Franz Ferdinand In Newsweek

Franz Ferdinand is profiled in this week’s issue of Newsweek. Maybe now your 40-year-old brother-in-law will know who you’re talking about when you tell him about the dreamiest band in the whole wide world. Some highlights include:

The arty name was bad enough?Franz Ferdinand was the Austrian archduke whose assassination sparked World War I?but the band seemed to be doing that ’80s thing: quavering vocals, spastic rhythms and enigmatic lyrics that bounced around like New Wavers on the dance floor. Still, their songs were good?and their timing was even better. Franz dropped their album just as other nonconformist rock bands, like the White Stripes, were gaining on monochromatic MTV pop-punk outfits.

Since when are historical figures considered “arty?” I mean, Bauhaus is an arty name. Franz Ferdinand was slain royalty.

“I think we have a huge Zeppelin thing going on,” says [guitarist/singer Alex] Kapranos, apparently in earnest. “When we were recording this record, we kept thinking, ‘Does this sound too much like “Kashmir”?’ That’s the best thing that happens in music?when in your head you’re doing something that sounds like someone else, but it sounds totally different when it comes out.”

Zeppelin? Anyone?

“There’s a coldness about the sound of the first record which I always find difficult,” says Kapranos. “It’s like you’re listening to somebody else playing behind a sheet of glass.” Bassist Robert Hardy has his reservations, too. “I would have never bought our first record,” he says. “I would’ve wanted to hate it. Then I would’ve heard it round my girlfriend’s house?it’d be better than I thought it would be, but I still wouldn’t admit it.”

While I don’t agree with Robert Hardy’s assessment of the first album, it’s funny that he would say that.

Read the rest of the profile here.