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Crisp, sinuous art rock served with an arched eyebrow was not part of the indie landscape when this Glasgow quartet shimmied onto the scene—which may explain why this debut feels like a glorious blast of fresh air. From the thrilling gear-change at the centre of “Take Me Out” to the wry observations and jerky New Wave on “Michael”, Franz Ferdinand feel fully formed and (in line with the sentiment of “This Fire”) utterly incendiary.


Formed: 2001 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Glasgow's art-damaged rock quartet Franz Ferdinand -- named for the Austro-Hungarian Archduke whose murder sparked World War I -- feature bassist Bob Hardy, guitarist Nick McCarthy, drummer Paul Thomson, and singer/guitarist Alex Kapranos. In late 2001, Kapranos and Hardy had begun working on music together when they met McCarthy, a classically trained pianist and double bass player who originally played drums for the group despite no prior experience as a drummer. The trio had been rehearsing at...
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