In case you didn’t see today’s album, click this link. Today’s artist of the day comes to us from sunny Glasgow, Scotland. It is the ever catchy, alternative rockers, Franz Ferdinand.
The band was formed in 2002 and is composed of Alex Kapranos (lead vocals and guitar), Bob Hardy (bass guitar), Nick McCarthy (rhythm guitar, keyboards and backing vocals), and Paul Thomson (drums, percussion and backing vocals).
The band’s name is in fact inspired by that of assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. It is also alliterative, for which Hardy has been quoted as saying, “Mainly we just liked the way it sounded.” “We liked the alliteration.” “He was an incredible figure as well,” Kapranos has been quoted as saying. Kapranos also said “His life, or at least the ending of it, was the catalyst for the complete transformation of the world and that is what we want our music to be. But I don’t want to over-intellectualize the name thing. Basically a name should just sound good … like music.”
The song “Take Me Out” on Franz Ferdinand, is allegorical to the assassination, not someone asking someone out.
The band has released three albums. Their self-titled debut, Franz Ferdinand was released in 2004. Their second album, You Could Have It So Much Better was released in 2005. And their third album, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, was released in 2009.
Their sound can best be described as dance-rock, alternative rock. Their songs are catchy, designed to get you clapping your hands or dancing. They are a fun band to listen to.