Franz Ferdinand have returned. The arch Scottish rock band will release a new album called Always Ascending on February 9th next year on long -standing label Domino. It’ll be their first in five years since Right Thoughts, 2013’s Right Words, Right Action.

The band have also announced an extensive world tour with two Irish dates in Dublin and Galway on 10th February Leisureland, Galway and 11th February Olympia, Dublin. Tickets for shows in Ireland, UK and Europe will be available to purchase from 9am on Friday the 3rd of November, Japan from the 11th of November and US and Canada from 10am local time October 27th. More information can be found on the band’s website:

‘Always Ascending’ is the album’s first taster, which has the old Franz Ferdinand style updated with some psychedelic electronic touches. Perhaps that’s the fault of producer extraordinaire Philippe Zdar (Cassius, Phoenix). The album was recorded at RAK Studios, London and Motorbass in Paris.

You can get a preview of the band’s album tonight at 8.30pm when they broadcast some new songs live from Paris’s Point Ephémère on the Franz Ferdinand Facebook page from 8.30pm BST tonight, Wednesday October 25, during which the band will preview a selection of their new recordings.

Franz Ferdinand Tour Dates

Thursday 25 January Tokyo, Japan Shinkiba Studio Coast

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

Thursday 1 March Hamburg, Germany Mehr! Theater
Saturday 3 March Utrecht, Netherlands TivoliVrendenburg
Sunday 4 March Groningen, Nlands De Oosterpoort
Monday 5 March Cologne, Germany Palladium
Wednesday 7 March Berlin, Germany Tempodrom
Thursday 8 March Warsaw, Poland Stodola
Friday 9 March Prague, Czech Rep. Forum Karlin
Sunday 11 March Zurich, Switzerland Halle 622
Monday 12 March Munich, Germany Tonhalle
Tuesday 13 March Vienna, Austria Gasometer
Thursday 15 March Bologna, Italy Unipol Arena
Saturday 17 March Madrid, Spain La Riviera
Monday 19 March Toulouse, France Zenith
Tuesday 20 March Montpellier, France Zenith Sud
Wednesday 21 March Lyon, France Amphi 3000
Friday 23 March Rennes, France Liberte
Saturday 24 March Caen, France Zenith

Sunday 8 April Toronto, ON Rebel
Tuesday 10 April Boston, MA House of Blues
Wednesday 11 April Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Friday 13 April Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore
Monday 16 April Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Steel
Friday 27 April Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Saturday 28 April Kansas City, MO The Truman
Monday 30 April Milwaukee, WI The Rave

Wednesday 2 May St. Louis, MO The Pageant
Monday 7 May Dallas, TX House of Blues
Tuesday 8 May Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall
Friday 11 May Phoenix, AZ The Van Buren
Sunday 13 May San Diego, CA North Park @ The Observatory
Tuesday 15 May Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
Thursday 17 May Oakland, CA The Fox Theatre

The tracklisting for Always Ascending Tracklist

1. Always Ascending
2. Lazy Boy
3. Paper Cages
4. Finally
5. The Academy Award
6. Lois Lane
7. Huck And Jim
8. Glimpse Of Love
9. Feel The Love Go
10. Slow Don’t Kill Me Slow