The Oxford band's fifth and sixth albums are 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 new material 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 return of Foals.
- Foals have released a new album teaser trailer and a snippet of ‘Exits’, the first song from ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1’, which premieres this Monday (January 21)
- Two new records have been confirmed for a 2019 release. (See: When will the new Foals albums be released?)
- The records are called ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost’ parts one and two – coming in March and autumn 2019 respectively. (See: What are the new Foals albums called?)
- A new interview with Q Magazine has revealed some of the thought processes behind the records. (See: What will Foals’ fifth album sound like? and What will Foals’ fifth album explore lyrically?)
What are the new Foals albums called?
An initial teaser video for new Foals material was released on January 10, 2019, accompanied by the statements ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost’, ‘Part 1’ and ‘Part 2’. In an interview in the March 2019 issue of Q Magazine, that was later revealed to be the title of the two records.
When will the new Foals albums be released?
Towards the end of 2018, the band’s new publishers Transgressive confirmed that a new Foals record was set for a 2019 release.
Following the release of that aforementioned teaser trailer, it has been confirmed that by the band that there will be two new records. Q Magazine‘s March 2019 interview has since confirmed that those records are set to arrive on March 8 and in autumn 2019, respectively.
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. The first single is titled ‘Exits’, as revealed by Q Magazine, and will debut on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show on January 21.
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.”
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.
In Q Magazine, Yannis confirmed that each record would have a different sonic palette. “I wanted to make something more ambitious and more creative, less predictable,” he said. “The result is two albums which have all differet types of spaces and dynamics on them.”
He continued: “We just went in like, ‘Let’s do everything we want to do’. We had trust there was gonna be a way of fashioning it into something that makes sense at the end. We wanted to have our cake and eat it.”
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.”
Speaking to Q Magazine, Yannis revealed the themes behind first single ‘Exits’: “You read about these tech billionaires who are buying bunkers in New Zealand. The song is an MC Escher-like dystopian fantasy, except it’s quite close to being reality… All the post-millennial dread that everybody’s swimming in at the moment is very much present.”
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:
16 – Vive Latino, Mexico City
30 – Lollapalooza, Buenos Aires, Argentina
31 – Lollapalooza, Santiago, Chile
2 – Teatro La Cúlpa, Santiago, Chile
5 – Lollapalooze, Sao Paulo, Brazil
3-5 – Shaky Knees, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
24 – This Is Tomorrow, Newcastle, UK
6 – Northside, Aarhus, Denmark
7 – Rock Am Ring, Nürberg, Germany
9 – Rock Im Park, Nuremberg, Germany
24-26 – InMusic, Zagreb, Croatia
5 – Festival Cruïlla – Barcelona, Spain
6-7 – Down The Rabbit Hole, Ewijk, Netherlands
26-28 – Low Festival, Benidorm, Spain
1-3 – Szene Open Air, Lustenaru, Austria