Franz Ferdinand's bony album

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 10 October 2008

Franz Ferdinand's bony album

Franz Ferdinand used human bones as percussion instruments on their forthcoming third album

Franz Ferdinand used human bones as percussion instruments.

The Scottish rockers, who were looking for unusual ways of creating sound on their forthcoming third album, decided to work with a human skeleton they had bought in an auction.

Frontman Alex Kapranos explained to MTV: "I remember we were working on a song called 'Kiss Me' and we wanted to have a real dry, percussive sound in the chorus. We had this skeleton in a box that just ended up sitting in the corner of the studio, and we all sort of looked at it, and decided to experiment with it."

Each band member chose a different part of the body to play on the record.

Alex added: "Nick, our guitarist, had the hands and was clapping the bones together. Paul, the drummer, was working with the pelvis bone and a femur. We put the teeth in a glass jar and rattled that about. We smacked the ribs together and we got this really weird, f***ed-up kind of a sound that was wicked. I can't think of any records with human bones on it."

The album, provisionally titled 'Tonight', is set for release next year.

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