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Franz Ferdinand ditch guitars in favour of synths

Franz Ferdinand: Tonight belongs to them.
Franz Ferdinand: Tonight belongs to them.

Franz Fredinand have revealed that Tonight, their soon-to-be released third album, is a more electronic affair than previous efforts.

The record was produced by Dan Carey, who's also worked with the likes of Hot Chip, Kylie Minogue, Lily Allen and the hotly-tipped La Roux, and will be released on 26 January.

Speaking to BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat, Franz bassist Bob Hardy said: "There's a broader pallet of sounds, a lot more electronics and atmospherics.

"The essential difference is that there are a lot more synthesizers on the record than guitars."

That the band wanted to head in a less guitar-centric direction was made clear when they announced that they were working with pop production team Xenomania.

However, these sessions didn't work out, with Hardy telling The BBC: I don't think it was necessarily going to meld together for a whole album."