Franz Ferdinand Say Take Me Out ... Of The Spotlight

Group retreating to Scottish countryside to work on new album.

Franz Ferdinand are celebrating their breakout success by going into hiding.

"We've been writing songs for the last wee while," singer Alex Kapranos said. "We're going to write a few more and then we're looking forward to retreating into the Scottish countryside and recording an album."

With the sudden success of the Scottish indie-rock quartet, several big-name producers have expressed interest in recording album number two, but the band is going back to a familiar face.

"We've talked to a few different people, but we're going to work with Rich Costey, who we worked with on 'This Fire,' " Kapranos said.

"We've had a bit of time to rehearse the last few weeks and it's sounding great," added guitarist Nicholas McCarthy, who predicted an August or September release for the still-untitled album.

It's been less than a year since their debut full-length, Franz Ferdinand, was released, so they're also still reminiscing on the year that was, when their single "Take Me Out" made them critical and pop darlings.

That song and others helped the band win Brit Awards for Best British Group and Best British Rock Act (see "Franz Ferdinand, Scissor Sisters, Keane Win Big At Brit Awards"), a nomination for the Shortlist Prize, and a chance to perform alongside the Black Eyed Peas, Gwen Stefani, Maroon 5 and Los Lonely Boys at the Grammy Awards (see " Kanye Steals The Show, But Ray Dominates Grammy Winners' Circle").

True to their removed persona, Franz Ferdinand remain effortlessly cool about their appearance alongside those acts. "You can't really think of it too hard," Kapranos said. "It's just a gig and you enjoy it."

They did, however, let it slip that they ranked the Grammy appearance among their


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top experiences of the year. "It's thrilling for us 'cause we've never done anything like that before," the singer said. "I know all of us would say that this performance tonight has been incredibly exciting, and it's thrilling to mingle amongst the highest of the high, the cream of the cream, in musical terms. Yet maybe a small gig in Denver is just as exciting in some ways."

Even more exciting, it seems, is hitting the studio for their sophomore album.

"I mean, that's why we got a band together, to write songs and record," Kapranos said. "That's the most thrilling thing for us."

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