Named after Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the band comprises Alex Kapranos (lead vocals and guitar),
Bob Hardy (bass guitar), Nick McCarthy (rhythm guitar, keyboards and backing vocals), and
Paul Thomson (drums, percussion and backing vocals).
Alex Kapranos of the band commented - Tonight: Franz Ferdinand is music of the night: to fling yourself around your room to as you psyche yourself for a night of hedonism, for the dance-floor, flirtation, for your desolate heart-stop, for losing it and loving losing it, for the chemical surge in your bloodstream. Its for that lonely hour gently rocking yourself waiting for dawn and it all to be even again
Since late 2007, the band have been recording their third studio album in Glasgow, recently released on 27 January 2009.
"Ulysses", the first single from the album, was first played by Zane Lowe on 17 November 2008. Shortly afterwards it hit YouTube.
More info @ www.franzferdinand.co.uk or @ MySpace