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Franz Ferdinand: FUV Live


Nearly a decade ago, Franz Ferdinand won the prestigious 2004 Mercury Prize for their self-titled debut. Although the Glasgow rockers came close to splitting apart a couple of years ago, they persevered and just released a propulsive new album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. The confident album might well push Franz Ferdinand back onto the 2013 Mercury Prize shortlist when the nominees are announced this Wednesday, September 11.

Their style of mixing rock and dance elements with pure pop hooks was infectious and yielded hits like “Take Me Out,” “The Dark Of the Matinee” and “This Fire.” By 2009 – only 5 years after their debut – they’d released two more strong albums: You Could Have It So Much Better and Tonight. 

The Scottish band begins a North American tour next month, returning to New York on October 22 for a show at Hammerstein Ballroom.

Not long ago, TAS and FUV's Eric Holland caught up with Alex Kapranos, Nick McCarthy, Robert Hardy and Paul Thomson at Avatar Studio's in New York's Hell's Kitchen for a conversation and an acoustic session, focusing on songs from Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. 

Listen to the FUV Live session with Franz Ferdinand now, also airing on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, September 13, at 11 a.m. EDT and streaming online.