Hear Franz Ferdinand's Well-Timed 'Love Illumination' and 'Right Action'

Scottish quartet sounds refreshed, vital on new songs

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Chris Martins

Michaels of the world rejoice — Franz Ferdinand are dancing again. The Glaswegian post-punk posse are prepping their fourth full-length at last. Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action will be released on August 27 via Domino Records, and the first two tastes of the thing are available to stream now. Above you'll find "Love Illumination," an angular and crunchy groover that balances high-minded thought against visceral action (the FF M.O., essentially). In light of yesterday's big news, lyrics about finding "love elevation" in a "brave new world" feel perfectly timed. And below we have "Right Action," a disco-kissed track that seems to pull equally from the Talking Heads and the DFA Records stable. The war-whoops, hyperactive guitar, and blaring horns make the semi-titular track a very, very promising sign of what's to come. Get a feel for Franz Ferdinand's new material live as well, and check the forthcoming dates below.

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Franz Ferdinand tour dates:

August 9 - Krakow, Poland @ Coke Live Festival
August 11 - Budapest, Hungary @ Sziget
August 15-17 - Hasselt-Kiewit, Belgium @ Pukkelpop
August 15-17 - St. Poelten, Austria @ Frequency Festival
August 16-18 - Biddinghuizen, Netherlands @ Lowlands
August 16-18 - Hockenheim, Germany @ Rock'n'Heim
August 23 - Saint-Cloud, France @ Rock en Seine
August 24 - Lausanne, Switzerland @ For Noise Festival
August 30 - September 01 Stradbally, Ireland @ Electric Picnic
August 30 - Zurich, Switzerland @ Zurich Openair
September 5-8 - Newport, Isle of Wight @ Bestival
September 10 - Magaluf, Spain @ Mallorca Rocks
September 11 - Sant Antoni de Portmany, Ibiza @ Ibiza Rocks
September 14 - Madrid, Spain @ DCode Festival
October 4 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
October 5 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
October 6 - Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
October 8 - Lawrence, KS @ The Granada
October 9 - Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater
October 10 - Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
October 11-13 - Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
October 15 - Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
October 16 - Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion
October 17 - North Bethesda, MD @ Music Center at Strathmore
October 19 - Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre
October 20 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
October 22 - New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
October 23 - Montreal, Quebec @ Metropolis
October 23 - Toronto, Ontario @ Kool Haus
November 19 - Toyko, Japan @ Zepp Tokyo
November 20 - Toyko, Japan @ Zepp Tokyo
November 22 - Osaka, Japan @ Zepp Osaka

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