Franz Ferdinand have unveiled their new video to ‘Always Ascending’, the first track to be taken from their forthcoming album of the same name which is being released by Domino on Friday the 9th of February.

The hypnotically-charged video, shot in Paris, was directed by acclaimed French directors AB / CD / CD Talking about the video, Alex Kapranos said: “We’re happy to now be Always Ascending on the screen, with ABCDCD capturing the mood of the song and likenesses of the band in perfect detail.

“This is pretty much a typical Sunday afternoon round at Franz Ferdinand’s flat.”

The band recently announced ‘Always Ascending’, their fifth album which was recorded at RAK Studios, London and Motorbass in Paris, with the help of French producer extraordinaire Philippe Zdar.

Finally, having recently marked the launch of ‘Always Ascending’ with a live streamed launch event at Paris’s Point Ephémère, which was broadcast on the Franz Ferdinand Facebook page, the band have announced at ‘Banquet New Slang’ show at the Kingston Hippodrome on the eve of the album, February 8th.

The band are also announced their forthcoming tour dates recently, including a show at London’s 02 Brixton Academy on Saturday the 24th of February, The band will be joined on the UK leg of the tour by Albert Hammond Jr. full worldwide dates are as follows:

DECEMBER

05 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore (SOLD OUT)
06 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore
07 – Portland, OR – Theater of the Clouds (947FM Portland DEC2REM)
09 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House
10 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum (KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas) (SOLD OUT)

JANUARY

25 – Tokyo, Japan – Shinkiba Studio Coast

FEBRUARY

10 – Galway, Ireland – Leisureland
11 – Dublin, Ireland -Olympia Theatre
13 – Manchester, Albert Hall
14 – Nottingham, Rock City
16 – Newcastle, 02 Academy
17 – Glasgow, 02 Academy
19 – Leeds, 02 Academy
20 – Birmingham, 02 Academy
21 – Bristol, 02 Academy
23 – Cambridge, Corn Exchange
24 – London, 02 Brixton Academy
25 – Brighton, Dome
27 – Paris, France – Zenith
28 – Brussels, Belgium – Forest National

MARCH

01 – Hamburg, Germany – Mehr! Theater
03 – Utrecht, Netherlands – TivoliVrendenburg
04 – Groningen, Nlands – De Oosterpoort
05 – Cologne, Germany – Palladium
07 – Berlin, Germany – Tempodrom
08 – Warsaw, Poland – Stodola
09 – Prague, Czech Rep. – Forum Karlin
11 – Zurich, Switzerland – Halle 622
12 – Munich, Germany – Tonhalle
13 – Vienna, Austria – Gasometer
15 – Bologna, Italy – Unipol Arena
17 – Madrid, Spain – La Riviera
19 – Toulouse, France – Zenith
20 – Montpellier, France – Zenith Sud
21 – Lyon, France – Amphi 3000
23 – Rennes, France – Liberte
24 – Caen, France – Zenith

APRIL

08 – Toronto, ON – Rebel
10 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
11 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
13 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
16 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
27 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
28 – Kansas City, MO – The Truman
30 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave

MAY

02 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
07 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
08 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
11 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
13 – San Diego, CA – North Park @ The Observatory
15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
17 – Oakland, CA – The Fox Theatre

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