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Franz Ferdinand Biography

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Birth Place: Glasgow, Scotland
Years Active: 2002–present
Genres: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, New Wave, Art Rock, Post-punk Revival, Dance Punk

Franz Ferdinand is a Scottish indie rock and post-punk band formed in Glasgow in 2002. The band is composed of 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).

Franz Ferdinand first experienced chart success when their second single, “Take Me Out,” reached #3 on the U.K. Singles chart, followed by their 2004 debut album, “Franz Ferdinand,” which debuted on the U.K. Albums chart at #3. The band went on to win the 2004 Mercury Music Prize and two BRIT Awards in 2005 for Best British Group and Best British Rock Act.

The band's second album, 2005’s “You Could Have It So Much Better,” was a platinum-selling album in the U.K. and gold-selling in the U.S. The album topped the U.K. Albumd charts, and made the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart in the U.S. The album produced the hit single “Do You Want To,” amongst many other singles.

After the release of “You Could Have It So Much Better,” the band took some time recording their third album, “Tonight: Franz Ferdinand,” which was released internationally in January 2009, making the Top 10 in the U.K. and the U.S. “Ulysses” was released as the lead single, although “No You Girls” proved to be popular, being their second longest-charting single in the U.K., after “Do You Want To.”

The band has earned nominations for several Grammy Awards, becoming one of few Scottish bands or artists to have been nominated.