Remember that summer Franz Ferdinand was huge? Their off-beat indie rock sensibilities dominated MTV, and their lead singer, Alex Kapranos, seemed to be channeling “Cars” mastermind Gary Numan with his distant, almost robotic demeanor in their video for “This Fire.” Well, the band is back and hoping to record what they’ve dubbed “a dirty pop record.”

According to Billboard, the foursome are currently recording in Glasgow in hopes of releasing the still untitled disc sometime this summer. It’s rumored to even implement old Russian synthesizers. How badass is that? I’ve never been a huge fan, but this bizarre notion of ‘dirty punk’ has me intrigued. The band defined the term by explaining, “It's the opposite of punk/pop, which took something that was wonderful and removed all the dirt.” Can’t say I disagree with that logic.

The whole CD is being recorded on a low-budget because Alex Kapranos concluded, “the imperfections are what makes it perfect, like the cheapest, shittiest guitars through practice amps.” I think that was already tried on ? And The Mysterian’s garage rock hit “96 Tears.” I loved that song, and I just might love this album.

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