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An Interview With Franz Ferdinand

By Will Oliver, February 9th 2018

Scottish indie dance-rockers Franz Ferdinand have recently gone through some internal changes since their last record, but they’re back with a new lease on life with their new album Always Ascending, released today via Domino Records.

Last month I had the honor of meeting up with the band’s Alex Kapranos (vocals and guitar) and Paul Thomson (drums and vocals) at Domino Records in Brooklyn to discuss the new album, their new look and just how they’re kept being so damn cool after all these years. And bassist Bob Hardy even popped in to join the portrait following the talk. This was as engaging and entertaining of a chat that I’ve had with any band in my short time doing interviews and I am excited to share our conversation with you guys below.
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Franz Ferdinand at Warsaw (June 6, 2017)

By Will Oliver, June 19th 2017

It seems like everyday I read a new think-piece or drab facebook status about how rock is dead. Yet, half of the reason I’m still going with this here blog and life in general is because of getting to see rock bands like Franz Ferdinand put on great rock shows that prove that the genre is anything but dead.

On June 6 they performed to a sold out crowd at Warsaw, as a part of an intimate Governors Ball after dark performance, just one day after performing at the festival.

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Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand have released a cool video for “Fresh Strawberries” that features a different version of the song with some added female vocals backing up the track. It works well, and is a nice addition the track. The video is shot in black and white and is directed by Margarita Louca. It’s posted below.

After it comes another video, but a much stranger one for the b-side of the “Fresh Strawberries” single. It’s for “Erdbeer Mund” which is sung in German. Anna McCarthy (sister of the band’s Nick McCarthy) directed that one.
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[music video]: Franz Ferdinand – Bullet

By Will Oliver, November 21st 2013

Franz Ferdinand - Bullet (Music Video)

Franz Ferdinand, who played a great show at Hammerstein Ballroom last month, have released another video from their slightly underrated new album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. It’s for one of the album’s highlights, “Bullet.”

The video, shot in black and white, shows the band rocking out with the camera zooming in and around them while they play the song. Quick and effectively to the point, just like the song. Awesome stuff. Find it below.
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Franz Ferdinand @ Hammerstein Ballroom (October 22, 2013)

By Will Oliver, October 23rd 2013 — with 1 comment


It feels like forever ago since I saw Franz Ferdinand play a surprise show at Glasslands during their album listening party. Now their somewhat underappreciated new album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action has been out since late August, giving these songs more time to become seasoned in my head.

Boy, did the songs sound glorious. The first half of Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action is just perfectly executed guitar rock bliss. There’s not a shortcoming in sight. Quite simply, these songs just shine live. “Bullet” kicked off the show like a bullet train sprinting towards its destination, which merged right into the now classic “The Dark Of The Matinée.” The other new tracks, such as “Evil Eye”, “Stand On The Horizon”, “Love Illumination”, and “Right Action” are just so tight live, its impossible not to break out some moves while they’re playing.

Over the course of 4 albums, Franz Ferdinand have consistently been able to create sharp songs that will make you dance. You can’t argue with performances of “Outsiders”, “Ulysses”, “Michael”, “The Fallen”, “This Fire”, and of course, “Take Me Out.” The latter which still stands as one of the great modern rock songs of our time. Watching how people react to the song, to this day, leaves me in awe.

Franz Ferdinand have an electric energy live that is genuine. Looking at them play, you can tell they’re having just as much fun as we are watching. This passes along good vibes, which truly do make all of the difference. As a fan of the band, I was amazingly impressed with the setlist, and how great they sounded last night. They’ve still got plenty left to offer us.

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[watch]: Franz Ferdinand Play At Glasslands

By Will Oliver, August 12th 2013

Seeing Franz Ferdinand play at the more than intimate Brooklyn space Glasslands was definitely a highlight last month. It was one of my most memorable shows of the summer so far, and it looks like Pitchfork thought so too. They were there and recorded bits of the show as well as interviews with the band, all a part of their +1 video series.

It’s cool to get to re-live a part of the show in such good quality. Even if you weren’t there, it’s worth checking out. Find the video posted below.
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[music video]: Franz Ferdinand – Love Illumination

By Will Oliver, July 27th 2013 — with 1 comment

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Earlier in this week I was treated to surprise performance from Franz Ferdinand at Glasslands. One of the highlights was the super sharp “Love Illumination”, which the band just released a equally sharp video for. The band are dressed up either in classy fashion or in costume. It’s a bit wacky, but totally cool in a Franz Ferdinand way. It was directed by Tim Saccenti.

Check it out below.
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Franz Ferdinand @ Glasslands Gallery (July 23, 2013)

By Will Oliver, July 24th 2013 — with 1 comment


I expected to go to Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn tonight to attend the listening party for Franz Ferdinand’s new album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. Since they played a show for David Letterman last night, a part of me wondered if they would possibly play tonight as well. But the thought of them playing inside the tiny little venue Glasslands, with a capacity of around 200, seemed silly. So, I pushed that thought far away into the back of my head.
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