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Franz Ferdinand

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Drifting together from various Glasgow bands, Franz Ferdinand honed their craft in an abandoned warehouse which they dubbed The Chateau where they started promoting their own gigs and holding parties. Steadily building up a fan base of loyal followers their debut album 'Franz Ferdinand' (2004) burst forth with choppy, art school indie anthems that would invade the charts. Propelled by singles 'Take Me Out', 'The Dark of the Matinee' and 'This Fire', the album reached number three in the UK charts and won the prestigious Mercury Music Prize.

Establishing themselves high on the festival bills, their second album 'You Could Have It So Much Better' gave them their first UK number one in 2005 and produced the incessantly catchy stomp of hit single 'Do You Want To'. Showing off their love of classic pop music, third album 'Tonight: Franz Ferdinand', a concept album based on an evening of debauchery, featured the singles 'Lucid Dreams', 'Can't Stop Feeling' and 'What She Came For'. This was followed by 'Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action' in 2013 and then in 2015 they joined up with Sparks to create a supergroup under the name of FFS, releasing an eponymous debut album with three accompanying singles.

In 2016 Franz Ferdinand released a protest song aimed at US presidential candidate Donald Trump. It formed part of the '30 Days, 50 Songs' project by Dave Eggers which urged the American people, by one song each day in the run-up to the election, not to vote for Trump. They released their fifth album, 'Always Ascending', in 2018 with the title track leading the way breaking the top 30 in the Billboard Alternative Songs Chart.

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