Franz Ferdinand are ditching their euphoric dance tunes in favour of writing heart-breaking songs destined to make girls cry.

The Scottish band are currently in the midst of recording the eagerly awaited follow-up to their award-winning eponymous 2004 debut, and they've chosen to explore new sounds instead of recreating their tried-and-tested formula.

However, singer Alex Kapranos has assured worried fans they'll still be able to bop to the beats.

He says, "The character of this new record is beginning to take form. I was joking with a friend about how if the last record was music for girls to dance to, this is probably music for girls to cry to.

"At least for them to leak a little tear to while they're dancing."

29/04/2005 17:32