Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand have announced a boycott of US recording studios - because the tea-drinking hitmakers can't get a decent brew in them.

Frontman and hot beverage connoisseur Alex Kapranos is sick of second rate teas in the country which famously emptied 45 tons of English tea into the Boston Harbour.

And he has vowed never to grace their studios with his music until they exchange kitsch for kettles.

He rants, "The top studios in America are too professional and cool for us.

"And frankly, none of us have ever experienced a good cup of tea in the States - so we stick with Scotland."