Franz Ferdinand Unveil New Video, Roll Out More North American Dates
... "Bullet." The black and white clip for the wiry tune was filmed by director Andy Knowles (the Cribs, the Vaccines, Clinic and Peaches), with cameras catching the performance in 360 degrees. You will see the immersive, in-the-round performance down below those tour stops. Tour dates: 04/21 Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre 04/23 Boise, ID - Knitting Factory 04/24 Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo 04/25 Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom 04/26 Portland, OR - Roseland Theater 04/28 Oakland, CA - Fox Theater 04/29 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern Franz Ferdinand
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Watch Franz Ferdinand's Video for "Bullet"
... The latest Franz Ferdinand
video, for Right Thoughts, Right Words cut "Bullet", finds them playing around with some fancy camera tricks. Watch the slick black-and-white performance clip, directed by Andy Knowles, below. Watch a new episode of Pitchfork.tv's "+1" featuring Franz Ferdinand
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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 the always-sharp jangle-rockers the Go-Betweens. Watch the driving, elegant cover version below. Franz Ferdinand
's new album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action is out now on Domino. Watch Franz Ferdinand
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Franz Ferdinand (2002-)
Alex Kapranos (vocals, guitar)
Bob Hardy (bass)
Nick McCarthy (guitar)
Paul Thomson (drums, guitar)
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To coincide with Record Store day in 2009, the band released Blood, an album comprised wholly of Dub versions of songs from their third album, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand.
The band has covered songs by various artists including LCD Soundsystem, The Beatles, Pulp, Britney Spears, David Bowie, and Blondie. Their songs have also been remixed by various well known electronic artists like Daft Punk, Hot Chip, Justice, The Avalanches, Microfilm and Erol Alkan.
The B-side to the band's single, "Take Me Out
" was a song called "All For You, Sophia." In keeping with their fascination with Archduke Franz Ferdinand, for whom the band is named, "All For You, Sophia," contains references to historical figures associated with the assassination of the figure like assassin Gavrilo Princip, the Black Hands, which was the secret society who claimed responsibility for the assassination and the driver of the car that Ferdinand was riding in when he was assassinated.
The members of the band all have different ideas about the name, Franz Ferdinand.
Bob Hardy: "Mainly we just liked the way it sounded. We liked the alliteration."
Alex Kapranos: "He was an incredible figure as well. 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."
Paul Thomspon: "I like the idea that, if we become popular, maybe the words Franz Ferdinand will make people think of the band instead of the historical figure."
Franz Ferdinand's videos and album covers are all inspired by Russian avant-garde art and the art movement of Dada. The video for "Take Me Out," was inspired by Dada artist Max Ernst's graphic novel Une Semaine de Bonte, as well as the choreography of Busby Berkely and Russian constructivist design.
The band's debut album, Franz Ferdinand, got great praise from the critics at NME, getting a 9 out of 10 rating and lumping the band into prestigious company, comparing them to bands like The Rolling Stones, The Who, Duran Duran, Travis and Blur.
Annie Haslam of Renaissance
The 5-octave voice of the classical rock band Renaissance, Annie is big on creative expression. In this talk, she covers Roy Wood, the history of the band, and where all the money went in the '70s.