Franz Ferdinand have suggested that their third album could be called ‘Tonight’, frontman Alex Kapranos revealed onstage during their New York show last night (October 8).
The band previewed six new songs during the intimate show at the Music Hall Of Williamsburg, including opener ‘Bite Hard’, ‘Turn It On’ and ‘Katherine, Kiss Me’, all of which they have previously road-tested live.
Confirming his onstage announcement, Kapranos told NME.COM after the show that the new album is called ‘Tonight’ because “it’s music of the night”.
“It’s music of the night, so it seems like the most appropriate title. It suggests a performance too,” he said. “I can picture a marquee outside a theatre saying ‘Tonight: Franz Ferdinand’, there’s a sense of anticipation. It’s music for the dancefloor, your bedroom as you psyche yourself up to go out, a stranger’s bedsit coming down an hour before dawn.”
Meanwhile the new material went was warmly received by the capacity crowd, along with old favourites ‘Take Me Out’, ‘Matinee’ and encore tracks ‘Outsiders’ and ‘This Fire’.
“I still think of this place as Northsix,” Kapranos told the crowd at the relatively new Music Hall, adding: “which was the first place we ever played in Brooklyn.”
Among the other new tracks performed were ‘Ulysses’ and ‘What She Came For’, which are both rumoured to be the candidates for the lead single from ‘Tonight’.
Franz Ferdinand played:
‘Tell Her Tonight’
‘Turn It On’
‘Send Him Away’
‘Katherine, Kiss Me’
‘Take Me Out’
‘What She Came For’
The Dan Carey-produced follow-up to 2005’s ‘You Could Have It So Much Better’ album was completed last week.
“I remember we were working on a song called and we wanted to have a real dry, percussive sound in the chorus,” Kapranos explained. “And we had this skeleton in a box that just ended up sitting in the corner of the studio, and we all sort of looked at it, and decided to experiment with it. Nick [McCarthy] had the hands and was clapping the bones together. Paul [Thomson] was working with the pelvis bone and a femur. We put the teeth in a glass jar and rattled that about. We smacked the ribs together and we got this really weird, fucked-up kind of a sound that was wicked. I can’t think of any records with human bones on it.”
–By our New York staff.