-22 Nashville, TN – Exit/In
05-23 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
05-25 Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
05-26 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
05-27 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
05-28 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
05-30 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
05-31 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
06-02 Toronto, Ontario – Danforth Music Hall
06-03 Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis
06-04 New York, NY – Governor’s Ball
06-07 New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall
06-08 Northampton, MA – Pearl Street
06-11 Oceanside, CA – Oceanside Pier Amphitheater
06-12 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater
06-14 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live!
06-15 Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater
06-16 Dover, DE – Firefly Music Festival
07-21-23 The Lake District, England – Kendal Calling
07-28-30 Benidorm, Spain – Low Festival
08-03-05 Luhmühlen, Germany – A Summer’s Tale
08-05 Inverness-shire, Scotland – Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival
08-26 Charleville Mezieres, France – Cabaret Vert
08-27 Portsmouth, England – Victorious Festival
08-29 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
08-30 Antwerp, Belgium – Rivierenhof