Glasgow, home of Buckfast addiction, batter, occasional sectarianism and Franz Ferdinand – purveyors of ‘new wave art rock’. After finding success with their eponymous first album and 2005’s You Could Have It So Much Better, the band nearly toured themselves into the ground. After a two-month break, they reconvened in a disused drug rehab centre to record Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, a short, sharp record that the band describe as sounding like music you’d “fling yourself around your room to as you psyche yourself for the dance-floor”. We reckon it sounds like some Terminators dirty-dancing.
No You Girls Never Know, is the soundtrack to your cocksure swagger when arriving at a really good house party. While Bite Hard would sound great while spoiling for a fight outside a Glasgow taxi rank, except one of those fun scraps where people get a bop on the nose as apposed to getting cut to ribbons with a shiv. And What She Came For gets the FHM vote, if only because it uses the sound of a dive-bombing Spitfire to beef up one of the riffs. One of the best things about this album is that it’s quite short, with no overindulgent solos or pointless interludes. Just expect a slimline set of intelligent, witty rock songs.
Best track: Lucid Dreams rolls like a drunkard down Sauchiehall St on an Old Firm matchday.