Wanting to have 'a real dry, percussive sound' for their upcoming album, Franz Ferdinand pick human bones from the corner of their studio as musical instruments.
Franz Ferdinand are "clapping bones together" to create sounds for their upcoming third major studio album. "I remember we were working on a song called 'Kiss Me' and we wanted to have a real dry, percussive sound in the chorus," frontman Alex Kapranos says. "We had this skeleton in a box that just ended up sitting in the corner of the studio ... and decided to experiment with it."
Each band's member chooses a different part of the body to play on the record. "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," Alex explains further. "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."
Reportedly inspired by the "heavy dub sound of Jamaican reggae stars," the band's upcoming album is called "Tonight" and expected to be dropped sometime in January 2009. "Right from the beginning, we set out to make a record that had joy in it. Even if you're singing about the darkest of subjects or tragedy, there has to be joy in the performance. There has to be that energy," Alex speaks of the forthcoming effort.