Indie Friday :FRANZ FERDINAND

By The Red Witch on 7:33 PM

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It has been too long since I last wrote an entry for Indie Friday, so today I decided I should make up for that. It has been raining in Sofia for the past month, and to bring some sunshine in, this Friday I decided I needed a HUGE dose of indie rock...with Franz Ferdinand!

Name: Franz Ferdinand
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Genre: indie rock, alternative,post-punk revival
Band members:Alex Kapranos (vocals, guitar), Bob Hardy (bass guitar), Nick McCarthy(rhythm guitar, keyboard, backing vocals) and Paul Thompshon (percussions, drums, backing vocals)
Where can you find them on the WWW: Their official website is http://www.franzferdinand.co.uk/, they also have profiles in Myspace and Last.fm
Sounds like: fresh, energizing indie rock:-)


The Name

The name of the band originally came from a racehorse, called Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which the boys saw at a race in 2001. They admit they mainly liked the sound of it, the alliteration, although they also admit their interest in the figure of the Austrian Archduke. The single Take Me Out from their debut album contains a B-side, entitled 'All For You Sophia'. The song is related to the story of the murder of the Archduke and his wife, who's name actually was Sophie, not Sophia(the boys chose to replace it with "Sophia", to give the song a better ring)

The Story [In short]

All band members play in different bands during the nineties (The Karelia, Yummy Fur, 10p Invaders, Embryo). Alex Kapranos and Paul Thompson both played in Yummi Fur and subsequently teamed up to write songs. Around the same time Kapranos started teaching his friend Bob Hardy how to play the bass guitar. Later on Kapranos met Nick McCarthy.

In May 2003 Franz Ferdinand signed a contract with independent record label Domino Records and released an ЕР, entitled Darts Of Pleasure, which entered under #43 in the UK charts.
Soon afterwards, the boys head to Malmo, Sweden, to record their first album. They work with Tore Johansson, producer of The Cardigans. Their self-titled album Franz Ferdinand, comes out in the early 2004 and tops #3 in the UK Album Chart; it receives excellent reviews by the critics, who compare the band to bands like Duran Duran, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Roxy Music etc. The album receives the Mercury Prize.
During the most part of 2005 the boys are in the studio, recording their second album You Could Have It So Much Better, in which they try to broaden the musical range they play. The album is released in October 2005. It receives mixed, but rather favorable reviews, and enters #1 in the UK and #8 in the US.

Franz Ferdinand's third album, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
is recorded in Glasgow. The album was officially out on January 27th this year even though the work on it began as early as the summer of 2007. For it Alex Kapranos says "it's a bit more assured and a bit friendlier to the dance floor"

Surprisingly enough, the first single from 'Tonight:Franz Ferdinand' Ulysses, reached higher positions in the music charts in Spain and Japan, rather than the UK and the US. The second single though, entitled No You Girls had a smashing success.
The Third Single from Tonight:Franz Ferdinand will be officially out in just a few days- on July 6th! :-) The song is called Can't Stop Feeling.

In February this year Franz Ferdinand were announced to be the first major band playing at this year's Glastonbury Festival, which took place from June 25th to June 28th.

A compilation containing dub versions of the songs from 'Tonight:Franz Ferdinand', entitled Blood:Franz Ferdinand came out on June 1st.


THE MUSIC




'Take Me Out'- the band's first single.




'Walk Away'- from the album 'You Could Have It So Much Better'. Definitely one of my fave tunes! :-)




'The Fallen', live Top Of The Pops 2006




'Ulysses' - the first single from 'Tonight:Franz Ferdinand'




'No You Girls', second single from the band's newest album.


Well, this is it. Just as I am finishing writing this entry the sun showed from the clouds just for a little bit, just to remind me it will set very soon... I really hope that in the next few days we here in Sofia will finally have proper sunny summer weather... Meanwhile I am cheering myself up by listening to some Franz Ferdinand tracks :-) You should try it too ;-).

* The Red Witch

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