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 four members of Franz Ferdinand. XFM reports that they’re working on an album with the great indie rock producer John Congleton. And they’ll perform, probably for the first time, at the Benicàssim Festival, which goes down 7/16-19 in Spain. Below, watch a teaser video, which features a few seconds of a new song that may or may not be called “The Domino Effect.” UPDATE: The band has announced European tour dates, and they’re below.
6/16 – Glasgow, UK @ Arts School
6/22 – Zagreb, Croatia @ Inmusic Festival
6/24 – Brussels, Belgium @ AB
6/26 – Paris, France @ Bataclan
6/29 – London, UK @ Troxy
7/01 – Cologne, Germany @ Gloria
7/02 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg
7/05 – Lyon, France @ Transbordeur
7/10 – Trencin, Slovakia @ Pohoda Festival
7/19 – Benicassim, Spain @ Benicassim Festival
9/12 – Berlin, Germany – Lollapalooza Belgium
FFS have a website, but it’s pretty short on information right now.