Franz Ferdinand refuse to make ‘dad rock’
When Franz Ferdinand went back into the studio last year to follow up 2009’s Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, they realized the time away from each other had resulted in a slightly different sound than they were used to.
The lyrics were more open, the songs a little slower and mellower, and it lacked that dance-oriented, hook-driven indie rock they built their career on with their self-titled debut in 2004. It was “dad rock,” in other words, which is hardly surprising considering that, of the members of the band, consisting of Alex Kapranos, Bob Hardy, Nick McCarthy and Paul Thomson, both Thomson and McCarthy are fathers. But Franz Ferdinand were not ready to join the dad rock ranks.
“We recorded songs and then listened back to them five days later, and were like, ‘Eww, this is horrible,’ so it all got scrapped,” says Thomson on the phone from London, U.K. “I guess it’s where we were at the time, but we just needed to feel each other out and learn to play again.”
As it turns out, it was exactly what they needed, as Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, the band’s newest release, sees Franz Ferdinand recapture the sort of urgency and vitality that made their debut one of the biggest albums of 2004, which to date has sold more than three million copies and took home the Mercury Prize.