Friday, April 27th will be a super exciting night for those who were lucky enough to snag tickets for Franz Ferdinand’s sold-out show at First Avenue. With far too many hit songs to list, Fran Ferdinand has been a force for years and, with an energetic live show, this is definitely going to be a highlight of the week. Glasgow’s art-damaged rock quartet Franz Ferdinand — named for the Austro-Hungarian Archduke whose murder sparked World War I — features bassist Bob Hardy, drummer Paul Thomson, and singer/guitarist Alex Kapranos.
Franz Ferdinand have a new album: Always Ascending, which came out February 9, 2018 via Domino. The band’s fifth studio LP, it follows 2013’s Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action and the 2015 collaborative album FFS. Franz Ferdinand recorded Always Ascending with producer Philippe Zdar, who’s worked with Cassius, Phoenix, and the Beastie Boys, among others. It’s the band’s first LP with their new lineup: Earlier this year, they added Julian Corrie (keyboards, guitar) and Dino Bardot (guitar), who join original members Kapranos, Hardy, and Thomson. Nick McCarthy left the group in 2016.
Priests will be opening the night up. Nothing Feels Natural is the first full-length by Washington, D.C.’s Priests. Recorded in the fall of 2016, the record is the culmination of two years’ writing, touring, tweaking, and refining. Throughout that time the band has carved out an existence on its own terms, performing mostly all-ages shows booked via a network of like-minded artists both within and outside punk communities.
Tickets are sold out. You know what they say– you snooze you lose!
Remaining Tour Dates:
April 27 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
April 28 – Kansas City, MO – The Truman
April 30 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
May 2 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
May 7 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
May 8 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
May 11 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
May 13 – San Diego, CA – North Park – The Observatory
May 15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
May 17 – Oakland, CA – The Fox Theatre