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Last Updated: Thursday, 20 March 2008, 11:48 GMT
Franz Ferdinand's 'dry and heavy' new album
by Kev Geoghegan
Radio 1 music reporter

Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand are working on a 'softer' album three

Franz Ferdinand drummer Paul Thomson has told Newsbeat the band's third album is "drier and heavier" than their previous records.

They are currently working out of their studio in Glasgow on the LP, due out in October.

Thomson reckons they have recorded around 50% of the as-yet-untitled album and says they have slowed down from the frenetic pace of You Could Have It So Much Better.

He said: "The thing with the last album, we'd just come straight off a tour and into a studio and it felt like we hadn't even stopped to take a breather.

We realised that we're not really a pop group. We're just a band that happens to cross over into the whole pop sphere
Paul Thomson
"That's reflected in the tempo of those songs, we just sort of battered though them.

Softer approach

"This one, we took some time off and then got back together again and started playing. It was like we started learning how to play our instruments again.

"I think it's comes naturally to play a bit softer now."

Thomson also thinks the new softer apporach has come around as an antidote to high tempo dance music, particularly popular in Scotland.

He said: "I think there's this culture going on at the moment where people don't want to dance to music like bang, bang, bang bang, furious.

"Happy hardcore is massive up here and I find things that hard difficult to dance to."

Girls Aloud producer

Eyebrows were raised when Franz Ferdinand announced they were heading into the studio to work with Girls Aloud producer Brian Higgins.

Thomson has confirmed they have now parted ways but insists it was no a fruitless relationship.

He said: "We learned a little bit from his methods. We wrote with him for a while and initially we thought we'd work more with him on the album but it didnt really work out.

"We just realised that we're not really a pop group. We're just a band that happens to cross over into the whole pop sphere."

Song titles

Franz Ferdinand debuted a new track at Damon Albarn's Africa Exprez gig in Liverpool on 6 March.

The song was called Can't You Let Me Stay Tonight, but Thomson revealed that it has changed to something a bit snappier.

He said: "It's now called Send Him Away, we'd just finished that and we weren't going to play it but it's the most African sounding track on the new album.

"It starts off a bit jazzy and hypnotic and then then it ends up with us doing an afrobeat jam."

Franz Ferdinand
The band wrote new material with Girls Aloud's producer

Thomson also revealed some other tracks which should make it on to the album.

He said: "The album title always comes last, but there's a song called Twilight Omens, there's another one called What You Came For, and Loose Dreams."

"The others are just working titles, inanimate things lying about the studio, like lampshade and armchair."

Franz Ferdinand have been announced as headliners for this summer's Latitude festival in Suffolk.

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