FFS Books North American Debut

Franz Ferdinand and Sparks are bringing their supergroup project to Sparks’ home turf in October as FFS embarks on its first North American tour.

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Bilbao BBK Live Festival, Kobetamendi, Bilbao, Spain

Don’t be fooled by the title of the FFS song “Collaborations Don’t Work.” FFS’s self-titled album, which was released in June, received great reviews from many critics saying they dig the team-up of the Scottish indie rock band and the Los Angeles-based art rock duo.

As Rolling Stone notes, “Both bands share a wildly eccentric sense of melodrama, which is why the combo clicks” while A.V. Club says, “The only odd thing about FFS … is that it took so long for the two camps to team up and collaborate.”

A.V. Club’s review adds, “Jaunty piano, cheeky keyboards, glammy guitars, rhythmic digital jolts and theatrical arrangements lead to music that’s akin to a mashup of Broadway musicals, ’70s classic rock, and perforated electropop.”

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Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, Ga.

The North American tour begins with its sole Canadian stop in Toronto. Here’s the routing:

Sept. 30 – Toronto, Ontario, Sound Academy
Oct. 2 – Boston, Mass., Orpheum Theatre    
Oct. 3 – Philadelphia, Pa., Electric Factory   
Oct. 5 – Washington, D.C., Lincoln Theatre
Oct. 6 – New York, N.Y., Terminal 5           
Oct. 8 – Chicago, Ill., Riviera Theatre           
Oct. 9 – Minneapolis, Minn., First Avenue   
Oct. 11 – Denver, Colo., Ogden Theatre       
Oct. 13 – Hollywood, Calif., Hollywood Palladium
Oct. 14 – Santa Ana, Calif., The Observatory           
Oct. 15 – Oakland, Calif., Fox Theater

Tickets go on sale Friday, Aug. 7. Visit FFS’s Facebook page for more information.