Net als Radiohead heeft Foals Oxford als thuisbasis, zijn ze met vijf en studeerden ze aan de plaatselijke universiteit. Maar daar houden de vergelijkingen op. Waar de twee eerste cd's nog grossierden in gelaagde art-rock, haalt Foals op deze derde een donkerder geluid boven. Van de instrumentale opener 'Prelude' tot de opzwepende ritmes van 'My Number' en 'Bad Habit': dit is een ambitieuze, verfrissende popplaat waarop gothic rock en hoekige dance elkaar dankbaar in de armen vallen. Met voorsprong hun beste tot nog toe.
Op 15 maart speelt Foals een uitverkocht concert in de Ancienne Belgique te Brussel.
De Morgen - 09-02-2013
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Yannis Philippakis (Vocals and guitar)
Jack Bevan (Drums)
Jimmy Smith (Guitar)
Edwin Congreave (Keyboard)
Walter Gervers (Bass)
Formed in Oxford, England, by longtime friends Yannis Philippakis (guitar) and Jack Bevan (drums), along with Andrew Mears on vocals, guitarist Jimmy Smith, and bassist Walter Gervers, Foals -- whose name is a play on the etymology of Philippakis' name -- began as a way to protest against the proggier sounds that were both popular in Oxford and in Philippakis and Bevan's former band, the Edmund Fitzgerald. After releasing the single "Try This on Your Piano" in 2006, Mears left Foals in order to more fully concentrate on his other group, Youthmovies (formerly Youthmovie Soundtrack Strategies), and Philippakis -- who had lived until he was seven in a tiny Grecian village -- added the role of lead vocals to his guitar-playing duties. Edwin Congreave, a fellow Oxford student the frontman had met when they were both working at the same bar and who introduced the group to techno, soon joined in on keyboards, despite the fact he had never played the instrument before -- nor ever been in a band -- and the full lineup of Foals was completed. The quintet worked on perfecting its poppy, jittery, upbeat, math rock/post-punk sound by playing house parties around the area, and soon the group was signed to Transgression Records, who released the singles "Hummer" and "Mathletics" in April and August of 2007, respectively. Foals picked up quite a buzz in the U.K., and in June 2007 they went to New York to record their debut album under the guidance of producer and TV on the Radio guitarist Dave Sitek. The sessions went well, but the bandmembers ended up not being happy with the final mix, choosing instead to remix it themselves, and issuing the full-length, Antidotes -- which, incidentally, included neither "Hummer" nor "Mathletics" -- in March of 2008, while Sub Pop picked up the album in the U.S. and gave it an April release, adding the two neglected singles as bonus tracks. Two years later the band returned with their sophomore album, Total Life Forever, released by Transgressive Records.
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