For a band that’s been going since 2002, Franz Ferdinand have always been prominent figures in the music scene. 2004 saw the release of iconic ‘Take Me Out’, with 2009 welcoming ‘No You Girls’.
After a three-year gap after the release of album ‘FFS’, Franz Ferdinand are back with upcoming record, ‘Always Ascending’. Set to be released on February 9th, the album has already given us 2 singles: ‘Always Ascending’ and more recently, ‘Feel The Love Go’ – and it’s safe to say they’re just as powerful as previous singles.
2018 brings not only an album for the band but a worldwide tour that hits the UK this month. With a bunch of festivals thrown into the mix as well, this year is set to be a busy one for the band.
Samantha Hall spoke to drummer, Paul Thomson, to find out more about playing Newcastle’s 02 Academy, the album and their future plans.
Are you looking forward to playing in Newcastle?
Yes, I’m really looking forward to the Newcastle date. I’ve got a lot of family in Newcastle as well, South Shields, so there’s that connection.
What’s your favourite thing about the city?
There’s always been a pretty healthy underground scene in Newcastle. But the North East is generally pretty amazing – historically for music, and even now as well.
Should we expect the rest of the album to sound like ‘Feel the Love Go’?
No, not particularly. It’s a fairly eclectic selection of songs with different tempos and different themes going on. It kind of goes all over the place – it’s a diverse release.
Which artists have influenced you when writing the album?
I wouldn’t say so much that artists have. When we’re making music and creating something, there’s a wide range of things that go into the can and then what comes out is the end result. I guess you’re just so focused on what you’re doing that it can be anything that you’re experiencing there and then and that influences the music in one way or another. Whether it’s the music that you listen to, the films you watch, the TV you’re watching or what you’re eating you know – it’s all about your surroundings. We wrote it over the course of like a year so I guess where we were over the four seasons kind of influences it as well.
Have you planned to release any more singles?
I think so, yeah. I’m certainly not entirely sure what at this day and age but we’ll certainly be dropping more songs ahead of the release of the record this month.
You’re playing TRNSMT in Glasgow this summer. Out of the artists already announced, who are you most excited to see play there?
CHVRCHES are on after us as and I quite like them. I get along well with them as well. I mean, hopefully, they’ll get some smaller bands as well, like underground bands. There’s a lot going on in Glasgow so a festival like TRNSMT is an ideal opportunity for the promoters to get behind what’s happening in Glasgow at the moment.
Besides touring and obviously the album, what else can we expect from the band this year?
Yeah, a lot of touring. And we’re kind of going to start getting on with another record as well. The band’s feeling really good at the moment and the vibe is good so we’ll strike it now while we’re in a good and positive state of mind.
Franz Ferdinand play the 02 Academy, Newcastle on Friday 16th February. Tickets, priced at £30.80 in advance (including booking fee), are available to purchase now at seetickets.com.