One of the most intriguing UK guitar bands to emerge in the early years of the twenty-first century, Franz Ferdinand derive their name from an Austro-Hungarian royal whose assassination proved to be the catalyst for the World War I (via a racehorse named Archduke Ferdinand that the band had seen on the television). The Glasgow, Scotland-based quartet, Alex Kapranos (Alexander Paul Kapranos Huntley, 20 March 1972, Almondsbury, Gloucestershire, England; vocals/guitar, ex-Karelia), Nick McCarthy (b. Nicholas Augustine McCarthy, 13 December 1974, Blackpool, Lancashire, England; guitar, keyboards, vocals), Bob Hardy (b. Robert Byron Hardy, 16 August 1980, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England; bass) and Paul Thomson (b. Paul Robert Nestor Thompson, 15 September 1976, Edinburgh, Scotland; drums), coalesced through the Glasgow School of Art where Hardy studied painting and Thomson was employed as a life model. Although their stated desire to usurp the significance of their...
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