Glasgow's art-damaged rock quartet FRANZ FERDINAND feature bassist Bob Hardy, guitarist Nick McCarthy, drummer Paul Thomson, and singer/guitarist Alex Kapranos. In late 2001, Kapranos and Hardy had begun working on music together when they met McCarthy, a classically trained pianist and double bass player who originally played drums for the group despite no prior experience as a drummer. The trio had been rehearsing at McCarthy's house for a while when they met and started playing with Thomson, a former drummer for the Yummy Fur who felt like playing guitar instead. Eventually, McCarthy and Thomson switched to guitar and drums, and the band switched practice spaces, stumbling upon an abandoned warehouse that they named the Chateau.
The Chateau became Franz Ferdinand's headquarters, where they rehearsed and held rave-like events incorporating music and art. By summer 2002, they recorded an EP's worth of material that they intended to release themselves, but word of mouth about the band spread and Franz Ferdinand signed to Domino in the summer of 2003. The group's EP ‘Darts of Pleasure’ was released that autumn, followed by second single, ‘Take Me Out’ in early 2004. The single propelled them to greater popularity in the UK and laid the groundwork for the band's debut self titled album released in February 2004.
The group's momentum continued with the release of the ‘Michael’ single and Mercury Prize win. Franz Ferdinand released their second album ‘You Could Have It So Much Better’ in 2005. The song ‘Lucid Dreams’ appeared on the soundtrack to Madden NFL 09 and was released on iTunes in autumn 2008; early in 2009, the single ‘Ulysses’ arrived a week before the release of Franz Ferdinand's third album, ‘Tonight’.
Franz Ferdinand’s fourth studio album ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action’ was released August 2013.