Article: ICON


ICON EL PAÍS (September 30, 2015/ Spanish)
"Tenemos un ego tan grande como la deuda griega"


"It seems that bands are afraid to write a melody. But, indeed, just what happens is that they are unable to write a melody. It is not known. What I do know is that it is easy to make bad experimental music and good make it very complicated. Instead, it is very difficult to make bad pop with a good melody."


Article: The Key


The Key (September 28, 2015)
Kindred Pop Spirits: The not-so-unlikely collaboration of FFS


"We just feel that we’re working with four other musicians whose stuff we really like, and that we really like playing with. We don’t feel a separation or paternal feelings [laughs] or any of that kind of thing." (Ron Mael)



Article: Jason Schwartzman’s Cultural Highlights


The Gurdian (July 12, 2015)
On my radar: actor Jason Schwartzman’s cultural highlights


1 | Album
FFS
What’s so admirable about a band like Sparks is that they have managed to keep their world private but also stay interesting to the fans. I’m a big Sparks fan and I saw them play the whole of Kimono My House live in LA with an orchestra. I think that what Sparks and Franz Ferdinand are doing with FFS is great. I’m interested in the idea of two bands making one record. You hear about people duetting on each other’s albums, but I love the idea of taking two bands and collaborating on one thing. Two bands, two singers... I’m curious to know how they broke down the songwriting. That’s pretty amazing. What’s also interesting is that they complement each other – no one person forfeited their individuality or sacrificed anything. Instead, they created a whole new band.

Article: The 40 Best Albums Of 2015 So Far


Gigwise (July 8, 2015)
THE 40 BEST ALBUMS OF 2015 SO FAR


FFS - FFS: 'Collaborations Don't Work' they jest tongue-in-cheek on the debut meeting minds from Franz Ferdinand and Sparks. Rather than find a common ground where both acts can compliment each other, what they've done is create an entirely new band - where their delightfully twisted artpop can truly flourish. It's a weird and wonderful word they've created, and we can't get enough. But let's be honest, it was always going to be great. Combined, they're just too smart to fail.


Article: Rolling Stone


Rolling Stone (June 30, 2015)
25 Best Songs of 2015 So Far


FFS, "So Desu Ne"

The bizarro collaboration between Franz Ferdinand, the tight-trousered Scottish mod boys, and Sparks, the 1970s glam-prog duo who made cult classics like Kimono My House and A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing. Most of their FFS album is ornate art rock, except this crazy little thing — a manic synth-disco ode to a Japanese punk girl who guns them down with a Hello Kitty Uzi. "So Desu Ne" would have been a smash in 1979 or 1983 or 1999 or 2005; no clue what it's doing in 2015, but glad to have it here.


Article: Diffuser.FM


Diffuser.FM (March 12, 2015)
16 OF THE MOST UNEXPECTED SUPERGROUPS EVER



10. FFS


The members of Scottish indie outfit Franz Ferdinand are apparently huge fans of '70s art-pop band, Sparks. But instead of just continuing to cite them as influences, Franz Ferdinand recently joined up with Sparks' founding members, brothers Ron and Russell Mael, to form the aptly titled FFS. Now they're working on an album and are planning summer 2015 tour dates.




Article: LA Times


Russell Mael earlier announced that the two bands had collaborated on writing and recording an album, and that the new unit — whose name has not been revealed — would tour in Europe starting in June, with plans for some U.S. dates to follow.
(LA Times)


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6月からヨーロッパツアーがスタート、その後アメリカでのライブも予定されているそうです。



Article: Sveriges Radio


Sparks and Franz Ferdinand are working together in studio now. You know.


Keep an eye on

Sparks Facebook and Instagram
Franz Ferdinand Facebook and Instagram



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Article: Sveriges Radio (October 28, 2014/Swedish)
Sparks och Franz Ferdinand spelar in ihop



The American cult duo Sparks and Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand are working together in a studio in London.

In addition to several iconic glam rock album, so is the American pop duo Sweden Known for musical "The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman". Sparks created the musical exclusively for Swedish Radio Theatre in 2009, and has since been working to get a feature film as well.


When brothers Ron and Russell Mael played in Stockholm in December last year, they revealed in a Swedish television interview that they have found a Swedish production company and a protagonist, but looking for financiers.

When Sparks are not involved in film projects or concerts of old tunes and newer tunes they send including audio clips of the Atlantic - to the Scottish indie act Franz Ferdinand, whose hysterical pop often bear traces of Sparks.

- Some people seem to think we are in a bubble, but we listen to other artists. And we really like Franz Ferdinand. We think that some of their stuff is very interesting, 'said Ron Mael of the Swedish interview.

Now, after several years of consideration and a few days of irritable image and reputation formation in Sparks Facebook page, they say that cooperation is taking shape in real life. Sparks and Franz Ferdinand are working together in a London studio right now. There is photographic evidence.

For the brothers Mael cooperation has refreshed their way to work with music. With Franz Ferdinand makes the cleaner pop songs again, instead of a longer story with the same theme.

Maybe time the two bands get something in common works before 2014 is over, as they had hoped.





(I think Christmas song should be released in November...)

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