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Foals

Foals are a five-piece band from Oxford, UK. Frontman Yannis Philippakis and drummer Jack Bevan played in bands together since the age of 15 and have described their first band The Edmund Fitzgerald as "heavy", "technical" and "mostly instrumental". Yannis and Edwin Congreave (keyboard) were studying at Oxford University but dropped out in order to pursue their music and were joined by Walter Gervers (bass) and Jack who both also dropped out of university. The only member of Foals to finish his degree was guitarist Jimmy Smith (guitar, synths)who studied Geography at the University of Hull. The quintet started out by arranging gigs at house parties through MySpace and leaving houses ruined in their wake.

Their debut album Antidotes was released in 2008 and didn’t include two of their most popular songs at the time, ‘Hummer’ and ‘Mathletics’. The album was recorded in Brooklyn and Jack recorded some of his drums in alleyways there in the middle of the night. TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek was producer, with the band working from 4pm until dawn every day for five weeks. However, the band were not happy with Dave Sitek’s final version of the album and so they ended up remixing it themselves. The most successful single on the debut was ‘Cassius’ which was written about the fall of Rome. 2008 also saw Foals voted second ‘wildest’ performers by NME readers.

The follow-up album to Antidotes was Total Life Forever, released in 2010. Producer Paul Epworth was ditched by the band at the start of recording and Luke Smith was recruited instead. Yannis has spoken about how the album was inspired in part by the deteriorating physical state of Mike Tyson. It was recorded in Gothenburg, Sweden. ‘Spanish Sahara’ won an NME Award for Best Track.

The band relocated closer to home to record their 2013 album Holy Fire, which was recorded in London. They worked with producers Flood and Moulder, who picked up the award for UK Producers of the Year at the Music Producers Guild Awards 2014 for their work on the album. Foals made their first major festival headline appearance at Latitude 2013. Holy Fire was voted for by NME readers as album of the year and ‘My Number’ was named readers’ favourite track of the year, in both categories beating off Arctic Monkeys and QOTSA.

Foals are to headline Parklife and Bestival this summer.

Foals News

Foals' Yannis doesn't know if collaboration with Underworld's Karl Hyde will be released – watch

The pair worked together over Christmas on a "couple of tracks", but the frontman says Foals is "still my baby"

  • Apr 3, 2014

Foals return to 'stinkbox studio' to work on follow-up to 'Holy Fire' – watch

The Oxford band say they're working with song ideas for fourth album but don't know what will make the cut

  • Apr 2, 2014

Foals' Yannis Philippakis collaborates with Underworld's Karl Hyde

The pair recorded a number of tracks together after meeting at a festival

  • Feb 17, 2014

Foals dedicate Valentine's Day set to London crowd

The band played the first of two huge London shows at Alexandra Palace last night (February 14)

  • Feb 15, 2014

Foals promise summer festival headline slots will be 'bigger' than ever

The band will top the bill at Parklife and Bestival

  • Feb 14, 2014

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Foals Music Videos

Out Of The Woods Play Video

Out Of The Woods

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Bad Habit Play Video

Bad Habit

Watch the official Bad Habit video by Foals in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Foals at Festival Fever Sessions - 4/19/2013 Play Video

Foals at Festival Fever Sessions - 4/19/2013

Watch Foals cool off by the Baeble bungalow pool with a slow burning rendition of their party anthem "My Number".

Late Night Play Video

Late Night

Watch the official Late Night video by Foals in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

My Number Play Video

My Number

Watch the official My Number video by Foals in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

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Foals Reviews

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XOYO, London, February 7

  • Feb 22, 2013

Foals - 'Holy Fire'

The Oxford art-rockers cast off their spiky, mathletic shackles and head for the big league with their third album

  • Feb 6, 2013

Foals - 'My Number'

The second track to emerge from third album 'Holy Fire'

  • Dec 14, 2012

Foals

The Leopard, Doncaster, December 2

  • Dec 13, 2012

Foals - 'Tapes'

The Oxford quintet's keyboardist, Edwin Congreave, shares the music he and his bandmates love

  • Jun 29, 2012

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Foals Biography

Foals are a band from Oxford, England. The band are signed with Transgressive Records in Europe and Sub Pop in the USA. A full length album--entitled Antidotes--was released on 24 March 2008 in the UK, and 8 April in the USA. It was produced by socialite Wendy Jane and Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio though the band chose to mix the record themselves.

Guitarist and vocalist Yannis Philippakis was voted 45 in music magazine NME's 2007 Cool List. He was also voted 27 in NME's 2008 Cool List. He is an avid collector of analogue tape echoes and a believer in the Evil Eye. Despite the dance-punk sound, the band is heavily-influenced by math rock, techno, post-rock and minimalism.

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