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Travis & Franz Ferdinand's Frontmen Join Midlake Star's New Supergroup


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Banquet are working on Volume I, their debut album, which will be released next year (16).

Midlake's Eric Pulido launched the band and tells the Dallas Observer he simply emailed famous friends and people he admired and asked them if they would be interested in joining a collaborative group.

"I was surprised people said yes," he says.

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'Summer Series At Somerset House' - Franz Ferdinand

Alex Kapranos, Nick McCarthy, Bob Hardy and Atmosphere - Franz Ferdinand perform live for 'Summer Series at Somerset House' - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 16th July 2014

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Franz Ferdinand In Concert

Alex Kapranos - Franz Ferdinand performing live on stage at the Barrowlands Ballroom - Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom - Tuesday 25th March 2014

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Franz Ferdinand Performs Live In London

Alex Kapranos and Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand performs live at the Roundhouse - London, United Kingdom - Friday 14th March 2014

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Franz Ferdinand Nearly Disbanded


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Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos almost broke up the chart-topping group two years ago after growing tired of the "routine" and "obligations" of the music industry.

The rocker was exhausted and "incredibly miserable" following the release of their 2009 album Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, so he called a meeting with bassist bandmate Bob Hardy to tell him he wanted to call it quits.

Kapranos tells The Observer, "I wanted to split the band up, because in my head it felt like one of those jobs... the ones I had to jack in. I didn't like the routine and the obligations. And whether those obligations lay with my contemporaries, my peers, my record label, the fans, the audiences - or maybe myself... I felt... It was time to... stop that."

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Alex Kapronos Collapses At Music Festival


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Franz Ferdinand star Alex Kapranos collapsed backstage at the weekend.

The 41-year-old singer was knocked out for an hour following a major allergic reaction to peanuts at a music festival in Budapest, Hungary, after he consumed a tiny amount of the nut, thought to be in a rice dish.

The Cribs singer, Ryan Jarman, broke the news to fans after performing on the stage at 6pm, asking them to support his pal, Alex, while he lay ''on his death bed backstage following a peanut incident''.

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Rocker Alex Kapranos Presses On With Festival Gig After Suffering Nut Allergy


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Franz Ferdinand rocker Alex Kapranos required medical attention backstage at a music festival in Hungary on Sunday (11Aug13) after suffering an allergic reaction hours before the British band was due onstage.

The Cribs singer Ryan Jarman revealed the health scare to fans at Budapest's Sziget Festival, where both groups were performing, revealing his pal was "on his death bed backstage following a peanut incident".

A festival spokesperson confirmed the mishap, admitting that Kapranos had been knocked out for at least an hour after receiving two injections to combat the nut allergy, reports NME.com.

Continue reading: Rocker Alex Kapranos Presses On With Festival Gig After Suffering Nut Allergy

Hey, Remember Franz Ferdinand? They're Back With A New Album!


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Glasgow rockers Franz Ferdinand have announced plans to release their fourth album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, through Domino Records on August 4, 2013. Frontman Alex Kapranos has made no secret of the band's intentions to release a new album in 2013 and now the details have been confirmed.

Recorded in London, Scotland and Scandinavia, the album is described as "The Intellect Vs The Soul, played out by some dumb band," by Kapranos himself. It was recently reported that Roxanne Clifford of Veronica Falls will feature as a guest vocalist on the album, though the album tracklisting doesn't appear to confirm this. The band debuted seven new songs at a tiny show at Glasgow's Nice N Sleazy recently, playing Treason! Animals, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action and Fresh Strawberries.

The group will play various European festivals this summer, including Coke Live 2013 in Krakow, Pukkelpop 2013 in Hasselt-Kiewit and Frequency Festival in St Poelten before heading back to the Isle of Wight for Bestival.

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British Stars Sign Petition Backing Imprisoned Punk Band


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Pete Townshend, Jarvis Cocker and Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos have signed a petition demanding a fair trial for Russian punk band Pussy Riot.

Former The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tennant and singers Martha Wainwright and Corinne Bailey Rae are also backing the campaign in support of the three imprisoned rockers, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alekhina.

The women face up to seven years in jail on charges of hooliganism after they showed their opposition to Russia's President Vladimir Putin by playing protest anthem Holy S**t in a Moscow church in February (12).

The signatories claim the performance was a "legitimate protest", and have urged Putin to give the bandmembers a fair trial amid reports the trio is allegedly being mistreated while behind bars.

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Stars Line Up To Help Collins With Comeback Album


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Franz Ferdinand stars Alex Kapranos and NICK MCCARTHY, Magic Numbers frontman ROMEO STODDART and Johnny Marr are among the stars who will appear on Scottish singer/songwriter Edwyn Collins' first full-length album since suffering a stroke five years ago (05).

The former Orange Juice star's Losing Sleep is set for release later this year (10).

Collins was struck down by two cerebral haemorrhages, and was left with an inability to speak or understand language.

The Rip It Up singer has made steady progress since his health emergency.

Continue reading: Stars Line Up To Help Collins With Comeback Album

Kapranos Fined By Cops In Mexico


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Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos was "busted" by cops in Mexico over the weekend (10-11Apr10) after he was caught drinking on the street.

The singer was enjoying a night out with pals in Mexico City on Saturday (10Apr10), celebrating the conclusion of the band's Latin American tour.

But the festivities came to an early halt when Kapranos was stopped by police who questioned him over concerns he was drinking alcohol in public, which is considered a criminal offence by Mexican authorities.

Kapranos escaped with a fine, and joked about handing over a U.S. fifty-dollar bill, which features a portrait of former president Ulysses S. Grant.

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Kapranos Wanted To Die Like Sid Vicious


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Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos is disappointed he didn't die "glamorously" at a young age - because he always wanted to emulate his idol Sid Vicious.

The Take Me Out hitmaker wishes he could have passed away like the Sex Pistols rocker, who died of a drugs overdose aged 21 in 1979, while on bail accused of murdering his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.

But Kapranos, 37, hadn't even managed to secure a record deal at the milestone age.

He says, "I wanted to be like Buddy Holly or Sid Vicious or Rupert Brooke and have achieved everything I was going to do and done it all by the time I was 21 and then die glamorously. Unfortunately, it didn't happen like that."

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Stalker Threat Makes Kapranos Less Candid


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Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos refuses to discuss his personal life in interviews after an obsessive fan used information he'd revealed against him.


The Take Me Out singer won't go into details about what the "crazy stalker fan" found out about him, or how he thwarted her efforts to expose the information - but the experience made him much more careful about what he tells interviewers.


Kapranos explains, "I had a really horrible experience a couple of years ago. Some crazy stalker fan got access to some really personal details of my life.


"The idea that there are people who aren't just satisfied with listening to the music - that they want to suck out the very essence of my soul, like some vampire - made me want to withdraw further."

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Franz Ferdinand Perform At HMV

Alex Kapranos Monday 26th January 2009 Franz Ferdinand perform at HMV London, England

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