Franz Ferdinand coming to Forum Karlín

The Scottish band has a new lineup and a new album, Always Ascending

Scottish band Franz Ferdinand is coming to Forum Karlín on March 9, which will be exactly one month after the release of their long-anticipated album Always Ascending.

It is the band’s first album since 2013’s Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. There was also a collaborative album called FFS made with the band Sparks, which was released in 2015.

In the upcoming Prague show, Franz Ferdinand will be playing new material alongside selections from their earlier work.

The band has more news. Franz Ferdinand now has five members. Three have been with the band since 2002: lead vocalist and guitarist Alex Kapranos, bassist Bob Hardy and percussionist Paul Thomson. They are now joined by guitarist Dino Bardot and keyboard player Julian Corrie. Longtime member Nick McCarthy left in 2017 due to family reasons.

Julian Corrie is better known by his stage name Miaoux Miaoux, On his solo recordings, he played all of the instruments.

Dino Bardot was a member of the Glasgow band 1990s, which released two albums on the Rough Trade label.

Franz Ferdinand’s new album is billed as a rebirth and triumphal return of one of the most popular Scottish bands. It is filled with new ideas and great musical experiments.

“We wanted this to sound like nothing we made before,” the band said.

The first single from the album is also called “Always Ascending.” “The song … was inspired by a historic event that happened to some people and they ended up literally ascending and leaving the earth,” band frontman Kapranos said on Facebook.

The second single from the new album, “Feel The Love Go,” has also just been released.

The album was produced by Philippe Zdar, who has worked with Cassius, Phoenix and the Beastie Boys.

“Philippe is someone we’d wanted to work with for a long time. Last time we spoke, he was recording the Beastie Boys. I asked [Domino label head] Laurence [Bell] and [manager] Cerne [Cannning] to put us in touch and they said ‘Oh, he’s a bit of an enigma. No one can trace him. Maybe he’s in Ibiza. Maybe Paris. We don’t know.’ Then I remembered I still had his number, so I texted him and said ‘I’ve always thought we could make a truly great LP together’ and he replied straight back and said ‘Yes! Let’s do it!’” Kapranos said in a press release.

“We loved working with Philippe. He understands that what is essential is the emotion: the emotion that inspired the song and the emotion that the song inspires you on hearing it. It’s all that matters. Everything comes from that: the sound, performance, tempo, instrumentation, how far you stand from the mic… everything,” he added.

The album was mixed at Philippe’s Motorbass studio in Paris, recorded in a couple of weeks at RAK Studios in London and written over the preceding year somewhere in the west of Scotland, according to the band.

“We all lived in the one place together. Us and the dog. It’s remote and that’s what we needed. We weren’t just writing an LP. We were creating a band. A sound. A universe. We started from zero: no expectations. It was liberating. From zero, we created this new universe to inhabit: nebulous at first, gradually taking form, until it felt like it had always existed," Kapranos said.

The name of the band was inspired by a racehorse called Archduke Ferdinand. After seeing the horse win a race in 2001, the members thought the name Franz Ferdinand would be a good because of the sound as well as the historical connections.

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