Franz Ferdinand Renames New Album

After initially choosing to self-title its second album, Franz Ferdinand has now opted to call the set "You Could Have It So Much Better ... With Franz Ferdinand." The album will still be released as

After initially choosing to self-title its second album, Franz Ferdinand has now opted to call the set "You Could Have It So Much Better ... With Franz Ferdinand." The album will still be released as planned Oct. 3 internationally and the next day in North America via Domino/Epic. First single "Do You Want To?" will precede the album on Sept. 19.

The original plan was to have only the band's name printed on the new album cover, and to distinguish it from its similarly self-titled predecessor with a different color scheme.

"There's so many albums I have that I don't refer to by their real titles," frontman Alex Kapranos told Billboard.com recently. "The second Specials album is called 'More Specials,' but I always just call it 'the second Specials album.' I'm also quite interested to see what will happen, because I know people will choose their own name for it. It's a little bit of an experiment."

Franz Ferdinand is gearing up for a handful of U.K. festival dates later this month, beginning Aug. 20-21 at the V Festival. A North American tour will begin Sept. 20 in Chicago.