“It’s been like a dream and I’m still processing,” said Thomson.
Franz Ferdinand has announced the departure of his drummer Paul Thomson.
Sharing a statement on social media this evening (21 October), the Scottish band wrote: “Hello world. Paul is leaving the band. It was a little shocking to us when we found out, so maybe it’s some of you Will be for.”
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Thomson joined Franz Ferdinand when he returned in 2002, and has been friends with his former bandmates for over 25 years. “We’re glad we shared those adventures and experiences together and look forward to hearing what he does next,” the group continued.
She has been replaced by Audrey Tait, who made her debut with the group at a Balmain fashion show in France last month (29 September). You can watch footage of that gig below.
“After playing with Paul for so long, it’s clear that no one can sit behind the kit at FF, so we’re delighted to say that one of the world’s best drummers is joining us.” is,” said Franz Ferdinand, their new member.
“It feels completely natural to play with her and she laughs a lot. Being in the studio together has been electrifying and we can’t wait for you all to play it live. Here’s a picture of Paul literally handing out his stick in a windowless rehearsal room. “
Meanwhile, Thomson wrote that his nearly two-decade journey under Franz Ferdinand “has been a dream”. “I want to thank each of you who bought a record, came to a concert and shared all these experiences with me,” he said. “I will never forget it.”
He concluded: “Franz Ferdinand was, is, and will always be a big part of family and mine. My words and smile are much easier now.”
Franz Ferdinand released his fifth and latest album, ‘Always Ascending’ in 2018 Granthshala Last summer, frontman Alex Kapranos said he was “focusing more on Franz Ferdinand” at the time.
“All I’ll say is that we have songs and I really enjoy playing them!” They told Granthshala.
Meanwhile, FF bassist Bob Hardy has announced a new photography exhibition exploring the quieter moments of life on the road.