Franz Ferdinand News

Panico At The Disco! If you're residing in España and fancy getting down to the sounds of the Chilean underground, whilst getting the new year off to a pant swinging start with the Polyester Sound System, then you're definitely in luck this January.

Our Paul, along with his lovely lady wife Esther, better collectively known as Polyester in DJ booths the globe round, will be cutting it up on the turntables in Barcelona on Friday 12th January, at the cities Razzmatazz Venue.

The night, which is the inaugural event to be presented by Paul's label New Records!, will feature a live set by Chilean band Panico, who after relocating to France to work at a casino and having a bizarre chance encounter in a Parisian card room, were signed to the 'Tigersushi' label. Also appearing on the bill, aside from a DJ set by Polyester, will be How Dare You & 'Noche De Locura Acida'.

Tickets can be procured in advance from at a cost of 12 €, or alternatively purchased on the door where they'll set you back 15 €. For more information, email: - Razzmatazz is located at: Razzclub, Almogavers 122, Pamplona 88, Barcelona.

The Groover's In Vancouver Speak On Their Collaboration

In the latest edition of the NME game, as part of a special 'In The Studio' update featuring in the card magazine, the publication reports on Alex's adventures in production, out in Canada with 'The Cribs'. As initially revealed by the Canadian Chart Attack Website last month, Alex has been studiously beavering away in a Vancouver studio with the Jarman brothers since late November.

Speaking about how the collaboration with our favourite frontman on their new album came about, Gary from The Cribs had this to say: "When you tour America (The Cribs supported FF's Spring 2006 co-headlining jaunt around North America with Death Cab For Cutie), the drives are enormous, so you spend a lot of time playing together and we bonded really well. Alex watched us every night and told us he was interested in helping us. So we went back to Wakefield to work on it and it was when he came to visit us that we were like, 'if he's willing to come to this fucking place then he's definitely doing the record."

Whilst the man at the helm of the control desk, added: "When we toured with them, we all had a laugh. The Cribs have that raw energy and attitude punk should have, but they also have one of the greatest senses of melody among any bands around. That's a great combo." Alex also commented on the magical nature of the group dynamic present within The Cribs that he'd been committing to tape: "Most records you hear are created by producers in a way. This band isn't like that, you're capturing a unique dynamic. Magic happens when those three guys are in a room together, playing poker or playing music."

The Alex Kapranos produced third album by 'The Cribs', is scheduled for a Spring 2007 release on the Wichita-Recordings imprint, and has been given the title of 'Man's Needs, Woman's Needs, Whatever' - The NME is out today [03/01] and can be procured at all fine purveyors of news & sundries, the length and breadth of the U.K.