Watch Franz Ferdinand air new song ‘Paper Cages’ while trolling Theresa May

Drummer Paul Thomas wore an NHS t-shirt

This weekend saw Franz Ferdinand perform on the Andrew Marr show to debut new song ‘Paper Cages’ while also taking a dig at fellow guest Prime Minister Theresa May.

While airing a new track from upcoming album ‘Always Ascending‘, drummer Paul Thomson wore a t-shirt emblazoned with the NHS logo. May also appeared on the show, where she came under fire for cuts to services and recent headlines about long waiting times for ambulances and other health services.

During their interview, Marr himself told the PM: “If I’d been waiting for five hours before I’d seen a doctor after my stroke I would not be here talking to you.”


The band, who are often vocally critical of the Conservative Party on social media, then took to Twitter to respond to criticism from viewers.

After one viewer shared a still from the show with the caption “the cultural elite is wedded to the past”, frontman Alex Kapranos replied: “Ooh, how exciting! I wonder how long we’ve been part of the ‘cultural elite’ for? Also, if the NHS is ‘the past’, I wonder what hellish replacement the future holds?”

Thomson himself also took to Twitter where he shared various Tweets from critics of their performance, as well as mock the notion that he was a “politicised celebrity”.


Franz Ferdinand, 2017
Franz Ferdinand, 2017

Speaking to NME about recent inspiration and political events such as Donald Trump’s presidency, Kapranos said: “What’s been quite interesting and mortifying is how the comical side has been completely overshadowed by the dark horror of the true situation. There’s absurdity and perversity, but it’s not amusing at all. Reality is so absurd, you can’t make it up. It’s so self-serving and cruel.

“You see it reflected in our own country as well. It’s a truly repulsive time.”

As for Brexit, he added: “I remember I was in Italy at the time of the vote. I travelled home a few days later and the security guard at the airport just went ‘what have you done?’ I felt kind of embarrassed, but had to say ‘it wasn’t me!’ How can you explain it? How could we have been so stupid?”

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