Theyíre named after the man whose assassination started World War I, theyíre from Scotland and theyíre becoming one of the hottest bands in the British Isles. Of course, I could only be talking about
Franz Ferdinand. This arty crew from Glasgow bring it like a poppier, Scottish Interpol on their debut single for Domino, ìDarts Of Pleasure.î Guitars rev, a piano melody enters the fray, a bassline the size of Austria rumbles along and frontman Alex Kapranos coats the tune in the honey of his throat. Jaunty, edgy and bouncy, ìDartsî marks the quartetís true arrival on the radar and hits the bullseye with its instant sing along quality. The miseries of World War I now behind us, itís time for a new Franz Ferdinand to make its mark, this time in the 21st century.
JEREMY P. GOLDSTEIN