Franz Ferdinand

  • 09 June 2004

Occupation

Band

Band form

2002

Franz Ferdinand (formed 2002) are a Scottish indie pop band from Glasgow, named after Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand, and known for their acclaimed second single, 'Take Me Out'

Formation: Alex Kapranos and Paul Thomson were originally members of a band named Yummy Fur in the 1990s. Kapranos' friend, Bob Hardy, was taking bass lessons from Kapranos, and Nick McCarthy had recently returned to Scotland after studying jazz bass in Germany. The four joined together as Franz Ferdinand in 2002, after The Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand. They chose the name because of the alliteration, and because the death of Ferdinand was one of the key factors in starting the First World War. Franz Ferdinand signed to Domino Records in 2003.

Career: Franz Ferdinand released their self-titled debut studio album on 9th February 2004. The album received tremendous critical praise and brought the singles 'Take Me Out', 'Michael' and 'This Fire' - all of which were well received. The album won the Mercury Music Prize, an Ivor Novello award and two BRIT awards. Franz Ferdinand performed at the 2005 Grammy Awards alongside Gwen Stefani, Black Eyed Peas and Maroon 5.

On 3rd October 2005, Franz Ferdinand released their second studio album, 'You Could Have It So Much Better'. Again, the album received tremendous critical praise, and was the band's first chart-topping album, reaching the top spot in the UK charts. On 19th January 2009, Franz Ferdinand released the first single from their third studio album. The song 'Ulysses' appeared as the first track on 'Tonight: Franz Ferdinand' when it was released on 26th January 2009. The album received mixed to moderate reviews, debuting at number two in the UK charts and number nine on Billboard's 200 list.

Franz Ferdinand began work on their fourth studio album in February 2010. 'Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action' was released on 26th August 2013. Despite rave reviews from critics, the album failed to chart higher than number six in the UK charts and number twenty four on Billboard's 200. 'Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action' was released on 26th August 2013. Despite rave reviews from critics, the album failed to chart higher than number six in the UK charts and number twenty four on Billboard's 200.

Charlie Puth, Vampire Weekend, Iggy Azalea And More - Five Huge Albums Set For 2018

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 26 December 2017

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Some of the biggest stars who are set to release new albums in 2018.

We preview some of the prospective albums by major artists who are due to release a new record in 2018.

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The Killers Revealed As Third Headliner For TRNSMT Festival 2018

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 07 December 2017

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The Killers will be supported by Franz Ferdinand and Chvrches on July 8th 2018 at Glasgow Green, alongside fellow headliners Liam Gallagher and Stereophonics.

The Killers have been revealed as the third and final headliner for next year’s TRNSMT festival in Glasgow.

The American rock act, returning after a five-year absence with a new album earlier in 2017, will close out Scotland’s largest musical festival on Sunday July 8th, 2018.

TRNSMT’s organisers DF Concerts also confirmed that Scottish art-rock heroes Franz Ferdinand and alt-pop act Chvrches have been added to the bill for the Sunday night. The other headliners for the three-day event are former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher and rock veterans Stereophonics.

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Franz Ferdinand Announce New Album 'Always Ascending'

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 25 October 2017

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The Scottish five-piece also shared the album's title track and announced a new UK tour for February 2018.

Popular noughties art-rockers Franz Ferdinand have announced details of their first studio album in nearly five years, along with a UK tour for 2018.

Having lost a member last year but adding guitarist Dino Bardot and keyboardist Julian Corrie for this year’s North American tour, fans of the Scottish band have been eagerly awaiting news about their fifth album.

On Tuesday, the band announced details of Always Ascending, and shared an official audio video of the title track and lead single. The album, produced by Philippe Zdar of French house act Cassius, will be released on February 9th 2018 via Domino Records.

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Franz Ferdinand performing on the first day of Kendal Calling - Penrith, United Kingdom - Friday 28th July 2017

FFS (Franz Ferdinand , Sparks) - FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) headline at Barrowlands in Glasgow at Barrowlands - Glasgow, United Kingdom - Wednesday 26th August 2015

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By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 29 April 2015

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Franz Ferdinand And Sparks Announce Details Of Collaboration Album And Tour

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 02 April 2015

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A match made in indie heaven as Franz Ferdinand and Sparks come together to form 'FFS'.

In one of the most intriguing musical collaborations of the year, indie stars Franz Ferdinand are to team up with new wave legends Sparks for a joint album to be released in the summer. Rumours have been abounding for the last month, but today the bands announced some details about their new project.

Working under the name ‘FFS’, their album will be self-titled and will be released via Domino Records on June 8th. They also shared an audio clip of their first single ‘P*** Off’, which will also be the closing track on the album.

Image caption Franz Ferdinand (above) have gotten together with Sparks to make a collaboration album 'FFS'

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Franz Ferdinand Announces Autumn South America 2014 Tour Dates

Posted on 15 August 2014

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Nick McCarthy - Franz Ferdinand perform live for 'Summer Series at Somerset House' - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 16th July 2014

Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand perform at T in the Park 2014 - Kinross, United Kingdom - Friday 11th July 2014

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By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 30 July 2013

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

By Michael West in Music / Festivals on 16 May 2013

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Franz Ferdinand return this year with 'Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action.'

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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Franz Ferdinand - Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand Monday 1st June 2009 at Pinkpop Festival Landgraaf, Holland