Franz Ferdinand are a British indie rock band formed in 2002, and based in Glasgow. The band is composed of Alex Kapranos (lead vocals and guitar, keyboard), Bob Hardy (bass guitar), Nick McCarthy (rhythm guitar, keyboards and backing vocals), and Paul Thomson (drums, percussion and backing vocals). The band first experienced chart success when their second single, “Take Me Out”, reached No. 3 in the UK Charts, followed by their debut album, Franz Ferdinand, which debuted on the UK album chart at No. 3. The band went on to win the 2004 Mercury Music Prize, and two BRIT Awards in 2005 for Best British Group and Best British Rock Act. NME named Franz Ferdinand as their Album of the Year. From the album, three top-ten singles were released: “Take Me Out”, “The Dark of the Matinée”, and “This Fire”.
They were part of the mid-2000s post-punk revival along with Arctic Monkeys and Kaiser Chiefs.
The band’s second album, You Could Have It So Much Better (2005), was a platinum-selling album in the United Kingdom and gold-selling in the United States. The album topped the UK Album Charts, and made the top ten in the Billboard 200 in the US. The album produced the hit single “Do You Want To”, amongst many other singles. After the release of You Could Have It So Much Better, the band took some time recording their third album, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, which was released internationally on 26 January 2009, and made the top ten in the United Kingdom and the United States. “Ulysses” was released as the lead single, although “No You Girls” proved to be popular, being their second longest-charting single in the UK, after “Do You Want To” (2005). The band has been nominated for several Grammy Awards. They have been nominated for several BRIT Awards in the UK, and have won an NME Award. With their three studio albums, the band sold over three million albums worldwide in 2009.
Their fourth studio album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action was released through independent label Domino Records on 26 August 2013 in the UK, and on 27 August 2013 in the US. The album received generally favourable reviews from music critics and reached the Top 10 in the UK album chart. Its lead singles, “Right Action” and “Love Illumination”, have both received over 1 million views on YouTube. “Right Action” although not reaching the Top 40 in the main UK Charts it reached number 39 on the UK Indie Chart.
The third single from the album, “Evil Eye”, was released on 28 October 2013, a clean radio edit of the song featured on an advertisement for the new Nissan Note shown late-2013 and early 2014 in the United Kingdom. The song also received radio airplay on multiple stations, including BBC Radio 2.
The fourth single to promote the album was “Bullet”, released in 18 November 2013.