Franz Ferdinand Mixing Sophomore Album

Scottish rock act Franz Ferdinand is in New York mixing its as-yet-untitled sophomore album with engineer Rich Costey. "It should be out in September," lead singer Alex Kapranos told Billboard.com bef

Scottish rock act Franz Ferdinand is in New York mixing its as-yet-untitled sophomore album with engineer Rich Costey. "It should be out in September," lead singer Alex Kapranos told Billboard.com before Kraftwerk's sold-out performance last night (June 1) at Hammerstein Ballroom. "It's definitely going to be better than the first album."

Kapranos admitted that the track list is in flux, but that tunes like "Evil and a Heathen," "Robert Anderson Is Christ" and "Your Diary" will likely make the final cut. Earlier this month, a number of songs were premiered at two shows in Moscow, including "I'm Your Villain," "You Could Have It" and "What You Meant."

The upcoming Epic set will be the follow-up to Franz Ferdinand's 2004 self-titled debut, which reached No. 32 on The Billboard 200 and has sold more than 931,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen Soundscan. The single "Take Me Out" reached No. 3 on Billboard's Modern Rock chart, and last week was named best contemporary song at the U.K.'s Ivor Novello Awards.

Kapranos said he expects the band will be in the studio for another couple of weeks, and is looking forward to returning to the concert stage later this summer. Franz Ferdinand will open for U2's Spanish gigs Aug. 9 in San Sebastian and Aug. 11 in Madrid, followed by appearances Aug. 20-21 at the U.K.'s V Festival.

The group will then return to Edinburgh for an Aug. 30-31 stint at the T on the Fringe Festival. A North American tour is in the works for the fall, but at present, Franz Ferdinand's only confirmed stop is at the Austin City Limits music festival in late September.