Franz Ferdinand Plough Forward

Published: 2004-10-28
Inarguably one of the busiest bands in rock today, the members of Franz Ferdinand have a slew of new projects on their plates. At the moment the art-rock band is touring Europe as part of their never-ending quest for what appears to be world domination. Even though the four-piece doesn't have any plans to tour Canada again this year, there are a few alternatives to satisfy their Canuck fans until the band's return.

On November 23rd, Franz Ferdinand's self-titled debut album will be reissued all around the world. The band is expanding the record to include b-sides that up to now have only been available in the UK ('Oh For You Sophia', 'Words So Leisured', 'Shopping For Blood', and 'Van Tango'). Also included on the vamped-up version of 'Franz Ferdinand' is an alternative version of newest single 'This Fire'.

The band will also be expanding their domain from music to the movies, as they four-piece has been asked to write a few songs for the next instalment of the Harry Potter series. Not only will the Franz Ferdinand's music appear in the fantasy films, but the members themselves might as well (in a cameo, that is). Speaking to VH1 about the upcoming movie, lead singer Alex Kapranos said: "There's a section where there's a band of ugly sisters playing and I think, wellÖ some members of Franz Ferdinand may be the ugly sisters in the band."

It's also been reported that Franz Ferdinand is already making plans for their sophomore album. Speedy lads that they are, the as-yet-untitled project is expected to be available in early 2005. If the Scottish band's completely sold-out tours and solid standing on the record charts are any indication, it is destined to be one of the most anticipated records of the new year.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt



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