NEW MUSIC: FRANZ FERDINAND | BILLY GOODBYE + ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM
Franz Ferdinand has announced "Hits to the Head," a 20-song greatest hits compilation. It’s out March 11 via Domino alongside a brand new track, "Billy Goodbye." The new song finds Franz Ferdinand firmly in their wheelhouse, blending grin-inducing power pop with some clever art-rock flourishes. It arrives with a black-and-white video — directed by Diane Martel, Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos, and Ben Cole — that captures Franz Ferdinand delivering a lively performance of the song as they and their friends joyously bounce around a studio space. “Billy Goodbye” is one of two new songs that will appear on "Hits to the Head," along with “Curious.” Kapranos and keyboardist-guitarist Julian Corrie produced the tracks with artist-producer Stuart Price (Dua Lipa, Madonna, the Killers, and many others). Franz Ferdinand also recently announced that they’d parted ways with their former drummer Paul Thomson. The band’s last studio album, "Always Ascending," came out in 2018. "Hits to the Head," which will otherwise feature Franz Ferdinand’s biggest tracks, will be released in several editions, including CD, cassette, and limited-edition gatefold vinyl. The CD and LP formats will come with liner notes by French rock journalist JD Beauvallet, as well as unseen photographs.