Franz Ferdinand to take time out

But only to recharge their batteries

Franz Ferdinand have revealed they are to take a break following their festival appearances this summer.

The band have announced that after an intensive recording and touring schedule, they are going to head back to Scotland in a bid to lead normal lives.

The band play T In The Park, Oxegen and The Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds festivals this summer.

“We have been on the road or in the studio continuously for three years and I think everyone needs to spend some time with their wives or their girlfriends and live a bit of ordinary life again,” singer Alex Kapranos said.

“Doing that recharges your batteries and gives you new material to write from, if nothing else,” he added.

Speaking to The Daily Record, the singer revealed that the break will help songwriting for the third Franz Ferdinand album.

“I feel that if I kept this life on the road and nothing else then I’d have nothing to write about because I would only have this to draw on – and that’s a pretty vacuous subject,” he said. “After T in the Park we are going to take three months off to rest a while. I just want to hang about at home.”

T In The Park is set to take place at Balado, Kinross near Glasgow between July 8-9, with headlining appearances from Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Who. Franz play on July 8, before moving on to Oxegen on July 9.

The band then headline The Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds festivals at Reading (August 26) and Leeds (27).