Franz Ferdinand pencil in return date

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Alex Kapranos fills in NME.COM on the band's plans

Glasgow art-pop outfit Franz Ferdinand are aiming to return to the fold with a new album early in 2008, according to Alex Kapranos.

The frontman is currently working on producing The Cribs’ third album (due in late spring/early summer), but explained exclusively to NME.COM that the four-piece are making plans for the year ahead and what will eventually be their own third album.

He said: “After I’ve finished working with The Cribs, I’m gonna get back together with the other guys and see what material they’ve got. Then hopefully we will get to record it during the late part of the summer and if everything goes well, it’ll be out by this time next year.”

Kapranos also hinted at what might be a slight change of direction developing in the band’s sound.

He admitted: “I’ve got five or six songs at the moment and although it’s very early yet, they seem to have more of a rougher, rawer feel to them. That’s something I wouldn’t mind doing for the album as a whole but a lot could happen between now and when we get into the studio.”

As previously reported, the frontman has also just had his book ‘Sound Bites: Eating On Tour With Franz Ferdinand’ published which compiles his culinary adventures on the road with the band. He is also scheduled to hold a one-off Q + A session about the book in New York City at the Union Square branch of Barnes & Noble on January 31.

–By our New York staff.

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