Franz Ferdinand: 'Indie labels have propped up music for 30 years'

Band say they wouldn't have been signed by a major label

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Franz Ferdinand have praised British independent labels, saying they have been "propping up music for the past 30 years".

The Scottish band were the surprise guests as the independent record labels' governing body the Association of Independent Music held the third annual AIM Independent Music Awards at London hotel The Brewery earlier this week (September 3). Speaking to NME after they opened the show by performing a number of tracks from new album 'Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action', frontman Alex Kapranos said: "We came down because we like the world we live in, the independent world. Major labels steal all the best ideas from indies, everyone knows that."

Drummer Paul Thomson, meanwhile, added: "Independent labels have been propping up music for the past 30 years. All the best music in that time has been on indies. The Smiths wouldn’t have happened on a major, and nor would we. Dance music as we know it grew on indies. Dance has become the domain of the majors and the charts mostly consist of dance music, which all began on small record companies."

'Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action' is the band's fourth album and the follow-up to their 2009 record 'Tonight: Franz Ferdinand'. The LP, which was released on August 26, debuted at Number Six on the UK Albums Chart. Speaking about the response to the album so far, Kapranos said: "We've surprised a few folk, and the album's reaction has been nice as it hasn't felt over-hyped. We've had press hype in the past, but the response this time feels a natural and honest reaction. People seem to be taking this record with a lot of warmth, and that's been touching for us."

The band, who are set to play Bestival this weekend, are also scheduled to tour Europe, North America, Japan and Australia this autumn.



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