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Nick McCarthy (born Nicholas Augustine McCarthy 13 December 1974) is an Englishmarker musician. He is the guitarist, backing/lead vocalist, and keyboardist of the Scottishmarker band Franz Ferdinand.

Early years

Nick McCarthy was born in Blackpoolmarker, Englandmarker and grew up near Munichmarker, Bavariamarker, Germanymarker.

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 Glasgowmarker.

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.

Franz Ferdinand

McCarthy met vocalist and co-guitarist Alex Kapranos at a party. 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. With the addition of Robert Hardy, the band became Franz Ferdinand.

Box Codax

On 2 July 2005, McCarthy married his Austrian fiancée Manuela Gernedel in Bavariamarker, Germanymarker. Franz Ferdinand turned down a Live 8 spot so that the pair could tie the knot.

McCarthy and his longtime friend Alexander Ragnew have formed a band called Box Codax, and have released their first two singles, "Boys and Girls" and "Naked Smile," on the label The Thin Man (previously known as Thin Man Records). The band's first album, "Only An Orchard Away" was released on 4 September 2006. McCarthy's wife makes several appearances on the album.

The band released the album on the Gomma Records label and it is described as "a collection of songs often romantic and whimsical nostalgia, at other times scrappy and punky"


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