Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos says his band are working on a new album, and that’s the reason why they won’t be making any UK festival appearances this year. Kapranos told Xfm: “Nick [McCarthy] and I are writing some more tunes. We’ve got a wee place in Glasgow where we’re doing some new songs. It’s a wee bit different from last stuff but still very danceable, that’s the main thing. It’s always pop. Franz Ferdinand has always been pop”.
Explaining their no-festival decision, Kapranos added: “We’re gonna play Bonnaroo but not any British festivals. We don’t really want to play any British festivals until we’ve written a bunch of new songs for people to hear. I don’t really see the point of keeping on going out and playing the same old stuff again and again you wanna come back with something exciting”.
The band have also recently been working on music for a new film, ‘Hallam Foe’. The aforementioned Nick McCarthy explained: “The song’s called ‘Hallem Foe, Dandelion Blow’ and it’s about the film’s main character. It’s supposed to be a ‘person ballad’ like ‘Rocky Racoon’ or ‘The Ballad Of The Thin Man’ or something like that. Its about this guy, he’s a peeping Tom but a very likeable one funnily enough. He’s played by Jamie Bell, the guy that did ‘Billy Elliot’. He’s fantastic, an amazing guy so it was a pleasure doing it”.