Back in March, Franz Ferdinand andÂ Sparks announced their joining together in a supergroup they call FFS (get it?). Now you have a chance to order their first studio album via Domino.
Check out the details and their first single below!
The seed of FFS was sown around the time of Franzâs debut album when word got back to the Maels that the band were big Sparks fans. âWe thought âTake Me Outâ was very cool, and wouldnât it be nice to say hello when they came to Los Angeles?â recalls Russell Mael. âWe met and decided then it would be great to do something together. We put forward a couple demos, one was âPiss Offâ. But they got swept up by everything, and it didnât happen at that time.â
Fast-forward to 2013 when both Sparks and Franz Ferdinand appeared at Coachella. On the day of Sparksâ warm-up show in San Francisco, Kapranos was in the city trying to locate a dentist when he heard a voice behind him: ââAlex, is that you?â It was Ron and Russell. They invited us down to see them play that night. We said hello after, and everyone agreed that the 10-year gestation period for this idea was long enough------- we should try and make it happen now.â
FFS was recorded during an intense 15-day period in late 2014. âWe approached it the way bands do with their first record,â says Kapranos. âWe had the songs first, rehearsed them and then recorded it all together, in a room. So no hanging around or fannying about.â
Very much a ânewâ project, FFS doesnât truly sound like either band, but a striking and fascinating mutation. âThe real motivation was to make something new, not âFranz featuring Russell Maelâ, or âSparks with Franz Ferdinand backing them,â says Alex Kapranos.
âYou canât chart what is Sparks and what is Franz Ferdinand,â suggests Ron Mael. âI think each band unconsciously relinquished a little of who they were in order to enter new territory.â
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