Nick McCarthy quits Franz Ferdinand

Scottish indie favourites Franz Ferdinand have announced that guitarist Nick McCarthy has quit the band.

McCarthy, who played rhythm guitar and keyboard, is a founder member of the band, and has been with them since 2002. The 41-year-old recorded four studio albums with Franz Ferdinand, and was part of last year’s collaboration with Sparks.

Earlier today (July 8), the Take Me Out hitmakers posted a statement informing fans that McCarthy “will not be taking part in the recording or touring of the next Franz Ferdinand album”.

The reason cited was family commitments: “When we record or tour, it takes a long, full-time commitment lasting a minimum of a year and a half, most of which is spent away from home. Nick has a young family and does not want to be away from them for such a long period.

“This is not necessarily a permanent situation and we will let you know if circumstances change in the future.”

“We’d love to be able to say this is a result of personal or musical differences, but it’s not. Those differences are what we formed the band around in the first place.”

Speaking about his decision to part ways with the band, McCarthy said: “I’d really like to thank all the fans for being such an inspiration over the years. What an amazing time it has been. I’m going to concentrate on production and writing some completely different things for a bit and we can all look forward to hearing the new Franz Ferdinand album.”