Four days before the Oct. 3 release of their second full-length album, You Could Have it So Much Better, Franz Ferdinand will shake it through Denver's Fillmore Auditorium.
After earning a trio of Grammy nominations for their self-titled platinum debut, the band inherits high expectations for their new material. The Glaswegian quartet blew up in 2004, hopping from modern rock radio stations in February to World Series baseball commercials by fall.
Hordes of hipsters were Elvis-leggin' it to "Take Me Out" and "This Fire," while new-wave disco fans were turning up their collars and miming the roped-across-the-dance-floor routine to "Michael." Creative protestors recently borrowed FF lyrics "It's always better on holiday" to highlight President Bush's knack for taking vacation.
Two things remain unquestionable: Franz Ferdinand's music is contagiously fun and dance-mandatory.
But do their 13 new pop songs hold a candle to the old glory? The soon-to-be-hit single "Do You Want To" signals an emphatic "yes."
In a happy synth-guitar ballad driven by simple drums and the band's patented disco back bass, singer Alex Kapranos confidently croons, "I've gotta make somebody love me." An extremely catchy, teasing chorus of "Doo, doo, do ya, do ya wanna?" precedes a "Lucky, lucky, you're so lucky" taunt, complete with a cool mid-song guitar build-up and wacky wind-down.
Nobody does staccato like Franz Ferdinand. They're crisp as an apple-bite and tight like old blue jeans. So, doo, doo, do you want to go?
-- Matthew Schniper
Franz Ferdinand with Pretty Girls Make Graves
Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson St., Denver
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $27.50 general admission, 16-plus; visit ticketmaster.com or call 520-9090.