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Like Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining had it rocked, Foals are a band of gruesome beauty. For their 2013 third album ‘Holy Fire’ they boiled clean and battered cow bones for…

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Behind Foals’ deadpan stare – the one that tells you the Oxford quintet need to be taken seriously – it’s easy to believe there’s a playful side. One that has…

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Let’s play a game of word association. Think of Foals and what comes to mind? Artsy, difficult, oblique, precocious, intelligent, volatile, mathletic. The Oxford group’s albums to date – 2008’s…

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The other week I saw Foals play ‘My Number’, their new single and the second song we’ve heard so far from their forthcoming third album ‘Holy Fire’, live in Bournemouth…

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Foals’ idiosyncratic way of warming up for new album ‘Holy Fire’ is a tour of towns they’ve rarely had cause to visit, playing venues about a tenth of the size…

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German record label !K7 have been running their DJ-Kicks series since 1995, giving artists, producers and DJs (DUH!) the chance to showcase the music they love. Four Tet did one.…

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The dressing room says it all, really. A mixture of Bacchanalian debauchery (mojitos, grapes, buckets of booze, champagne, vodka smoothies) and kids’ birthday decorations (party poppers, inflatable microphones, transfer tattoos),…

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Shorn of all its insular, middle-of-the-album tension, ‘Olympic Airways’ reveals itself to be more of a slow-burning anthem than ‘Balloons’, ‘Cassius’ or even ‘Red Socks Pugie’. Gripped by its subtle…

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Don’t be surprised if Foals’ addiction to self-sabotage results in the dubby, paranoid Various Productions remix ending up as the A-side. However, this album version remains the best thing Foals…

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How To Deal With Hype, lesson #1: on Never Mind The Buzzcocks earlier this year, Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis received the traditional ribbing from Simon Amstell about their status as…

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Foals are so good they don’t even need choruses – just a sharp cloud of bee-sting guitar orbs that whiz around your ears like ketamine-dipped houseflies. Now, on their third…

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To call the cochlea-shredding start of ‘Matchletics’ tinny would be like describing the collective oeuvre of Public Enemy as ‘a little bit tetchy.’ However, once it gets the so-high-only-a-dog-could-dance-to-it fret…

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Foals are undeniably good, but hell, how about a little bit of originality, boys? We all like Klaxons, that’s a given, but wholesale ripping them off, right down to the…