ACL Fest Interviews

ACL Fest Interviews

Franz Ferdinand

Friday 8pm, Bank of America stage
Named for the Serbian archduke whose assassination sparked World War I, Franz Ferdinand has caused a similar stir on U.S. airwaves this year. "Take Me Out," their discotheque call to arms from this year's self-titled debut, has taken the Scottish foursome from deafening underground buzz to modern-rock sensations to Top 40 cohabitants with Avril Lavigne and Ashlee Simpson.

"It isn't really affecting us a great deal," claims bassist Bob Hardy, 24, fixing himself a cup of tea in his Glasgow flat. "It's not like we go around reading the papers every day and get obsessed with it. We just kind of do what we do the way we always have done. We're all quite levelheaded people."

Famous for its shipyards, which grew fat with American tobacco, Glasgow is Scotland's largest city and one of Europe's most underrated culture capitals. Franz Ferdinand (Domino/Sony) is a natural heir to the rich Glaswegian legacy of Aztec Camera, Wet Wet Wet, the Jesus & Mary Chain, the Delgados, Soup Dragons, Primal Scream, and Teenage Fanclub.

"It's Scotland's best city," says Hardy. "It's a very, very creative place, post-industrial in a way that makes people have a bit of an edge to them and not take any crap from anyone."

According to Hardy, Glasgow is also a hell of a place to party. Soon after playing their first show in a friend's bedroom in late 2001, Hardy, singer Alex Kapranos, drummer Paul Thomson, and guitarist Nick McCarthy rented two floors of an Art Deco warehouse near the Clyde River, and began hosting art, film, and music all-nighters that promptly became local legend. "Poor sound insulation" forced them to relocate to an abandoned Victorian courthouse, where – provided they're home – they rehearse in the jail cells and put on gigs in the courtroom.

"We play six gigs a week now, so we don't really practice," says Hardy. "But we'll probably go back to the jail. I was down there yesterday. It was very nice."

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More by Christopher Gray
Margaret Moser Tribute: Alvin Crow
Alvin Crow
Summer camp with the kids

June 30, 2017

Margaret Moser Tribute: The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones
That Margaret Moser, she’s a rainbow

June 30, 2017

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Franz Ferdinand, Franz Ferdinand, Take Me Out, Trainspotting, Glasgow, Scotland

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle