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Franz Ferdinand are an award winning rock band, from Glasgow, Scotland. Formed in 2001 and named after Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the band consists of Alex Kapranos on lead vocals and guitar, Bob Hardy on bass guitar, Nick McCarthy on rhythm guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals, and Paul Thomson on drums, percussion, and backing vocals.
The band saw chart success with its debut self-titled album (released in 2004) which debuted on the UK album charts at number three and won the 2004 Mercury Music Prize and two BRIT Awards in 2005 for Best British Group and Best British Rock Act. From the album, three top ten singles were released, the smash hit and critically acclaimed "Take Me Out", "The Dark of the Matinée", followed by a top 20 hit "Michael".
The band's second album, You Could Have It So Much Better, charted at #1 in the UK, giving birth to top ten hit "Do You Want To" and other hits such as "Walk Away" and and "The Fallen".
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[Posted: 03/01/08 on www.franzferdinand.ws )
Further to Alex speaking to Rolling Stone a wee while ago, enlightening them as to the direction the band's third album is heading in, the Daily Record newspaper caught up with Ze Franz this week, for a progress update on the record. Alex once again, emphasised how taking a break between the recording and touring of albums unlike before, has resulted in the band feeling fully rejuvenated, which will be evident on the new recording.
"The most pressure on a band is with their second album. That's a really tough one, mainly because they are touring so much and we had been touring a hell of a lot after that first record. The sheer exhaustion of being on the road so long was something we had to overcome. We've deliberately taken a little bit of time off the road, recharged ourselves, refreshed our ideas, regenerated our enthusiasm so that when we go to record again, it's going to have that joy which music really should have. For us, 2007 was an adventure because we set out and didn't know where we were going."
The importance of Glasgow, to the band's intrinsic make-up, was also alluded to: "It was really important for us to get back to where we once belonged. Glasgow is the home of this band. When we got the band together we'd go and hang out in each other's flats to write songs together and that's something we've been getting back to in the past year. It's been a fun and enjoyable way to spend the last year. It's the most exciting thing in our lives. Over this last year, we've not been seeing as much of the world but I am glad because it's when we are home that we see things more clearly in terms of this band."
Talking about how important it is for the band to continually evolve musically, as well as hinting at the possible number of tracks to feature on the new album, Alex continued: "We're just finishing off the writing of the new album. We've recorded a couple of songs and will record the rest of it this month by the looks of it. You've always got to come up with new ideas when you are in a band. Even after the second album we went through a phase where there were different sounds. Some of the songs like L Wells and the re-recording of Eleanor Put Your Boots On had a folky flavour. The way we think about it, a band like us can't just write an album any more. We have to write a collection of singles. We'd like to have an amazing collection of 10 songs that we could have as singles in their own right and if you don't have 10, there's no point in recording an album."
To read the full article, which also notes how FF were bizarrely approached to be on the MTV show 'Cribs', scoot over to http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/enterta...
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Today [08/10] sees the release of another collaborative compilation the band have contributed to, in the guise of Friend of Franz David Shrigley's latest project Worried Noodles. The Glasgow based artist compiled a book of song lyrics, back in 2006, which went by the same name, although they remained somewhat devoid of musical accompaniment. He subsequently invited some of his more musically inclined chums, to put these lyrics to music, and of course FF duly obliged.
The chaps have recorded the song No for the record, using David's lyrics, with other artists such as 'Simon Bookish', 'Max Tundra', 'Liars' & 'Hot Chip' also providing their take on some of the song lyrics which originally featured in the book Worried Noodles. The resultant album, is now out on the Tomlab imprint, on both 2xCD (with book) & 3xLP formats and is available from all fine purveyors of musical discs.
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Franz have covered David Bowie's 1977 single Sound And Vision for a new compilation marking the 40th anniversary of BBC Radio 1. The album features contemporary artistzzzz covering a song from each year since the station's first broadcast in 1967.
Other highlights include:
(1975) Kylie - Love Is The Drug (Roxy Music)
Oh, and that's about it... and even that track has Calvin-bloody-Harris involved. The whole shabang doesn't appear to be for charity so point your browsers towards Limewire soon, kiddies!
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