But they've got a new album to finish first...

Franz Ferdinand have said they’d like to return to play T IN THE PARK 2005 – and will pick from 20 songs for their second album.

After a break for Christmas, the band will regroup in the Scottish countryside during the first few months of 2005 to record the follow-up to their self-titled NME Album Of The Year.

Speaking to the Scottish press, Alex Kapranos said they’ve got enough songs, and will pick the best 11 from a selection of 20.

He told the Daily Record: “We’ve written a few new songs and half the album is arranged and ready to go. We probably have all the ideas we need. We are hoping to have 20 songs to whittle down to the 11 we need for the next album. We’ll take a couple of weeks break and start working on the new album at the end of January in Scotland – at a secret location in the countryside.

“There will always be people who like the band and those who aren’t into us, and that isn’t going to change, so we aren’t worried about a backlash. Instead, we are going to work as hard as we can. We were talking to another band who had a successful album which came out at the same time as ours. They told us they’re going to wait until 2006 until they record their next album. We were like, ‘What are you waiting that long for’? They have new songs. I’m sick of waiting and want to hear our new stuff on record.”

Working titles for the new songs include ‘Your Diary’, ‘Well That Was Easy’ and ‘I’m Your Villain’.

[/a] are also planning summer shows, and are likely to return to play at T In The Park. Their appearance at the 2004 festival was something of a homecoming and was regarded by the band as one of the highlights of the year.

He continued: “Playing at T in the Park was just one of the highlights and it would be amazing to play it again. But we would never presume ourselves to be the headliners. There are so many great bands out there.”

Geoff Ellis, CEO of promoters DF Concerts, commented:

“It’s always good to hear that bands hold T In The Park in such high regard. [a] were great last year, having one of the biggest crowds ever seen in front of the Main Stage at Balado, and it’s good to know that they want to play the event again some time in the future.”