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2014-05-12 by Simon Willson Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand are a British indie rock band formed in 2002, and based in Glasgow. The band is composed of Alex Kapranos (lead vocals and guitar, keyboard), Bob Hardy (bass guitar), Nick McCarthy (rhythm guitar, keyboards and backing vocals), and Paul Thomson (drums, percussion and backing vocals).

The members of Franz Ferdinand played in various bands during the 1990s, including The Karelia, Yummy Fur, 10p Invaders, and Embryo. Alex Kapranos and Paul Thomson met at a party and began a close friendship and played together in Yummy Fur, and subsequently teamed up to write songs. Around the same time, Kapranos taught his friend, Bob Hardy, how to play bass after being given a bass guitar by Mick Cooke of Belle & Sebastian. Kapranos met co-guitarist Nick McCarthy, who had returned to Scotland after studying jazz bass in Germany, in 2001. Franz Ferdinand's longtime sound engineer is Michael Parker.

The band have released 4 studio albums: Franz Ferdinand (2004), You Could Have It So Much Better (2005), Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (2009) and Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action (2013) as well as several extended plays, numerous singles, one remix album Blood of their third studio album, and one DVD "Franz Ferdinand".

The band has been nominated for several Grammy Awards. They have been nominated for several BRIT Awards in the UK, and have won an NME Award. With their three studio albums, the band sold over three million albums worldwide in 2009.They were part of the mid-2000s post-punk revival along with Arctic Monkeys andKaiser Chiefs.

Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action is the fourth studio album by Scottish group Franz Ferdinand, released through Domino Records on 26 August 2013. The album received generally favorable reviews from music critics. On 1 September 2013, it debuted at No. 6 in the UK Albums Chart and at No. 1 on the UK Indie Chart.

5th single from their 4th album  - Fresh Strawberries - Franz Ferdinand

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