Franz Ferdinand are 'fixated' with making new album

Alex Kapranos reveals that band's new songs are about 'the cynic's search for optimism'

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Alex Kapranos has said that the next Franz Ferdinand album is taking shape – and that the band are "fixated" with making it.

The four-piece have not released a new album since 'Tonight: Franz Ferdinand' in 2009 but are working on the follow up in their own studio and are self-producing the album. Speaking to MOJO, Kapranos claims that the direction the album is taking is "forward" and said that the band are keeping quiet about things as their last album was "tainted by bullshit" prior to its release.

Lyrically, however, Kapranos revealed that the album tackle "the idea of the cynic's search for optimism and the sceptic's search for a manual crop up here and there." He adds: "I've always liked the lead character in Alasdair Gray's Lanark growing the hard scales to defend the soft inner-self from the world. Socially awkward asthmatic with a self-consuming imagination. My 19-year-old self was electrified. Maybe the album is about how to shed those scales."

Franz Ferdinand recently debuted seven new songs at a tiny gig at Glasgow venue Nice 'N' Sleazy, opening their set with three new songs; 'Trees & Animals', 'Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action' and 'Fresh Strawberries'.

Meanwhile, it was reported that Roxanne Clifford of Veronica Falls will feature as a guest vocalist on Franz's next album.

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