Foals’ new album is incoming – here’s everything we know so far

The Oxford band's fifth album is due in 2019

From sweaty house shows to festival headline slots, Foals’ rise to the top of the British indie pack is a story for the ages. With every release, they’ve fine-tuned their assault. From the spasmodic math-rock of debut album ‘Antidotes’, through to the more danceable textures of ‘Total Life Forever’, onto the anthemic juggernauts of ‘Holy Fire’ and ‘What Went Down’, theirs has been a confident, fired-up progression from record-to-record.

With a fifth album now confirmed for 2019 release – and the band having taken a decidedly out-of-character break from the spotlight after wrapping up the ‘What Went Down’ tour, all eyes are on their next moves. Below, we’ve rounded up everything we know about the new, fifth Foals LP.

What’s new?

  • The record has been confirmed for a 2019 release.

When will the new Foals album be released?

While an exact release date is not yet known, the band’s new publishers Transgressive have confirmed that Foals’ fifth record is set for a 2019 release.

When can we hear new music?

No date has been set for new Foals music yet, but we’ll update here as soon as we know.

How long have Foals been working on new material?

The band announced they were back in the studio towards the end of 2017, with frontman Yannis Philippakis confirming they had begun writing new tunes in October.

Speaking to NME in July 2017, 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.”


Foals headlining Citadel 2017 (Photo: Carolina Faruolo)

What will Foals’ fifth album sound like?

Numerous Instagram Stories and photos have shown the band hard at work with synthesisers and analog electronic equipment, perhaps hinting at a more electronically-led direction for Foals’ fifth album. In addition, an Instagram teaser from foals frontman Yannis Philippakis came backed by some warped synth noises, suggesting that those electronics may play a forefront role in any new material.

These suggested instrumental changes back up comments from Yannis, who told NME in July 2017: “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.”

In an Oxford Union talk in October 2017, Yannis also referenced the big sonic shift between debut album ‘Antidotes’ and its less math-rock-influenced follow-up ‘Total Life Forever’, he continued: “The last two [‘Holy Fire’ and ‘What Went Down’], they’re like buddies. What we need to do is go through some sort of violent change and make sure, whatever the next record is, it’s not friends with the last two… We’ve built a wide palette that we can draw from. It would be a shame not to keep pushing that. It’s evolution vs. extinction.”

The band also recently lost their founding bassist Walter Gervers, perhaps suggesting that the bounding basslines he has become known for may be ditched for future material.

What will Foals’ fifth album explore lyrically?

Speaking at Oxford Union in October 2017, Yannis discussed “certain events that have happened here and in America, and generally the global climate,” citing a Twitter account called Extinction Symbol as something that ‘keeps him up at night’.

“It makes me feel really bad to be a 21st Century human,” he revealed. “I think, in some ways, that might emanate in the record.”

Those comments were echoed in an interview with NME, in which Yannis hinted that their record might take a more outward-looking viewpoint, lyrically. “I think the world is obviously affecting the way we feel as individuals,” he said. “I definitely feel that when I’m writing lyrics or music, that it’s in dialogue with what’s going on around me in isolation – so I’m sure there will be things in the lyrics to do with, not just the political climate but also the environmental situation that’s happening now. I think that it will be there.”

Will Foals tour in 2019?

With the album now confirmed for a 2019 release, a tour seems certain – as of yet, though, the band have just confirmed a smattering of festival appearances for the 2019 season.

Foals will play the following festival dates in 2019:

Saturday 16 – Vive Latino, Mexico City

Friday 7 – Rock Am Ring, Nürberg, Germany
Sunday 9 – Rock Im Park, Nuremberg, Germany