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'FFS' was produced by John Congleton (St Vincent, David Byrne, Anna Calvi) and recorded at London’s RAK Studios. Talks between the two bands regarding a collaboration happened around the time Franz Ferdinand released their 2004 single 'Take Me Out'. However, it wasn't until 2013 that plans were forged.

"We approached it the way bands do with their first record," said Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos about the 2014 recording sessions for 'FFS'. "We had the songs first, rehearsed them and then recorded it all together, in a room. So no hanging around or fannying about."

"The real motivation was to make something new, not 'Franz featuring Russell Mael', or 'Sparks with Franz Ferdinand backing them,'" added Kapranos.

The album tracklisting is as follows:

'Johnny Delusional'
'Call Girl'
'Dictator’s Son'
'Little Guy From The Suburbs'
'Police Encounters'
'Save Me From Myself'
'So Desu Ne'
'The Man Without A Tan'
'Things I Won’t Get'
'The Power Couple'
'Collaborations Don’t Work'
'Piss Off'

FFS, the album, is available on CD and download and also as 16-track double vinyl + limited edition double colour vinyl special edition & deluxe CD editions featuring four extra tracks.

FFS will play their first ever gig at Glasgow Arts School on June 16 before playing the much larger Troxy in London on June 29. Gigs in Zagreb, Brussels and Paris will fall between the two as well as festival appearances at Benicàssim, Slovakia's Pohoda and Lollapalooza in Berlin.

Further European dates in July follow, with gigs in Lyon, Amsterdam and Cologne all scheduled.


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The Maels looking a bit airbrushed in that photo!

Not sure what i make of the tracks yet (apart from that i think it kinda does sound a bit "Sparks with Franz Ferdinand backing them" actually), but I'll be seeing them at the Troxy. When they announced last year that they'd be working with another band, i had hoped it would be Faith No More (the timing seemed so perfect), but FF was my second guess and I'm ok with that.

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Bollocks. I just managed to lose the reply I just typed after trying to clear the Double Dip sugared sherbet I just spilt over my keyboard. :( Anyway, I was agreeing that it sounds more like (70s) Sparks with Franz Ferdinand backing them rather than something completely new so I'm kind of surprised that Alex mentioned it, but there is a chance the other tracks are a bit different.

I knew Sparks were working with Franz as their were photos from the studio last year. Oddly Russell seemed a bit secretive about who the collaboration was with when he mentioned it at the Barbican gig last year though. I would like to see them work with Faith No More again

I like both tracks. I'd say Johnny Delusional was the better track, but Piss Off is decent enough and the one I seem to keep humming to myself when I'm not listening to anything else.

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