“He’ll always be our brother” – Foals announce departure from band

"It's the end of a chapter, but not the end of the book"

Foals have announced the departure of bassist Walter Gervers.

The Oxford band, who have been in the studio at work on their next album after their crowning headline set at Citadel back in summer, took to social media to reveal Gervers’ amicable exit.

“To all our fans,” they wrote. “Sadly we have to announce that our mate Water has decided to leave the band to pursue a new life. The parting has been sad but we remain firm friends. He’ll always be out brother, we love him and wish him well in his future endeavours.

“We had 12 amazing years touring together from a small postal van to the Pyramid Stage and beyond. It’s the end of a chapter, but not the end of the book.”

Foals continued: “We want to thank him for all his time and energy and passion and we want to thank you for all your support from the early days and into the future.

“We are making new music and working on the fifth LP. It’s gonna be the best yet. Keep those ears alive.”

Speaking to NME about their new album back in July, frontman Yannis Philippakis said: “We’re in the marinating stage of thinking about getting onto the next record. We have a couple of bits written but it’s in the very early stages. We’re in the conception stage, we’re not pregnant yet, we’re just trying to have the kid.”

“I think it’s good to be hungry and want to make big leaps between records and keep things surprising and keep it unpredictable and to grow. It’s important for bands to evolve and I think it’s one of the reasons that it’s still exciting for us after having done four records.”

He added: “If we were just repeating the same thing and style, I think it would have got boring – but just making records to the reactions of the one that came before is probably not the healthiest thing because it’s throwing the baby out with the bath water. I think that was the knee-jerk reaction we had at the beginning. We’ve got to go through some sort of violent change for the record to be what we want it to be. I’m excited for it and we’re hungry for it. I’m excited to make a new body of work.”