Franz Ferdinand reveal future plans

The band tell NME.COM what they're up to next

Franz Ferdinand have told NME.COM that they will be taking a long break before starting work on their third album.

The band came to what frontman Alex Kapranos called “the climax of everything that’s happened in the last few years” with their triumphant headlining sets at last week’s Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds festivals. And now they want to take a step back before working on the follow-up to 2005’s ‘You Could Have It So Much Better’.

Kapranos explained: “It’s been pretty continuous from touring to recording the first album (2004’s ‘Franz Ferdinand’) to touring to recording the second album to touring. The Carling Weekend felt like the summing-up of everything we’ve done over the last couple of years.”

He added: “We are going to have a little bit of a break. For me, taking a break means being able to write whenever I feel like it. It also means socialising, hanging out with my pals, going to gigs, going out and having a few drinks. Just taking all the stuff from life which inspires you.”

Guitarist Nick McCarthy added: “As a band, we will be away a while. It’s going to be months before we even start rehearsing again.”

As previously reported, McCarthy is working with his Box Codax group during the break.