Multi-award winning rockers Franz Ferdinand plan to retreat to the peace and quiet of their native Scottish countryside to record their hugely-anticipated second album.

Frontman Alex Kapranos recently splashed out $760,000 (GBP400,000) on a farmhouse which is being partially transformed into a state-of-the-art recording studio - and the TAKE ME OUT hitmakers hope the idyllic surroundings will inspire their songwriting.

Kapranos tells MTV.COM, "We've been writing songs for the last while. We're going to write a few more and then we're looking forward to retreating into the Scottish countryside and recording an album.

Guitarist NICHOLAS McCARTHY adds, "We've had a bit of time to rehearse the last few weeks and it's sounding great."

Franz Ferdinand's follow-up to their eponymously-titled debut disc is scheduled to be released in the autumn (05).

21/02/2005 14:28