FRANZ’S FRUITY PROBLEM!

And don't forget tickets for their biggest ever UK tour go on sale tomorrow!...

[/a] have spoken to NME.COM about their recent visit to Australia – and how they almost got busted crossing the border!

The band’s international assault has reached the Pacific, with the band storming through Australia and Japan on their first ever tour where they were greeted like gods.

The band played two nights at Sydney Metro (July 22-23) before visiting Auckland’s Splendour In The Grass Festival (24). They closed their Australian tour with one final night at Melbourne Palace (27). The following day they headed to Japan to play the legendary Fuji Rock festival.

Singer Alex Kapranos was characteristically delighted. In an exclusive interview with NME.COM, he said: “The whole thing’s been pretty euphoric! We’re basically on the other side of the planet here and people are still totally going for it. The audience reactions have been the most fantastic thing. It was out of control mayhem, totally heaving. You can feel the floor juddering underneath their feet as they’re dancing.”

Auckland saw the band achieve yet another ambition, being taken up in a helicopter.

“It’s not what I was expecting,” said Alex. “I’ve never been on a helicopter before. It was a competition and the first prize was to ride around the sky above Auckland in a helicopter with [a]! But I think we were behaving as if we were the prize winners as much as the prize winners were.”

On entering New Zealand, the band were fined $200 for trying to smuggle an orange into the country after one of the crew left it in his luggage. Alex laughed: “They’re very particular about taking any kind of foodstuffs across the borders and things, they were going crazy and the X Ray machines were flashing and going nuts, and we thought (jokes) ‘Oh my god they’ve found the stash of cocaine!’ But it wasn’t, it was the orange. They didn’t give a damn about the hard drugs, it was the fact that we were smuggling and

orange into the country. No citrus fruits!”

Tomorrow morning (August 7), the band put tickets on sale for their biggest ever UK and Irish tour.

The October dates are: Belfast Ulster Hall (October 11)

Dublin Olympia (12-13)

Glasgow Barrowlands (15-16)

Wolverhampton Civic Hall (17)

Newcastle Northumbria University (19)

Exeter University (20)

Bradford St George’s Hall (21)

Portsmouth Guildhall (23)

Leicester DeMontfort Hall (24)

Manchester Apollo (25)

London Brixton Academy (28-29)

For ticket availability, [url=]click here or call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.