Indie rock legends, Franz Ferdinand have emerged back into relevance, and are touring the globe with their new album Always Ascending. Best known for their noughties hits such as Take Me Out, The Matinee and Do You Want To, frontman Alex Kaprano asserted the band’s desire to create something “very different” to anything they’d made before – which they’ve certainly done with their retro, electro concept. While retaining their iconic basslines and rocky, head-banger style, the new synthesisers and harmonies give their trademark dance tracks a cool, 80’s edge. With the influence of two new members Julian Corrie and Dino Bardot, the band have demonstrated their continual evolution and revitalisation through such striking new concepts, while still maintaining the Franz Ferdinand style we know and love.
Supporting Franz Ferdinand on their upcoming tour is Albert Hammond Jr, who has proven an indie-rock sensation since his solo debut in 2006 with Yours To Keep, with many reviewers praising his solo-work over that of his lead band, The Strokes. His upcoming album, Francis Trouble, promises powerful guitar riffs and an electric rhythm, yet the albums’ inspiration of the stillborn death of his brother hints at the emotive, personal intricacies behind his pop hits. Known for his excellent stage presence and incredible musical talent, Hammond will undoubtedly enliven the crowd.
The tour itself began earlier this month and continues almost daily to work its way across the country. The bands are then embarking on a tour across Europe, followed by an extensive set of dates around Canada, the United States, and Mexico. In June, Franz Ferdinand return for their final dates in a selection of Festivals across Europe, including the Hurricane Festival in Germany, the Vida Festival and Spain and the TRNSMT festival in their hometown Glasgow.
As both indie rock artists take on an electronic style in their new works, they’re sure to provide an exhilarating and energetic dynamic on stage at the Bristol O2 Academy on Wednesday, 21 February.
– by Eleanor-Rose Gordon