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Have you thought about Franz Ferdinand much lately? After the one two-punch of their self-titled debut in 2004 and You Could Have It So Much Better in 2005, the Scottish indie rockers slowed down a bit. It took four years for their third album, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, to appear, and then another four for it… More »

It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than four years since Franz Ferdinand released an album. It seems even harder to believe that it’s been nearly a decade now since the Scottish band turned the world on its ear with the release of their eponymous debut album. The landscape of popular music has changed… More »

At this point you’ve likely heard “Ulysses” and its “funky” Spoonerisms in more than one form. We weren’t blown away by the track then (or now), but after listening to Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, we can understand why the guys chose it as the single: While nothing special, it’s better than most of the upbeat fare… More »

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Watch Franz Ferdinand & Sparks Perform 3 Songs At Last Night’s First FFS Show

The new Franz Ferdinand/Sparks supergroup FFS played live for the first time last night (outside of an appearance on Jools Holland last month) at the Arts School is Glasgow. They played pretty much all of the tracks off of their self-titled debut, which was released a few weeks back, plus some solo Franz Ferdinand and… More »

By: James Rettig / June 17, 2015 - 9:34 am

FFS – “Piss Off” Video

FFS — the new supergroup made up of members of Franz Ferdinand and Sparks — have shared a video for “Piss Off,” a song from their self-titled debut that comes out tomorrow. It features the band members as animated creepy little ninja men with their real-life heads placed on top of small bodies. They dance… More »

By: James Rettig / June 8, 2015 - 9:46 am

FFS – “Call Girl”

FFS is the supergroup team-up of Franz Ferdinand — all four members — and the influential ’70s studio-pop weirdos Sparks. Their self-titled debut as a unit is out in a couple of weeks. Together, these guys have all found the same playful, cheeky power-pop wavelength. We’ve heard their songs “Piss Off,” “Johnny Delusional,” and “CollaborationsMore »

By: Tom Breihan / May 28, 2015 - 10:52 am

FFS – “Johnny Delusional” Video

The Franz Ferdinand/Sparks collab FFS have released a video for their darkly clever dance-punk/New Wave hybrid “Johnny Delusional.” The clip casts Alex Kapranos and Russell Mael as dweeby office drones flailing for attention from the ladies in their vicinity. It’s doing its job of enticing me to check out FFS’ self-titled LP, which is coming… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 20, 2015 - 12:34 pm

FFS – “Johnny Delusional”

Earlier this year Franz Ferdinand and Sparks announced that they’d be forming a super group called FFS and releasing a self-tilted collaborative album. We previously heard “Piss Off” and a few brief seconds of another track “The Domino Effect,” but today they’ve given us a full new one called “Johnny Delusional.” It splits the difference… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 13, 2015 - 11:47 am

FFS (Franz Ferdinand & Sparks) – “Piss Off”

Last month, we learned that all four members of Franz Ferdinand had teamed up with Sparks, the culty, idiosyncratic ’70s group who served as an inspiration to them, to form a new band called FFS. Together, the six members of the supergroup have recorded a self-titled debut album that’ll be out later this spring. They… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 1, 2015 - 8:54 am

Franz Ferdinand & Sparks Form Supergroup FFS

The members of Franz Ferdinand have long admired the ’70s sophisti-pop cult stars Sparks. And today, we learn that they like Sparks so much that they’ve gone ahead and started a band with them. The new side project FFS will feature Ron and Russell Mael, the two brothers who founded Sparks in 1971, alongside all… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 9, 2015 - 9:09 am

Franz Ferdinand – “Stand On The Horizon” Video

In Franz Ferdinand’s strange, striking new video for the shiny, horn-laced “Stand On The Horizon,” we see the band playing in a dark and mysterious seaside resort. It turns out to be the sort of place where younger men dance stiffly and robotically with older women, with everyone lit as dramatically as possible. The song… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 4, 2014 - 11:55 am

Frankie & The Heartstrings – “Stand On The Horizon” (Franz Ferdinand Cover)

