Foals grace the cover of the new issue of NME. Mark Beaumont and photographer Dean Chalkley travelled to the band’s Oxford HQ. Here are some of the pictures we couldn’t squeeze into the feature.
Foals bassist Walter Gervers poses in his bedroom. He obviously hasn’t tidied it in a while. Head to NME.COM/foals for loads more Foals stuff – including video interviews and a review of new album ‘Total Life Forever’.
Yannis and Edwin sort through their instruments. The big piece of paper stuck on the wall shows the working titles of the songs on the band’s new album, ‘Total Life Forever’.
Yannis in the new issue: “We’ve become one big 10-legged person. It’s a brotherhood.”
Studio detritus. Foals’ Oxford base, where they live and work, has been dubbed House Of Supreme Mathematics by bloggers.
Foals guitarist Jimmy Smith. According to Picture Director Marian Paterson, Jimmy’s bedroom was the tidiest. Yannis’ was the messiest.
Yannis: “We liked the idea of this place being a retreat… a centralised powerbase. A romantic idea, don’t you think?”
Foals drummer Jack Bevan invites us into his boudoir.
Foals: “We still argue, but we get on better than ever.”
The band’s kitchen, which they share with another band who live in the same house, Jonquil.
Yannis does a spot of DIY while the rest of the band rehearse.
Some boxes in a corridor. Really conveys the non-stop excitement of being in a band, don’t you think?
Yannis’ bedroom. NME.COM/foals
Yannis: “We probably are a difficult band to work with.”
Jack Bevan in the band’s basement studio.
A letter from the neighbours complaining about the noise. Despite the complaint, they are good friends, and the neighbours’ kids often come to the band’s gigs.
A photo montage in one of the band’s bedrooms.
Foals’ house in Jericho, Oxford. Radiohead played their first gigs just down the road.
And here’s that NME cover. Cheer up, Yannis! Delve deeper into new album ‘Total Life Forever’ in our Foals hub, packed with news, photos, new videos (including a live session) and more.