I really enjoyed chatting with Alex Kapranos when Franz Ferdinand were in town earlier this week. He gave thoughtful and honest answers about the 10th anniversary of the band’s first U.S. tour, how close they came to breaking up before making their new album, and lots more. Read it at RS.com.
Bonus quote for Tumblr only! Alex told me the real story behind “The Fallen,” which I’ve been wondering about since 2005:
There’s a lot of songs that I haven’t explained what they’re about. Like, “The Fallen” is, for the most part, a narrative about a guy I used to hang out with in Glasgow, mixed in with other things. He used to rob from the Tesco around the corner from us – he used to steal steaks and then sell them round the pubs in Glasgow. So I said, “Who gives a damn about the profits of Tesco?” But then it’s got this sort of religious allegory running through it, so you’ve got “the prophets of Tesco,” blah blah blah. It’s a very long story. [Laughs]