It was three years ago that Julia, Nathan and I took off on our summer road trip to see Erykah Badu perform. We met at the station at noon, grabbed coffee and hopped in the car to head to the Gorge.
Julia put on the new album Tonight from indie rock band Franz Ferdinand. The sun was hot and we wound down the windows and turned up the volume.
The whole record sparked with energy. It’s a simple formula. Great vocals, tight hooks, primal rhythms. With just a touch of go-go that makes you press on the gas pedal.
Franz Ferdinand’s release Tonight is a quality road trip soundtrack.
By far the sexiest song from this dashing Scot band is “No You Girls.”
Franz Ferdinand got together in 2001 and named themselves after the Austro-Hungarian archduke whose controversial death was influential in the start of World War I.
They threw art and music parties at a warehouse near Glasgow that they named “the Chateau”.Their excited fan base spread the word and helped Franz Ferdinand get signed to Domino Records in 2003. That year their first EP Darts of Pleasure showed off the group’s talent for swaggering pop-punk, most notably on the title track.
In 2004 Franz Ferdinand hit again with “Take Me Out” and this single was part of the first full-length Franz Ferdinand that same year. “Take Me Out’ brought them fame in the States when it won the Breakthrough Video award at the MTV Music Video Awards.
The 2005 second full-length You Could Have It So Much Better had a darker, bass-heavy spy movie vibe. This style is most loud and clear on the track “The Fallen.”
Franz Ferdinand play an all-ages show this Thursday at Showbox at the Market in Seattle. For the full tour schedule and new covers of their songs (by LCD Soundsystem, Peaches and Blondie) check out the official site.
Tune in to Michele Myers Friday nights at 9pm on KEXP 90.3FM in Seattle, kexp.org. Music historian, documentary producer and DJ – Michele has produced over 200 radio stories on musical subjects for KEXP Documentaries and written scripts, lesson plans and features for Experience Music Project, University of Washington and NPR. On Thursday, August 23rd, Michele spins dance sets of soul and electronic music at Uptown Motown Thursday, August 23rd at Electric Tea Garden.