Franz Ferdinand showcase new songs at tiny pub gig

Band preview album number three at intimate London show

Franz Ferdinand played a gig in a London pub last night (June 9), previewing a host of new songs.

The Glasgow band played a late night show at the MacBeth in the east end in front of a sell out crowd of just 150.

Taking the stage at about 11.50pm (BST), Alex Kapranos greeted the crowd with a simple “alright” before strumming the opening of ‘Jacqueline’.

“Nice to be off our holidays and seeing you all,” declared the frontman at the end of the track, before immediately showcasing the first of several new songs (many still with working titles) ‘Send Him Away’.

Fellow new track, the aggressive-sounding ‘A New Thrill’, followed quickly as the four-piece used the gig to showcase their work in the studio so far, including the hip-swinging ‘Kathryn Kiss Me’ which proved immediately popular with the sweaty crowd.

“God, it feels ages since we’ve done a gig down here!” declared Kapranos after ‘Dark Of The Matinee’, before diving into another new song, the evil-electro song ‘Ulysses’ which saw the synths taking the lead.

It was followed by the violent, disco-sounding ‘What She Came For’.

Disappearing off stage, Franz Ferdinand quickly returned for a brief encore starting with a psychedelic, keyboard-led version of ‘Outsiders’.

The driving dancefloor-friendly ‘Turn It On’ then concluded the evening’s showcase of new songs as they wrapped up the show.

Franz Ferdinand played:


‘Send Him Away’

‘Tell Her Tonight’

‘A New Thrill’

‘Kathryn Kiss Me’

‘Dark Of The Matinee’


‘What She Came For’


‘Turn It On’