Foals side projects to be revealed ‘in the near future’

Yannis Philippakis discusses life beyond the band following 'Holy Fire' release

Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis says the band will soon start to venture into solo and side projects following the release of their latest album, ‘Holy Fire’.

To date, only Edwin Congreave has used his time away from Foals to make solo music, releasing house track ‘Heal’ on the Deep Shit label he runs with Jack Savidge of Friendly Fires in 2012. However, Philippakis told BBC Newsbeat that he would be keen to work on the score to a feature film and that there are other ideas knocking around between the group. “I’d love to [do] a film soundtrack – I’m sure Jimmy (Smith, guitar) would as well,” he said.

The lead singer added: “At some point, probably in the not too distance future, we are going to start doing things on the side largely to satisfy creative impulses which we can’t satisfy with Foals. There are definitely certain things I would like to do which would shock, terrify and scar a lot of Foals fans.”

Meanwhile, in an interview with The Times Philippakis hints at moving on from music all together. Discussing his future in the industry, the 26-year-old says “It’s very difficult to age gracefully in the music industry. I don’t want to be one of those 30-year-olds penning lyrics for 15-year-olds.” Asked what he may do instead, Philippakis replies: “I’ve thought about growing artichokes in Greece.”

Foals were among the latest round of additions to this year’s Reading and Leeds festivals. They will appear alongside headliners Eminem and Biffy Clyro as well as Jake Bugg, Fall Out Boy and Deftones.