After teasing us several times with “news” surrounding their sophomore album, Franz Ferdinand has finally given us something slightly more concrete. Their highly anticipated second full-length will be, just as their debut, self-titled. Following in the footsteps of Peter Gabriel, who kept his albums self-titled up until Security, the only recognizable difference in their two albums will be the color scheme. Rather than brown, orange and cream, the new record will be black, red and pale green.
In an interview with NME, frontman Alex Kapranos explained: “The whole point is that the album doesn’t have a title. We decided quite a while ago that we didn’t want to give any of the albums titles, they were just going to be called Franz Ferdinand. The albums are going to be identified by their colour schemes rather than a title. The contrast of different colours creates a different mood. We experimented with different combinations of colours and this one stuck. At one level they looked good together, and they capture the mood of this record quite well.”
The new tunes have been recorded and mixed, so now the band must narrow down the tracklisting, which will be chosen from sixteen songs. Although there is much speculation as to what songs will appear on the new album, nothing has been officially announced as of yet. But hey, at least we know the color scheme! I guess the band could always resort to interior design if their music careers come to an end. When you just can’t decide on the right color for your drapes, give Franz a call! The tentative release date is currently set for sometime in September.