WTF: Did Franz Ferdinand Rip-Off L.A. Band Foot Village?!

Foot Village, a "drum-n-shout" ensemble.
Foot Village, a "drum-n-shout" ensemble.

Can't say we saw this one coming. It's just come to West Coast Sound's attention that Factóide!, a blog in Brazil, is asking this searing question of Scottish indie-rock megastars Franz Ferdinand:

"It would be an inspiration in the soil, Foot Village?"

That's Google Translate speak for "Did those stripey shirt blokes steal moves from crazy-ass L.A. 'drum-n-shout' ensemble Foot Village?"

Foot Village leader Citizen Kinsman thinks the answer is "yes," and the video evidence (plus other circumstantial bits) seems to back him up.

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The Ferd is currently working its way through an extensive tour of South and Central America, where its been wowing crowds with a four-man standing drum solo which often finds singer Alex Kapranos hopping onto the band's gear and shouting like a crazed member of, well, Foot Village.

What's more, according to Kinsman, Kapranos made a high-profile stop-in at a November Foot Village gig in London at Barden's Boudoir.

"Lots of kids have said to us, 'I wish I was in Foot Village,' and we always tell them they should start an all-drum band of their own," says Kinsman. "It's not a gimmick, and most bands in the world have similar instrumentation, so to be fair, even a famous band should be allowed to do it. On the other hand, I would try to elevate a smaller band I thought was doing amazing stuff -- not just take their ideas.

"When it comes down to it," he added, "I'm just jealous they get to go to South America and do the four-drummer thing. If they liked us so much, they should have hired us to play in the band. [Kapranos] didn't even make the effort to introduce himself at our show."

Exhibit A, Foot Village performing at The Smell:

Exhibit B, Franz Ferdinand performing in São Paulo:

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