Franz Ferdinand have announced a new album, and made a lead track, ‘Always Ascending’, available

Also entitled ‘Always Ascending’, the band’s fifth album will be released by Domino on 9th February next year.

The new material is the first since the band became a five piece, founding member Nick McCarthy being replaced by both Justin ‘Miaoux Miaoux’ Corrie, and former 1990s guitarist Dino Bardot.

The album was recorded at RAK Studios, London and Motorbass in Paris, with the help of French producer Philippe Zdar, who has previously worked with the likes of Cassius, Phoenix and The Beastie Boys.

The album tracklisting is as follows:
1. Always Ascending
2. Lazy Boy
3. Paper Cages
4. Finally
5. The Academy Award
6. Lois Lane
7. Huck And Jim
8. Glimpse Of Love
9. Feel The Love Go
10. Slow Don’t Kill Me Slow

The band have also announced a tour coinciding with the release, including one Scottish show at the O2 Academy on February 17th – tickets go on sale on November 3rd.

Monday 4 December Seattle, WA Showbox Market
Tuesday 5 December Vancouver, BC Commodore (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday 6 December Vancouver, BC Commodore
Thursday 7 December Portland, OR Theater of the Clouds (947FM Portland DEC2REM)
Saturday 9 December Pomona, CA The Glass House
Sunday 10 December Los Angeles, CA The Forum (KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas) (SOLD OUT)
Thursday 25 January Tokyo, Japan Shinkiba Studio Coast
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 O2 Academy*
Saturday 17 February Glasgow O2 Academy*
Monday 19 February Leeds O2 Academy*
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Friday 23 February Cambridge Corn Exchange
Saturday 24 February London O2 Academy Brixton*
Sunday 25 February Brighton Dome
Tuesday 27 February Paris, France Zenith
Wednesday 28 February Brussels, Belgium Forest National
Thursday 1 March Hamburg, Germany Mehr! Theater
Saturday 3 March Utrecht, Netherlands TivoliVrendenburg
Sunday 4 March Groningen, Nlands De Oosterpoort
Monday 5 March Cologne, Germany Palladium
Wednesday 7 March Berlin, Germany Tempodrom
Thursday 8 March Warsaw, Poland Stodola
Friday 9 March Prague, Czech Rep. Forum Karlin
Sunday 11 March Zurich, Switzerland Halle 622
Monday 12 March Munich, Germany Tonhalle
Tuesday 13 March Vienna, Austria Gasometer
Thursday 15 March Bologna, Italy Unipol Arena
Saturday 17 March Madrid, Spain La Riviera
Monday 19 March Toulouse, France Zenith
Tuesday 20 March Montpellier, France Zenith Sud
Wednesday 21 March Lyon, France Amphi 3000
Friday 23 March Rennes, France Liberte
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Tuesday 10 April Boston, MA House of Blues
Wednesday 11 April Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Friday 13 April Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore
Monday 16 April Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Steel
Friday 27 April Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Saturday 28 April Kansas City, MO The Truman
Monday 30 April Milwaukee, WI The Rave
Wednesday 2 May St. Louis, MO The Pageant
Monday 7 May Dallas, TX House of Blues
Tuesday 8 May Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall
Friday 11 May Phoenix, AZ The Van Buren
Sunday 13 May San Diego, CA North Park @ The Observatory
Tuesday 15 May Los Angeles, CA The Wilter
Thursday 17 May Oakland, CA The Fox Theatre

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