One thing you can always rely on Franz Ferdinand for is a sense of distilled coolness. They’ve been away for a while, but with a new album pencilled in for later this year (their first since 2009’s Tonight), the sharply suave Scots are giving their Record Store Day covers EP from last year a full release on CD to serve as a gentle reminder that they’re very much still with us.
I mean, what other band could get Debbie Harry and LCD Soundsystem to appear on the same EP and turn out versions of their songs? Only Franz Ferdinand – and it’s in that ideal of New Wave revivalism slicked to a knowing contemporary pop awareness that the very essence of what the band stands for lies.
Franz Ferdinand – The Covers EP is released on CD on the 2nd May.