Franz Ferdinand debut new songs at secret gig

Seven new tracks get an airing at surprise Glasgow show

Franz Ferdinand played a secret gig in the basement of Glasgow‘s Admiral Bar last night (April 2).

Originally billed to appear as DJ support to experimental rockers Please, the quartet ended up playing in the headline slot.

Their half-hour set featured seven unreleased songs, four of which – ‘Lucid Dreams’, ‘Send Him Away’, ‘Bite Hard’ and ‘What She Came For’ – have never previously been performed live.


The song ‘Ulysses’ was previously used as part of a London sound art exhibition by the Albanian artist Anri Sala, while ‘A New Thrill’ and ‘Katherine Kiss Me’ have previously been heard in the band’s live set.

It has been rumoured that ‘What She Came For’ will be the lead single from the group’s as-yet-untitled third album, the follow-up to 2005’s ‘You Could Have It So Much Better’.

Speaking to NME.COM after the set, drummer Paul Thomson explained: “The new album’s been going alright, we’re about halfway through. Everything’s written, but we’re giving ourselves a bit of time in case something comes up at the last minute – that’s how ’40 Ft’ and ‘The Outsiders’ were written.

“The last record was a bit rushed, we got straight off the tour bus and locked ourselves in the studio, and I think that’s reflected in the furious tempo. This record will be a bit more easy going, I think.”

Franz Ferdinand played:

‘Lucid Dreams’


‘Send Him Away’

‘A New Thrill’

‘Katherine Kiss Me’

‘Bite Hard’

‘What She Came For’