Artist Discovery: Brooklyn Vegan & Franz Ferdinand

We’ve asked a handpicked selection of the country’s best music bloggers to profile their top pick for Lollapalooza 2012. Once a week, between now and August 3rd, we’ll be posting these features in our Artist Discovery Series. From big name headliners to buzzworthy newcomers making a stir in the music world, we want to highlight the range of talent taking over Grant Park this summer. Today’s feature comes from Brooklyn Vegan Chicago’s Andrew Sacher. Franz Ferdinand It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything from Scottish post-punk revivalists Franz Ferdinand. They haven’t released an album of new material since 2009′s Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, and haven’t played a US show since their tour that same year. But it’s looking like 2012 is going to be the year that all changes. Their appearance at Lollapalooza this summer is their first scheduled US show since ’09, and a new album is in the works too. Franz Ferdinand are probably best known for their 2004 hit, “Take Me Out,” but the remaining ten tracks of their self titled debut LP and the two other full lengths they’ve got under their belt are as good or arguably better than that. Along with bands like Bloc Party (who are also playing Lollapalooza this year) and Interpol, Franz were one of the leaders of the early-mid 2000s post-punk revival with their stabbing disco-rock riffs and the bit of Britpop they’ve been known to throw in. The band recently wrapped up a quick run of intimate dates in Ireland where they previewed some of the new material they’ve been working on, and by the sound of the videos that have been floating around from their May 19 show in Limerick, we’ve got a lot to look forward to from Franz Ferdinand. They slowed things down on a bit on 2009′s Tonight: Franz Ferdinand and introduced some new layers to their sound, like the addictive keyboard riff of “Ulysses,” but the new material sounds like a return to the band’s earlier days. The down-strokey “Trees and Animals” sounds like a lost b-side from their debut and the danceable “Right Thoughts” fits in pretty nicely with those tracks as well. And maybe the fact that the familiarity of these songs doesn’t bother us at all is a sign that we’re all in need of a new Franz Ferdinand album. There aren’t many existing details about a new album release, or if they’ve got anything else in store for us before making their way over to our shores this summer. But whether or not we get to hear new studio recordings before Lollapalooza, the festival will still be a great chance to check out their new material in person. Plus, you’re guaranteed to hear old favorites. So if you’re wondering what bands to catch between the new buzz bands and the major headliners, I say head on over to Franz Ferdinand for what will probably be one of the strongest sets of the festival. You can keep up with all things Brooklyn Vegan Chicago on Twitter by following @BVChicago.