Watch Franz Ferdinand storm Jimmy Fallon with ‘Always Ascending’ performance

Their new album arrives next month

Franz Ferdinand appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday (January 17) to perform a cut from their new album.

The band treated the late night audience to ‘Always Ascending’ – the title track from their forthcoming album.

‘Always Ascending’ is the follow-up to 2013’s ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action’ and is the band’s first record since guitarist Nick McCarthy left the group after 14 years back in July 2016. You can watch the performance below.

Speaking to NME last October, frontman Alex Kapranos described his band’s new album as “the perfect introduction to the decade that’s about to come”.

“We wanted to take the sounds that are available to us now and make the sound that you haven’t heard before – the sound of the future,” Kapranos explained. “When you’re recording in 2017 you need to be looking ahead to the next thing. What haven’t people even heard in 2018?”

The tracklisting for ‘Always Ascending’ is:

Always Ascending
Lazy Boy
Paper Cages
The Academy Award
Lois Lane
Huck And Jim
Glimpse Of Love
Feel The Love Go
Slow Don’t Kill Me Slow

It’s set to be released on February 9.

Franz Ferdinand tour and tickets

The band’s upcoming UK and Ireland tour dates are below, where they’ll be supported by Albert Hammond Jr. The dates include a special VO5 NME Awards 2018 show at the O2 Academy Brixton on Saturday February 24. Tickets are available here.

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