Coming from Glasgow, Franz Ferdinand formed in 2001 by Alex Kapranos (vocals/guitar), Bob Hardy (bass), Nick McCarthy (guitar) and Paul Thomson (drums) and began practicing together in an abandoned warehouse they called, "The Chateau." The Chateau soon became their official world headquarters where they rehearsed and held music and art shows. Once the local constables tossed them out of the Chateau, Franz moved into a Victorian courthouse and dug in his big ol' feet in the ground and began creating the songs that would appear on the 2003 EP Darts of Pleasure. That was followed-up by 2004's Franz Ferdinand whose hit single "Take Me Out" had the sound of a new catchy music that people were loving and less of a digital construct. The follow up album, 2005's You Could Have It So Much Better received rave reviews and confirmed that Franz Ferdinand was the real thing!
Franz Ferdinand has a sound all his own and that's what caused him to, hit it big! The band is fully capable of anything they set their mind to, but they also have an open dialogue between the current New York rock scene and Glasgow.