Nick McCarthy Jul 27, 2009 2:58:04 GMT
Post by Rietveld on Jul 27, 2009 2:58:04 GMT
Nick McCarthy (born Nicholas John McCarthy 13 December 1974) is an English musician. He is the guitarist, backing/lead vocalist, and keyboardist of the Scottish band Franz Ferdinand.
Nick McCarthy was born in Blackpool, England and grew up in Rosenheim, Bavaria, Germany.
He was trained classically as a pianist and double bassist at the Munich Conservatory.
Whilst residing in Germany, McCarthy was a member of a band called Kamerakino. He also played double bass, cello and Arabic lute in a band called Embryo, whose music is described as a 'fusion of jazz, rock and ethnic world music.' After extensively touring internationally with Embryo, McCarthy decided it was time for somewhere new, returned to the UK and, on a friend's suggestion, moved to Glasgow.
There, McCarthy broke into Glasgow's underground cultural scene as a member of the jazz band Scatter, shortly after he met Alex Kapranos, now of Franz Ferdinand fame.
McCarthy met vocalist and co-guitarist Alex Kapranos at a party. Alex went with his own drink, as was tradition in that particular place, whereas Nick had a different idea: to try and steal other people's drinks without getting caught. Nick tried to steal Alex's vodka, but he was caught and a fight broke out quickly turning into a snog. When asked if he knew how to play the drums, McCarthy said that he could. However, when they met up in McCarthy's flat, this didn't seem the case. "...when he said he could play the drums what he meant was that he could hit them but in no coherent order". Undeterred, they began to rehearse together at McCarthy's house.. McCarthy was classically trained on the piano and double bass but initially tried to play drums. The trio met up with Paul Thomson who had played drums with Yummy Fur. Thomson was originally going to play guitar because he wanted to try something other than drums.
Nick and Alex decided that they needed somewhere bigger than Nick's home to play music in. Hunting for property, they went for a walk along the disused railway line that crosses over Paddy's market and the Clyde. They discovered two things: that the line wasn't disused after all, and a huge abandoned art-deco warehouse that overlooked the Clyde. They tracked down the landlord, and they persuaded him to give them the keys to the 6th floor. They were successful, eventually naming their new residence "the Château", and they made it their home. The fact that his drumming ability was lacking became irrelevant as they discovered that they could write songs together. He eventually swapped instruments with the current drummer, Paul Thomson, and with the addition of Robert Hardy, the band became Franz Ferdinand.
McCarthy is a noted player of Hagström guitars.