Franz Ferdinand have seen immense success in their last decade as a band. Their self-titled debut album sold millions of copies, and their follow up, You Could Have It So Much Better, continued their success in going platinum in the UK and gold in the US. But by the time Franz Ferdinand released their third album, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, in 2009, the band members were beginning to feel worn down. As guitarist Nick McCarthy told the Guardian, after they finished touring for their third album, "I just came down heavily with depression, I think. I just thought, 'Eurrgh, can't play music any more.' Couldn't stand it. We'd sucked ourselves dry."
He wasn't the only one to feel that way. Frontman Alex Kapranos admits that the fun of playing music was gone:
It went out when I felt I was working to someone else's schedule or deadline. I'm not naturally the kind of person who works well under those conditions. In fact, my whole adult life before that point, if I'd been in a job where I felt I was under pressure, I would usually just jack in the job. And suddenly I couldn't do that any more. But maybe… Maybe, that's what we did after the third record.
Kapranos reveals that he actually wanted Franz Ferdinand to break up. In 2011, he got together with bassist Bob Hardy to discuss ending the band:
I wanted to split the band up, because in my head it felt like one of those jobs… the ones I had to jack in. I didn't like the routine and the obligations. And whether those obligations lay with my contemporaries, my peers, my record label, the fans, the audiences – or maybe myself… I felt… It was time to stop that.
Luckily, the band has since rediscovered their enthusiasm and why they started music in the first place. Back when they debuted in 2002, Franz Ferdinand stood out as being quirky and different. They feel they lost some of these values over time, but after almost breaking up, they see that this is what made them unique. Their new album embraces those attributes that gave Franz Ferdinand so much appeal in the first place.
Via The Guardian