Franz Ferdinand get ready to start third album

Alex Kapranos says it will feature a 'whole new sound'

Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand are readying themselves to make an album with a "whole new sound", frontman Alex Kapranos has told NME.COM.

Speaking in the New York studio where he is currently producing The Cribs’ forthcoming third album, Franz's frontman Alex Kapranos revealed he will head back to the UK next week to start writing his own band’s new LP.

And despite having written seven or eight songs while on their last tour, Kapranos is keen to find a whole new sound for the band for the follow-up to 2005’s ‘You Could Have It So Much Better’.

He said: “I don’t really want to rely on the old songs so much - the songs that we were writing when we were on tour. I’d rather see what the character of the new songs is that we’re going be writing. I’d like the next album to be quite new, to be quite different sounding from everything we’ve ever done before.”

He added they’re keen to create an atmosphere that will facilitate the writing process, and allow the band time to develop the songs.

Nick (McCarthy, guitarist) has been setting up a room in Glasgow,” Kapranos said. “I guess we’re going to make that our home and write a bunch of songs. I’m quite keen to leave it open and see where we go with it. I don’t want to approach it with some kind of preconceived idea of what it should be, I want to spend as long coming up with a new sound as we can.”

He also revealed they are throwing around a variety of production options.

“We’ve been talking about different ideas, one of which is producing it ourselves, but we’ll have to wait and see," said Kapranos. "I think it depends on how the songs come out, what kind of songs they are. We’re going to do a little bit of recording and then decide.”

--By our New York staff.
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