Franz Ferdinand have been out of the loop so long I’m beginning to suspect they’re not the cool thing anymore. You have to keep constantly doing stuff if you want to stay hip. These guys have been promising to deliver a fourth album for about three years running. It’s an encouraging sign that they toured last year and even debuted a couple of new songs. Perhaps the new album will materialize sometime this year. It will be about fucking time if it does. Franz Ferdinand was one of the most important bands in the great rock’n'roll revival of the 2000s, but they haven’t bothered much about keeping themselves in the spotlight since then. They need to come out with something great, lest people forget or dismiss them.