If you’d asked me if I thought Franz Ferdinand and The Sparks forming a supergroup, I’d say “oh ffs,” and then they’d say, “oh that’s what they’re called! How did you guess?” Johnny Delusional is a mad baroque pop track about falling in love with passing strangers, yet also borders on the parodic as the band possess the self-awareness to poke fun of themselves for it. This is epitomized by the song Collaborations Don’t Work, an obviously tongue in cheek examination of supergroups whilst also a dismissal of possible detractors. But thankfully in this case the collaboration did work, with effortlessly catchy tracks like So Desu Ne and Save Me From Myself contributing to a sonically diverse experience melding the art rock sensibilities of Franz Ferdinand with the manic chamber pop of Sparks breathing new life into both bands to make something truly new.
Originally printed in Issue #322 of the Kirkby Extra, July 2015.
Monthly music columnist for the Kirkby Extra, sometimes article writer for Get Into This. Freelance writer/artist/maker.