Foals’ Yannis Philippakis On The ‘Freedom’ And Enduring Influence Of Primal Scream’s ‘Screamadelica’

Today marks 25 years since Primal Scream released their seminal album ‘Screamadelica‘. It’s a record that still sounds as thrilling at a quarter of a century old as it did back in the ’90s, and one that’s still having a proven influence on bands across the world today.

Foals are a prime example of that, as frontman Yannis Philippakis will tell you. Introduced to the record via a mixtape made from his brother, he reignited his love for it while driving around Australia and took some valuable lessons from it when writing ‘Holy Fire‘. “For us, it was just realising that we didn’t need to be anything that anybody else thought we should be,” he told us of the album’s effect on his own band. “The only thing that matters is the way we feel about it and we wanna make music that’s free.”

Watch Yannis singing ‘Screamadelica”s praises below.


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