Wednesday 28 January 2015



The irrepressible Franz Nicolay is celebrating the January release of his latest album To Us, The Beautiful – out on Xtra Mile Recordings on CD, clear and blue splatter vinyl, and download - in his ever-inimitable way with a substantial UK tour in March 2015.

With a surging and eclectic new rock record to perform for the masses, as well as a back catalogue of his esoteric but joyous and twisted anthems, there’s sure to be parades of dancing shoes and a chorus of voices at every show.

To Us, The Beautiful is Franz’s fourth solo full-length and his second with Xtra Mile Recordings, and provides newcomers with a refreshing burst of elegant, eccentric and elegiac songs with a deliberate rock bent. Long-term fans will find a more straightforward chapter in Franz’s story, still gleaming with banjo twang and his distinctive theatrical voice, so they won’t be lost among the distortion and melodic drive.

See Franz live in March 2015
13 - Perth @ The Twa Tams (w/ Jon Shoe, Broken Stories)
14 - Dundee @ Buskers (w/ Jon Shoe, Broken Stories)
15 - Glasgow @ 13th Note (w/ Broken Stories)
16 - Belfast @ The Bar With No Name
17 - Edinburgh @ Banshee Labyrinth  (w/ Broken Stories)
18 - Huddersfield @ HDM Beer Shop
19 - Leicester - Soundhouse
20 - Manchester @ Star and Garter
21 - Peterborough @ Met Lounge
22 - Norwich @ Owl Sanctuary
23 - Plymouth @ Underground
24 - London @ Brixton Windmill (w/ Jon Shoe)
25 - Exeter @ The Cavern (w/ Jon Shoe)
26 - Bristol @ The Exchange (w/ Jon Shoe)
27 - Southampton @ Joiners (w/ Jon Shoe)

Praise for Franz Nicolay:
“Natural-born star…really something special.” – Pitchfork
“A great storyteller and wordsmith.” – Punknews

Praise for To Us, The Beautiful:
"Nicolay could probably sing the phone book and make it sound like Dostoevsky." - Éclat
"Fantastic...all of the scope and grandeur we've come to expect from a Franz Nicolay full-length...Franz Nicolay is the complete songwriter and To Us, The Beautiful is undoubtedly the first great record of 2015." - The Ruckus
"Perhaps his most accessible record to date...At its heart, this is a pure punk-rock record...balance[d] between boisterous celebration and punk-rock album that lives with you after you've pressed the pause button...a bold and confident statement. 4.5/5" - Contact Music
"Exhilarating...It’s a staggering album, maybe the first truly great release of 2015. 4.5/5" - God Is In The TV
"Filled with huge torch songs, heartfelt acoustic numbers and buzzing three-minute pop songs. 4/5" - Already Heard
"Every track brings its own reward...Recommend[ed]." - Echoes and Dust
"Masterfully emotional song-writing. 8/10" - Toxic Online
"A ramshackle treat." – Stereoboard /