Franz Ferdinand are consciously looking to avoid the ‘bullshit’ which they say tainted their previous album, but are ‘fixated’ with the recording process which is currently being undertaken in their own studio.
Frontman Alex Kapronos offered the update to Mojo, and said lyrically the record is shaping up to be, ‘The idea of the cynic’s search for optimism and the sceptic’s search for a manual crop up here and there’.
“I’ve always liked the lead character in Alasdair Gray’s Lanark growing the hard scales to defend the soft inner-self from the world,” he continues. “Socially awkward asthmatic with a self-consuming imagination. My 19-year-old self was electrified. Maybe the album is about how to shed those scales.”
Franz Ferdinand have been quiet since the release of ‘Tonight: Franz Ferdinand‘ in 2009, but debuted seven new songs – including ‘Trees & Animals‘, ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action‘ and ‘Fresh Strawberries‘ – at a small Glasgow gig earlier this year.