Franz Ferdinand are welcomed into the Late Night Tales family with a diverse 20 track selection of musical influences, inspirations, diversions and discoveries.
The quartet have released four studio albums including their 2004 self¬titled debut album, which went gold just about anywhere with a record store, as well as nabbing the Mercury Music Prize and a pair of Brits for Best British Group and Best British Rock Act. They've subsequently gone on to release You Could Have It So Much Better, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand and last year's Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action.
Announcing itself with Franz Ferdinand's own exclusive cover version of the hugely collectible 'Leaving My Old Life Behind', originally performed byJonathan Halper, (which appeared on the cult Kenneth Anger movie Puce Moment), their Late Night Tales mix flows between dark and light, introspection and affection, dancing and horizontal appreciation.
Hear them join the dots between Can, Serge Gainsbourg and The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, Sandy´s Nelson´s percussion work¬out ´Let There Be Drums´, the irrepressible Ian Dury, funky sensations Zapp and theDisco Dub Band and sonic explorer Lee 'Scratch' Perry.
Record collectors will note the inclusion of Carrie Cleveland´s rare, home produced Northern Soul anthem ´Love Will Set You Free´ ¬ the LP attracts sales of £300+.
Also included are a set of waywardly brilliant cover versions: Justus Köhncke's dizzy interpretation of Neil Young's 'Old Man' and R. Stevie Moore´s 'I'm Only Sleeping´. It wouldn't be right for Franz Ferdinand to produce a mix such as this without a nod to the country that brought them together, so Glasgow's Life Without Buildings, whose uplifting 'New Town' appears alongside 'Reach For The Dead' by Boards Of Canada.
As they leave us wondering and wandering with American Spring's Brian Wilson¬produced 'Sweet Mountain', we take leave of our senses and suitcases on this tour bus of your mind. We've visited soul, funk, reggae, pop, Krautrock and others besides, but before we depart, Franz frontman Alex Kapranos provides a final farewell with the self penned story ´Defibrillator´.
FRANZ FERDINAND SOUTH AMERICA TOUR DATES
24th Sep 2014 La Trastienda Club, Montevideo
26th Sep 2014 Complejo Al Rio, Buenos Aires
28th Sep 2014 Movistar Arena, Santiago
30th Sep 2014 Espaco das Americas, Sao Paulo
02nd Oct 2014 Vivo Rio, Rio De Janeiro
04th Oct 2014 Club El Rodeo, Medellin
05th Oct 2014 Royal Center, Bogota