Franz Ferdinand are currently working on the follow-up to their breakthrough self-titled album. XFM caught up with frontman Alex Kapranos last night before their Teenage Cancer Trust Charity performance to ask a few questions about the direction of their next album.
Speaking about their current influences, Kapranos said: “I’ve been listening to a lot of Dylan recently. I’m getting really into Highway 61. It’s so good. That’s influencing more my lyrical style, than anything. I don’t think we’ll end up sounding like Dylan and The Band, but I just love the rhythm of his lyrics, they’re fantastic. Not the same subject matter, or the same singing style, but definitely the rhythm of his lyrics and listening to people who are adventurous with the rhythm of their words.
Bowie too we’re listening to a lot of Bowie. A bit of the old glam stuff, but also Low, Station to Station and Heroes. But also it’s good to listen to those records when thinking about producing records as they're so radical and so adventurous and very inspirational.”
The group is currently in the studio working on their next album, teaming up once again with uber-producer Rich Costey. Kapranos described him as a “really cool character.” He added:”We’ve been sitting around playing a lot of records, talking about music and things that excite us and experimenting. Trying to do different things. Things we never would have tried on our records before.”