Sunderland indie rockers Frankie & The Heartstrings have covered a song by their friends and neighbors from the north, Franz Ferdinand. Frankie Francis and company’s favored Franz song is “Stand On The Horizon,” a typically swaggering disco-punk track from last year’s Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions. The Heartstrings’ version amps up the nervous tension. More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 15, 2014 - 12:57 pm

Photos: NorthSide Festival (Denmark) 2014

The 2014 iteration of the Danish music festival NorthSide took place this past weekend and hosted a large number of exciting bands. There were the major rocks acts such as Arcade Fire, the Pixies, and the National, but there was a lot to be seen beyond that, too. There was Franz Ferdinand, Mount Kimbie, Roby… More »

By: Miles Bowe / June 20, 2014 - 1:19 pm

Watch Franz Ferdinand Play Kimmel

Way back in November, Franz Ferdinand released the video for their track “Bullet.” The video features stylized footage of the band performing the song — and now we’ve got some non-stylized footage of the band performing the song. The latest stop on their on the promotional circuit was a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live last… More »

By: Sam Behrens / May 1, 2014 - 12:12 pm

Franz Ferdinand – “Fresh Strawberries” Video

Franz Ferdinand recently released Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action track “Fresh Strawberries” as a single with an entirely German-sung B-side. Now they’ve got a music video shot in stark black and white, filled with strange, surreal imagery. Watch it below. More »

By: Miles Bowe / March 13, 2014 - 12:52 pm

Franz Ferdinand – “Erdbeer Mund” Video

Last year Franz Ferdinand released the LP Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions, and to go along with the release of a new single from the album, “Fresh Strawberries,” they’ve dropped the track’s B-side, “Erdbeer Mund.” It’s a bouncy, synth-happy song, and all its vocals are sung in German. Watch the video below. More »

By: Miles Bowe / February 27, 2014 - 1:40 pm

Does Pharrell’s New Song With Paloma Faith Rip Off Franz Ferdinand?

When I reviewed Paloma Faith’s “Can’t Rely On You” in The Week In Pop, I called it low-grade Pharrell because the chorus reminds me of Joss Stone, but it’s definitely growing on me, in part because of a slinky syncopated riff that snakes between the beat. It didn’t hit me at first, but the riff… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 31, 2014 - 1:34 pm

Franz Ferdinand – “Bullet” Video

Franz Ferdinand have already made a generous handful of videos for songs from their new album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action — for “Right Action,” for “Love Illumination,” and, most disgustingly, for “Evil Eye.” Now they’ve got another one, and it’s a comparatively low-key affair, made up of nothing but footage of the band… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 19, 2013 - 10:56 am

Watch Franz Ferdinand Cover The Go-Betweens’ “Was There Anything I Could Do?”

On a recent visit to Australia’s Triple J radio network, the Scottish post-punkers Franz Ferdinand showed their appreciation for their host country by covering one of its greatest bands. For Like A Version, Triple J’s covers series, Franz did a live-in-studio mostly-acoustic cover of “Was There Anything I Could Do?,” the classic 1988 single from… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 15, 2013 - 8:50 am

Franz Ferdinand – “Evil Eye (Alan Braxe Remix)”

Franz Ferdinand have already made an absolutely disgusting gore-soaked video for “Evil Eye,” the next single from their new album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, and now they’ve also got a remix from the retro-minded and synth-addled French dance producer Alan Braxe. Braxe takes full advantage of both the lithe groove of the original… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 15, 2013 - 9:43 am

Photos: Austin City Limits 2013

The first of two Austin City Limits weekends took place in Zilker Park over the weekend, with performances by Depeche Mode, the Cure, Kings Of Leon, Atoms For Peace, Phoenix, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, the National, Queens Of The Stone Age, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, HAIM, and dozens more. Check out photos from the festival by JWMore »

By: Stereogum / October 7, 2013 - 11:30 am

Franz Ferdinand – “Evil Eye” Video (NSFW)

Franz Ferdinand’s gruesome, genuinely disgusting video for the Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions song “Evil Eye” feels like what might happen if someone made a supercut of all the nastiest moments from Lucio Fulci’s ’70s cheapo Italian horror movies. The grainy video is all disconnected images that seem engineered to turn your stomach: Eyeball… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 9, 2013 - 10:08 am
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